The Super Summer Reading Program Link-Up

Well, for many of us here in the States, this coming weekend marks the end of summer, the last long weekend before the straight-ahead stretch to Thankgiving.  So we come, too, to the end of the Super Summer Reading Program. 4259120807

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my part of the program, where I shared Top Ten Lists for a variety of books every week.  In fact, I may just keep that as the Friday feature here on the blog. (Recommend topics for me again, if you would).

But today, we’re doing our great link-up so that on Monday, I can award the two $25 gift cards for Powell’s Books to the lucky winners.  You’ll remember, I am giving a prize to the person with the most books read between June 14th and today AND a prize to the person who has read the most books in the most diverse categories (see link above).

I CANNOT WAIT to see what you have all been reading.  Please share your lists in the comments below, OR if you have a blog of your own, use the link-up to send us to your post.  Then, check back here on Monday to see who won.

But first, here’s my list of summer reading:
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good by Peter Greer

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

Rough Likeness: Essays by Lia Purpura

Nightmarriage by Chad Thomas Johnston

Not as impressive a list as I had hoped, but still, I’m pleased that I read a variety of genres.  I also started Flight by Sherman Alexie, Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt, and Wash by Margaret Wrinkle.  I hope to finish those in September.

Now, it’s your turn.  What did you read this summer?  Share your list in the comments  or link-up to your own blog using the form below.

Then, stop by on Monday morning to see if you won.  Yay to books!!



  • Janelle Downey

    Here’s what I’ve finished since June 14th:

    The Pacific Northwest by Stephen Brewer (in preparation for our Northwest trip)
    The Gap Year by Sarah Bird
    Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (the author is a friend of a friend)
    A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
    The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
    The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
    It Happened in Colorado by James A. Crutchfiedl
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
    The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey
    Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
    London Under: The Secret History Beneath the Streets by Peter Ackroyd
    The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

    As you can see, I have extremely eclectic and divergent tastes.

  • Suzanne

    I read:

    City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
    Citrus County by John Brandon
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (LOVED this one)
    Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale
    Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (Also LOVE)
    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
    Snapper by Brian Kimberling
    The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
    You are a Writer by Jeff Goins
    A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford
    A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
    Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
    Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  • Andi @ Estella’s Revenge

    I haven’t been a part of the event necessarily (don’t know how I missed it!), so you do have to enter me in the giveaway, but I am super proud of my summer reading, so I’m sharing. 😉

    Naked by David Sedaris
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber
    The Suicide Shop by Jean Teule
    The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
    The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
    The Color Master by Aimee Bender
    Matilda by Roald Dahl
    A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
    Good Riddance by Cynthia Copeland
    We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    Transformations by Anne Sexton
    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
    Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
    Arabel and Mortimer by Joan Aiken
    George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl
    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
    Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
    The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
    The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

    Definitely the most summer reading I’ve done in YEARS, and it feels so good!

  • Ann

    Farther Away – Essays by Jonathon Franzen
    These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 181-1901 by Nancy E. Turner
    The Florist’s Daugher Patricia Hample
    The New Writers of the South, a Fiction Anthology, Edited by Charles East
    The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf by Kathryn Davis
    St. Zita Society – Ruth Rendell
    The Reserve – Russell Banks
    Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
    The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud
    House of Happy Endings – Leslie Garis
    Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman
    Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household – Kate Hubbard
    Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
    Hallucinations – Oliver Sacks
    Inside the Kingdom – Carmen bin Laden
    The Astronaut’s Wives Club – Lily Koppel
    The Fun Stuff: And Other Essays – James Woods
    From Our House: A Memoir – Lee Martin
    His Eye is on the Sparrow – Ethel Waters and Charles Samuels

    This is the first time I’ve kept track of my reading. I think I’ll keep at it. Thanks, Andi.

  • Leigh Kramer

    Since June 14:
    1. Bound South (Susan Rebecca White)
    2. Sing You Home (Jodi Picoult)
    3. Fly Away (Kristin Hannah)
    4. Carry On, Warrior (Glennon Melton)
    5. Lean In (Sheryl Sandberg)
    6. The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)
    7. Me Before You (Jojo Mayes)
    8. Still Life With Oysters and Lemon (Mark Doty)
    9. MWF Seeking BFF (Rachel Bertsche)
    10. Loving Frank (Nancy Horan)
    11. What Alice Forgot (Liane Moriarty)
    12. Real Food: What to Eat and Why (Nina Planck)
    13. Young House Love (John and Sherry Petersik)
    14. Life After Art (Matt Appling)
    15. Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)
    16. Revenge Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger)
    17. She Matters (Susanna Sonnenberg)
    18. The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance (Elna Baker)
    19. Still Points North (Leigh Newman)
    20. A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Rachel Held Evans)
    21. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels (Ree Drummond)
    22. Just Like Family (Tasha Blaine)
    23. A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
    24. Christianity for the Rest of Us (Diana Butler Bass)
    25. When We Were On Fire (Addie Zierman)
    26. Letters to a Young Poet (Rainer Maria Rilke)

  • Sharry Miller

    I added my blog link above, but here’s my list. I can see from the above comments that I have no chance at the most-books-read prize. I feel like a slacker!

    •How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth; Robyn Benincasa
    •Stolen in Paradise; Toby Neal
    •Siege and Storm; Leigh Bardugo
    •Shadow and Bone; Leigh Bardugo
    •Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time; Mark Adams
    •Solar Storms; Linda Hogan
    •The Heist; Janet Evonovich
    •Blood Orchids; Toby Neal
    •The Final Arrangement; Annie Adams
    •The Ocean at the End of the Lane: Neil Gaiman
    •Big Stone Gap; Adriana Trigiani
    •The Selkie Sorceress; Sophie Moss
    •All My Restless Life to Live; Dee DeTarsio