Monday, September 07, 2015

My Big Book Summer Wrap-Up

Well, here it is Labor Day again and the official end of summer. That means it's time to wrap up the Big Book Summer Challenge for another year!

This was my best Big Book Summer since I started hosting the challenge - I actually read ALL of the big books I wanted to read this summer! That's a first. It probably helped that none of them were really huge, but there were 6 all together, so I am still proud of myself for staying on track!

Here are the Big Books I planned to read - and DID read this summer:

That's 3 adult novels and 3 kid or YA novels. I chose well because these were all excellent! All in all, it was a good reading summer.

If you participated in the 2015 Big Book Summer Challenge, remember that you can still add reviews of your Big Books read this summer to the link list (scroll down to the bottom and add your reviews to the last links list on the challenge page, the one with picture icons of the books reviewed).

And, finally, the Big Book Summer Giveaway!

I used the random number generator at to choose a number from the list of participants, and the winner is (drumroll...):
Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers! (they blog together so they joined the challenge as a team). Be sure to stop by their wonderful blog and congratulate them!
Kellee & Ricki - you can choose any book from among these 6 Big Books - all have been read but are in good shape...and all were great books! You can read my reviews at the links:

  • The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer (read for the challenge last summer & enjoyed but not reviewed) - an adult novel about teen friends who meet at summer camp & how the rest of their lives unfold.
  • One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus, a historical novel
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  •  I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, a popular teen/YA sci fi thriller that was made into a movie
  • The Roar by Emma Clayton, a middle-grade/teen dystopian novel my son and I both loved
  • The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu, another middle-grade/teen favorite of my son and I
These are all great novels that I enjoyed, so let me know which one you want and I will get it in the mail to you!


  1. Congratulations on your success this summer! I was proud of being able to fit in a big book during my summer of reading struggle :)
    Thank you also for the giveaway! Ricki and I will get back with you soon! I am so excited :)

    1. Thanks! And congratulations on winning the giveaway!

  2. Hooray for the Big Book Summer Wrap-Up! We were so happy to participate and hope you will host again this year! Kellee is in a classroom, so she will take the book. We are a team, so no need to send two. Shipping is expensive. We appreciate your generosity very much! Hooray for big books! Thank you for hosting this challenge!

    1. Sounds good. So glad that you guys participated.

    2. P.S. Any of the 3 middle-grade novels on the bottom row would be great for a classroom!

    3. P.P.S. I actually have dozens and dozens of middle-grade books here to choose from, after our recent clean-put of my son's room. So, let me know if you want some more choices or have another book in mind - we probably have it!

  3. Great challenge as always! Thanks for hosting! I only completed about half of my goal, but I'm glad to have done that much. Here's my recap: