What Became of My (Wishful) Summer Reading List

At the start of the summer I uploaded this post, in which I told you all about the books I hoped to read between July and September. The summer has now come to an end (both weather-wise and freedom from uni-wise) and I’m back to tell you which of those books I actually managed to read, as well as the ones I read that weren’t even on the list.

First up: the books from the list that I’ve actually read;

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  3. Vicious by V. E. Schwab
  4. The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern
  5. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  6. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
  7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

So, that’s about half of the list I managed to read. Not too bad, but still, I really would have liked to read the others as well.

Now for the books that weren’t on the list:

  1. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
  2. The Next Together by Lauren James
  3. The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen (Penguin 80th Anniversary Edition)
  4. Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
  5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  6. The Wicked + The Divine, vol 2: Fandemonium by Kieron Gillen
  7. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  8. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale*
  11. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome*

Overall, I’d say it’s been pretty good going – though I must add some of those books were tiny and both Harry Potter books were audiobooks. But still! I consumed a very decent amount of texts and some of the texts above are for my children’s literature module this semester (the ones by Lewis, Ransome, Pullman and Blyton).

I have written/filmed reviews of the following books in case you’re interested: The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Lying Out Loud, Only Ever Yours, The Next Together, Everything, Everything, and will soon have some sort of collective review going up on some of the children’s books I’m reading for uni!

Let me know what you’ve read this summer in the comments!



*Technically I haven’t finished the starred books just yet, but I’m sure I will have by the end of this week!


My (Wishful) Summer Reading List

Now, over on my Youtube channel I make monthly TBR videos, which I will continue to do during the summer, but I thought that I would write up my (overly ambitious and very far-fetched) reading list for July until the end of September (which is when uni starts again). Meaning that it’s very likely that I will not be reading all of these books. Still, I’d like to try! 

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

4. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

5. The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern

6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


7. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

9. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 

10. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

11. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

12. The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

13. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

14. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

15. Say Her Name by James Dawson

I am currently working my way through The Picture of Dorian Gray, and A Court of Thorns and Roses. The books by Doerr, Schwab and Ahern I intend to bring with me when I go on holiday in August. I already finished Lying Out Loud (of which I got a copy through Netgalley – review will be coming soon!) and really enjoyed it. Most of the others are books that I’ve owned for a while but still haven’t managed to read, so I hope I’ll finally manage to squeeze them in!

What are your reading plans this summer?