Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Reading Challenge

After the winter we had in the Midwest, I'm pretty glad it's summer. I've got a bunch of writing projects on the horizon, but I also view summer as reading time, which probably goes back to those lazy kid days where I filled my summers reading books and riding bikes.

The YA Buccaneers are helping our reading goals by offering prizes and a pretty cool Summer Reading Bingo board.

My first book on deck is Jennifer Mathieu's The Truth About Alice.

Lucky me, I get to meet her tonight at a local Fierce Reads tour event! Jennifer and I share an agent, so I've had her book on my list for a long while.

After reading the first few chapters last night--wow. Each chapter alternates with a new POV about Alice Franklin, a rumored "slut" who is supposedly responsible for causing the death of a star athlete in a small town. The way the story is told makes it so powerful, in a similar vein to Sioban Vivian's The List.

Go ahead and join in on the summer reading challenge! You don't have to fill all the Bingo squares, they are just to get you started.

What books do you have on your summer list?


  1. I've heard so many good things about this book so I'll have to add it to my list.

    I should make a list of all of the books I plan to read for this challenge. Right now I'm reading a memoir that also doubles as research for my WIP. It's not something I would normally have picked up, but it's really good so far, so I'm glad I did!

  2. I am so behind on my summer reading it's not even funny. I've actually read zero books since spring. Shame shame.

  3. Interesting that reading a book with a male protagonist is on the list, but not a female protagonist. It does seem like male protagonists are becoming increasingly hard to find, especially in YA.


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