SummySeries 2021 Wrap-up

For this year’s SummySeries, I randomly selected books from my TBR-read list.


This was harder than I anticipated. I had to skip over some books because they were checked out from the library and a few were future releases.

Would I do this again?


But not for three months straight.


Starting number of books: 1,394

Number I deleted: 1

Number I read: 5

Ending number of books: 1,461 (+ 67 hahah…oh well)


THE TIGER by John Vaillant

Adult non-fiction, detailed the hunt for a man-eating tiger, but also delved into the uneasy alliance between tigers/humans and the history of the Russian Far East. It was dense/wordy (I kept a dictionary handy) and sometimes graphic while describing attacks, but interesting if you enjoy history.


YA fantasy duology about Lazlo Strange who travels to the lost city of Weep, as part of a group recruited to solve a mysterious problem there.

I’ve read Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and have the same thought about this series: Wow, can this author build a world and turn a phrase!

There was a stunning vitality to him, as though he breathed all the world’s air and only left enough for others by sheer benevolence. (StD 62)

Like a cloud of breath in an orchard when there’s nothing left to say. (StD 519)

His smiles had been pickled things, as though they’d been preserved in vinegar on some earlier occasion, to be pulled out to act as a garnish to his artfully plated expressions. (MoN 293)

The romance passages were a bit too flowery for my personal taste, even though I did like the main romance overall and the promises of others.

GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

YA dark humor? Fantasy-ish? I’m not sure how to categorize this book about a teenager named Cameron who is diagnosed with a fatal disease and goes on a road trip to find a cure.

The premise is cool and it was creatively told, but it just never came together for me.

Bonus: This book has been on my shelf for probably a decade, so yay for finally reading it! I’m donating it to my library for someone else to discover.


YA contemp about a reserved high schooler who enters the race for prom queen to earn scholarship money and falls for one of her competitors along the way.

This book had all the feels – funny, heartfelt, and fist-pump worthy. I adored Liz’s relationship with her family and the depiction of complicated friendship. I could totally see this as a movie.

What I’m Reading Next

Two new releases in September:

#TheLeftoverBride by Elodie Nowodazkij (adult romance, 9/14/21)

Bend in the Road by Sara Biren (YA Contemp, 9/28/21)

Published by Jennifer Pickrell

I write YA contemporary filled w/ romance, angst & family drama. Things I like: cats, snacks, baseball, green tea, taking pictures of trees & movies so bad, they’re good.

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