Back in June I wrote a blog post about the books I hoped to read over the summer, and actually got some great comments. I also really enjoyed having my list out there as a benchmark to shoot for; not because I thought anyone who frequents this blog was actually wondering, “I wonder how that La Tray guy is doing with his summer reading list?” but just because it seemed to make me accountable to myself. See, I buy too many damn books, and ones that I just had to have when I bought them often get shuffled to the bottom of the old TBR pile as new ones float in and out of the queue. I stacked the ones up I listed next to the little desk I use downstairs, and dove in. Now that summer is over, I thought I’d revisit the list. Yeah, yeah, summer isn’t officially over for a couple weeks yet, but we can pretty much accept Labor Day as the end, can’t we?
So how did I do?
I did read all of those thirteen books I listed. Here they are again, with links to my (very) short reviews on Goodreads:
- The Last Great Fight by Joe Layden (fiction)
- Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth (fiction)
- The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (fiction)
- The Lost City of Z by David Grann (nonfiction)
- True Grit by Charles Portis (fiction)
- The Raven’s Gift by Jon Turk (nonfiction)
- A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (fiction)
- A Bad Day for Pretty by Sophie Littlefield (fiction)
- American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell (fiction)
- Body by Harry Crews (fiction)
- A Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan (nonfiction)
- The Song is You by Megan Abbott (fiction)
- Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott (fiction)
Besides those books, I also managed to knock these out, getting the last one in just under the wire on Labor Day:
- Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby (nonfiction)
- The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (fiction)
- Hunt Among the Killers of Men by David J. Schow (fiction)
- Savages by Don Winslow (fiction)
- The Cold Kiss by John Rector (fiction)
- Be Ready When the Shit Goes Down by Forrest Griffin and Erich Krauss (nonfiction)
- Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell (fiction)
- Chasing the Dragon by Nicholas Kaufmann (fiction)
- Without a Paddle by Warren Richey (nonfiction)
- Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass (fiction)
- Gun Work by David J. Schow (fiction)
I had a great summer reading. I enjoyed every book, and while I give out a lot of 4-star books I don’t give out that many 5-star ones . . . and more than a couple of these earned the 5. While I read mostly fiction, I managed to read a couple nonfiction titles that really entertained and inspired me. I revisited some old favorite authors and discovered some new ones I can’t wait to read more from. I really have no complaints, and I’ll happily talk about any of these titles if anyone is interested!
What about the rest of you? Read anything good?
Next up . . . the Fall Reading Queue. . . .