What's the Summer Series Challenge? Here's the story from Heather @ Flyleaf Review, one of the hosts:
"The Summer Series Challenge is a three-month-long opportunity to complete unfinished series you've already started. Or read through series that are now finished, but you have yet to begin. Even better, consider reading a series or two in its entirety, back to back -- this is something I particularly enjoy, especially series with 4 or more books in it."
I signed up for this challenge but knew that I wasn't going to get any series reading done until I was on vacation. Which I am! Two straight days of rain has dampened my spirits but allowed me to read, read, read...
What I've Done So Far:
In the car on the way to the beach, I read the Curseworkers series by Holly Black.
I love this series so much -- it's possible that I stopped reading because I didn't want the story to end. But I had to find out what happened. And .. it was amazing. I think I want to read these books back to back. Maybe next summer….
Last week, I finished up the Lumatere Chronicles by reading Froi of the Exiles and Quintana of Charyn. I LOVE Melina Marchetta, but I'm not the biggest fantasy reader. Last summer, I finally read Finnikin of the Rock, and was completely blown away by how amazing it was. And, of course, the whole series is amazing. I still think that the first book is my favorite, but this series has an amazing cast of characters, wonderful themes of warfare and enmity, love and loyalty, and heartbreak and hope!
This week, I am finishing the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty. I read one or two of these books years and years ago, and it's been interesting to re-read them. Here's my quick take:
- Jessica and Marcus are less endearing than I remember. Maybe because I'm that much older? I love her whole smart-girl-stuck-in-the-suburbs thing and can relate to that. I don't remember Marcus' whole go-meditate-in-the-desert thing. If any guy said, "our relationship is what we let it be" to me, I'd throw something at his head.
- I can see the strong influence of 80s teen movies on this series, and then, looking forward, I can also see the influence of this series on popular culture of the 2010s. I'd bet that Lena Dunham read these books!
- Revisiting the early 2000s is pretty funny. References to Britney and K-Fed (remember him?) and The Facebook (a place for college students to find dates) had me chuckling.
Have you read any of these series?