Summer TBR Wipeout – Wrap Up Post

Sooo around 6 weeks ago I signed up for Candid Cover’s 2nd Annual Summer TBR Wipeout and wow time has really flown. I can’t believe it’s all over but unfortunately it is and it’s time for my wrap up post.

In my introductory post I set myself the target of reading 21 books over the period knowing it was unlikely I’d manage them all but willing to give it a go. So how did I do?


I would definitely class myself as a mood reader so sticking to a plan is almost impossible for me (getting my excuses in early). Other than a couple of slips however I did manage to stick pretty close to it and finished 14 of the 21.

The Rome AffairDaughter of the Burning CityYesterday: The thriller of the summerThe Marriage PactEmma in the NightDon't Close Your EyesClose Enough to TouchMaresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles, #1)Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)Wing JonesWe Were LiarsThis Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)Roar (Stormheart)

Out of these 14 I don’t think there were really any bad reads (well maybe one) and I enjoyed just about everything. The definite highlights however were The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond, The Rome Affair by Karen Swan and We Were Liars by E Lockhart but special mentions should also go to The Monsters of Verity series by V.E. Schwab and Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (and maybe a few others too)

Outwith the list I also finished another 4 books taking my grand total read to 18

Big Sexy LoveArtemisBurn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)White Hot (Hidden Legacy, #2)

I’m really, really happy I deviated as Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood turned out to be my absolute favourite read of the summer and I suspect will be one of my favourite reads of the year. The title makes it sound a bit Fifty Shades but I promise it’s not (there’s almost no sex). It’s more of a Sophie Kinsella or The Hating Game type romcom but a really emotional read. The MC’s BFF is dying (this is in the blurb so not spoilery).

Artemis by Andy Weir I just couldn’t resist as soon as I received the ARC (and it’s brilliant) and Ilona Andrews was a bit of escapism (my list was lacking some paranormal romance).

Still to Read

So with 14 of my 21 done I should still have another 7 left but I decided to knock a book off the list (it was a book club read I didn’t fancy) so have 6 still left on my TBR.

Tall OaksThe ScandalNOS4R2The Boy on the BridgeThe Darkest Part of the ForestNow I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

With the exception of The Scandal I think I’ve hit all of the release dates of my ARCs so there’s no mad panic on these (although I really want to read asap). I’m thinking I may do a Fall TBR Bingo 🙂

So that’s it, it’s officially over 😦 I want to say a big thank you to Candid Cover for hosting, I’ve absolutely loved it and sign me up for next year.

Happy reading everyone!

8 thoughts on “Summer TBR Wipeout – Wrap Up Post

  1. Hurray!! You read an amazing amount of books! I can totally understand how it is easy to deviate from your original plan! I tend to do the same thing. Big Sexy Love sounds like my kind of read and I think that I will add it to my TBR since you enjoyed it so much. Thanks so much for taking part in the challenge, and I look forward to next year’s antics. 🙂


  2. That is an impressive number of books you’ve managed to read, Ali:). As for deviating from your original plan… yes, well – at the end of the day, this is still your hobby and you should be enjoying it. While it’s good to get some order into our reading lives – there’s no point into strait-jacketing yourself into a reading slump, is there? I think you’ve negotiated between those two extremes with admirable skill. Congratulations!

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  3. Congrats on reading as many as you did!!
    We have similar taste in books and several that are on your tbr list are on mine too.
    (I just read The Boy on the Bridge – loved it!)
    I can be a mood reader too, so I made sure to have quite a variety of books on my tbr list for this challenge! You were smart to do the same! =)

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    • Thanks. I still haven’t read The Boy on the Bridge but am definitely planning to get to it soon. I started the Fireman and that book is huge.

      I think I could maybe have done with a tiny bit more variety, it was a little heavy on YA fantasy and thrillers, but those were the books with dates.


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