High Summer Readathon July 22-July 28, 2013

high summer read-a-thon

The High Summer Read-a-thon Hosted by Seasons of Reading begins July 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM CST and ends July 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST. It’s a chance to read to your heart’s content.

I enjoy laid back, week-long read-a-thons so I can squeeze reading in whenever I can so I sign up for Michelle’s each time they come around.

1. Finish Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. – Done!
2. The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey – read a chapter
3. Make Today Count by John Maxwell

While I am still plugging through my “required reading” section of my Summer Reading List, I hope to make some good progress on these non-fiction books so I can dive back into fiction.  Look at all these great books just begging to be read.


What are you reading this week? Have you read any of these books? What are you most looking forward to reading this summer? If you’ve signed up for the read-a-thon, be sure to leave me the link to your goals. Happy reading!


Besides finishing The Devil in the White City, I cheated a bit on my required reading and started reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. I am thoroughly enjoying the short stories and they are easy to pick up and it will satisfy my short story requirement for the Back to the Classics Reading Challenge.

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  1. Good job, Tanya! I still haven’t started Devil in the White City. Did you like it?

    I’m so glad you enjoy my read-a-thons. It means a lot to have my regulars with me each time. 🙂 Looking forward to FrightFall! You will be joining us, right?

    1. I did like Devil in the White City. I haven’t started the review on paper but I’ve got quite a lot going on in my head about that one. What a disturbing story and quite an innovative and pivotal event (the World’s Fair) in history.

  2. I haven’t read any of these books, but I am reading a non-fiction for once as well 🙂 As I went to Paris for the arrival of the Tour de France cycling tour, I am reading The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton (former cyclist) and Daniel Coyle. It talks a lot about doping in this sport, and it is both horrifying and enlightening to read.

    Have a wonderful week, Tanya 🙂 Happy reading

    1. Hi Lexxie, The Secret Race sounds like a book I would like to read. I’m surprised at how much I have enjoyed non-fiction, always an interesting story or lesson to be learned. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. ooohh, which ones did you buy? I don’t read too many Romance but I am addicted to getting Kindle deals. I totally judge books by the cover when I haven’t heard about it before from a blogger recommendation. Hope you enjoy them!

      1. I totally shouldn’t have said “bought” because they were totally free. One is Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn and the other Married by Midnight by Julianne MacLean. I haven’t started them yet but the reviews seemed to be good. 🙂

        1. free books are even better! Hope you enjoy them and you’ll have to stop by and let me know how they are. I have downloaded a few free book on my Kindle that turned out to be great.

  3. I’m catching up on several read-a-long books…The White Queen, Infinite Jest, Under the Dome…to name a few. I haven’t read any in your pile, but I plan to start Devil in the White City soon. I do have all of those Paulo Coelho books in my home library though. Here’s the link to my goal post: http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/2013/07/high-summer-read-thon-my-goals-and.html

    Happy reading, Tanya! Hope to see you at some of the chats. 🙂

    1. Yes I am enjoying it Allison. I really like the history and learning about what life was like during the 1890’s and how some of the inventions or things we use routinely today were revolutionary at the time. Dr. H. H Holmes, the serial killer, is quite a character, a charming and charismatic doctor and we really see the way his evil and mentally ill mind works. It should be an interesting dicsussion for book club and rather hard to write the review without giving the parts that amazed me away :). I was having a hard time getting through it just because its long and with a ton of research, but now that I got it on my Kindle from the library lat night it will help me focus. I told Jennifer yesterday I think reading on the Kindle in a dark room, with just the words lit on the page really helps me focus on the book. With the lights on, I tend to get distracted by my environment. Have you read it or is this one you DNF?

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