Saturday, June 11, 2016

Big Book Summer Challenge

Big Book Summer Challenge
Host: Sue of Book by Book (sign up)
Dates: May 27-September 5
# of books: My goal is 3

What I've Read:
Return of the King. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1955. 590 pages. [Source: Bought]
Bleak House. Charles Dickens. 1852-1853. 912 pages.  [Source: Bought]
War of Two. John Sedgwick. 2015. Berkley. 432 pages. [Source: Library]

What I'm Planning on Reading:

War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation by John Sedgwick
Showtime A History of the Broadway Musical Theater by Larry Stempel 
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (I've got it on hold, I hope it comes in relatively soon so I can read it in time)

What I May Reread:

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Sue Jackson 5:50 PM  

Welcome to the Big Book Summer Challenge, Becky! So glad you decided to join the fun!

Looks like you have some great Big Books lined up - fascinated by Hamilton like the rest of the world right now?? I LOVED the Patrick Ness trilogy!

Enjoy your books & be sure to come back to the Challenge page to link-up your reviews (separate link list below the sign-up one).

Sue

2016 Big Book Summer Challenge

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