The Dark & Stormy Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Last Summer, I launched a personal reading challenge to read and review 40 books. I succeeded in reading 40 books and posting 33 reviews. This year, I’m challenging myself to read 50 books; but I am committing to posting only about a dozen reviews (one a week over the summer) or a weekly update post which will include commentary of what I’ve read the prior week, depending on what I feel like. This challenge will run from Memorial Day Week-End through Labor Day Week-End. Also, the “official”* cocktail for this challenge is the Dark & Stormy, an appropriately literarily-named drink involving Gosling’s Dark/Black Rum, ginger beer and a slice of lime ūüôā

Below is a list of 100 possible title for this Summer. Some of the books have been in my TBR stacks for years, others I don’t actually have in hand, but will have to go acquire. Some titles I haven’t even looked at while others were dispositioned as “DNF” and I’m going back to give them another look; Other books will be tabled altogether (I’m looking at you F.Scott Fitzgerald) while others I may table for another time; And the list doesn’t include the books that will fall into my hands, whether they be new releases, ARCs, friend recommendations or general whim! So, yeah, the list of what I will have read will look a lot different than this one, but this is the starting point ūüôā

  1. The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini)
  2. Emma (by Jane Austen)
  3. Lost Illusions (by Honore de Balzac)
  4. Bangkok Haunts (by John Burdett)
  5. The Sportswriter (by Richard Ford)
  6. Independence Day (by Richard Ford)
  7. Sacred Games (by Vikram Chandra)
  8. Sea of Poppies (by Amitav Ghosh)
  9. The Children’s Book (by A.S. Byatt)
  10. The Constant Princess (by Philipps Gregory)
  11. The Kiss-Off (by Jim Cirni)
  12. Agnes Grey (by¬†Anne Bront√ę)
  13. The Lincoln Lawyer (by Michael Connelly)
  14. Dracula (by Bram Stoker)
  15. The Princes of Ireland (by Edward Rutherford)
  16. The 13-1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (by Walter Moers)
  17. Rumo (by Walter Moers)
  18. Atonement (by Ian McEwan)
  19. Netherland (by Joseph O’Neill)
  20. Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath (by Michael Norman)
  21. Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (by Christie Watson)
  22. Kraken (by China Mieville)
  23. Shadow of All Night (by Deborah Harkness)
  24. The Man of Property (by John Galsworthy)
  25. In Chancery (by John Galsworthy)
  26. To Let (by John Galsworthy)
  27. The White Monkey (by John Galsworthy)
  28. The Silver Spoon and Passersby (by John Galsworthy)
  29. Ratlines (by Stuart Neville)
  30. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (by Jonathan Safran)
  31. The Spellman Files (by Lisa Lutz)
  32. Curse of the Spellmans (by Lisa Lutz)
  33. Revenge of the Spellmans (by Lisa Lutz)
  34. A Portrait of Yo Mama as a Young Man (by Andrew Barlow and Kent Roberts)
  35. Dare Me (by Meg Abbott)
  36. Raven Black (by Anne Cleaves)
  37. White Nights (by Anne Cleaves)
  38. The Country Ahead of Us, The Country Behind (by David Guterson)
  39. She Stoops to Conquer (by Oliver Goldsmith)
  40. The Grapes of Wrath (by John Steinbeck)
  41. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (by Rebecca Wells)
  42. The Bridges of Madison County (by Robert James Waller)
  43. The Given Day (by Dennis Lehane)
  44. Live by Night (by Dennis Lehane)
  45. The Little Drummer Girl (by John le Carré)
  46. The Perfect Spy (by John le Carré)
  47. The Russia House (by John le Carré)
  48. The Secret Pilgrim (by John le Carré)
  49. The Night Manager (by John le Carré)
  50. Our Game (by John le Carré)
  51. The Beautiful and the Damned (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  52. Tender is the Night (by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  53. The Children (by Edith Wharton)
  54. Custom of the Country  (by Edith Wharton)
  55. Iron Lake (by William Kent Krueger)
  56. The Bootlegger’s Daughter (by Margaret Maron)
  57. Booked to Die (by John Dunning)
  58. Indemnity Only (by Sara Paretsky)
  59. King of Lies (by John Hart)
  60. Monkeewrench (by P.J. Tracy)
  61. Blue Smoke (by Nora Roberts)
  62. Pick Your Poison (by Leann Sweeney)
  63. Monkee’s Raincoat ( by Robert Crais)
  64. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (by Lillian Jackson Braun)
  65. Murder on a Girls’ Night Out (by Anne George)
  66. Hour of the Rat (by Lisa Brackman)
  67. Bad Marie (by Marcy Demanksy)
  68. A Common Pornography: A Memoir (by Kevin Sampsell)
  69. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (by Ayana Mathis)
  70. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (by Cheryl Strayed)
  71. Zoo Station (by David Downing)
  72. The Mockingbirds (by Daisy Whitney)
  73. The Little Fuzzy (by H. Beam Piper)
  74. One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying to be Just a Little Bit Better (by Erin McHugh)
  75. Rudyard Kipling’s Tales of Horror… (by Rudyard Kipling)
  76. Beau Geste (by Percival Christopher Wren)
  77. The Cay (by Theodore Taylor)
  78. The Werewolf of Paris (by Guy Endore)
  79. Mockingbirds (by Chuck Wendig)
  80. Blue Blazes (by Chuck Wendig)
  81. Wildwood (by Colin Meloy)
  82. Under the Empyrean Sky (by Chuck Wendig)
  83. The Bat (by Jo Nesb√ł)
  84. The Silence of the Trees (by Valya Dudycz Lupescu)
  85. Rosemary’s Baby (by Ira Levin)
  86. Turn Coat (The Dresden Files #11; by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters)
  87. Changes (The Dresden Files #12; by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters)
  88. Side Jobs (The Dresden Files #12.5; by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters)
  89. Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13; by Jim Butcher)
  90. Cold Days (The Dresden Files #14; by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters)
  91. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3; by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale)
  92. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4; by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale)
  93. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5; by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale)
  94. Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6; by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale)
  95. Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7; by J.K. Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale)
  96. Leader of the Pack (Andy Carpenter series #10; by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner)
  97. Unleashed (Andy Carpenter series #11; by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner)
  98. Hounded (Andy Carpenter series #12; by David Rosenfelt; narrated by Grover Gardner)
  99. Vienna Nocturne (by Vivian Shotwell)
  100. The Paperboy (by Tony Macauley)


* In this case, ‘official”only means that the Dark & Stormy is my “Go-To” drink for the summer. Gosling’s has not sanctioned this reading challenge one way or the other.¬†

I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing any product and/or mentioning any of the companies and/or persons that are or may be implied in this post.

Please read and drink responsibly.


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