Summer Reading Challenge 2020 Wrap-Up

September 22, 2020 in Wrap-Ups
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Goodbye summer 2020! It was nice knowing you. Sort of. And before I start getting into all the seasonal delights of autumn and winter, it’s time to take a moment of reflection. How did I get on with my summer reading challenge? (Spoiler alert: I completed it!) How many books did I read this summer? It’s all right here in my summer reading wrap-up!

Before I begin, this isn’t a traditional wrap-up post so I won’t be doing mini reviews for these titles. But I will link to reviews where applicable. And I’ll cover the need-to-knows like genre, source and my star ratings. So without further ado, let’s get to it!

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up


1. Adapted to film/TV

Chilling adventures of Sabrina
by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Genre: Horror/Graphic Novel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: ★★★

2. Involves a Fire

After the Fire
by Will Hill

Genre: Young Adult
Source: eLibrary
My Rating: ★★★★★

3. Title begins with s

Sweet Virginia
by Caroline Kepnes

Genre: Science Fiction (Dystopian)/Novella
Source: Prime Reading
My Rating: ★★★

4. Book with a map

Welcome to Wanderland
by Jackie Ball

Genre: Fantasy – Graphic Novel
Source: Scribd
My Rating: ★★★★

5. Graphic novel/comic book

The Woods
by James Tynion IV

Genre: Science Fiction/Graphic Novel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: ★★★★★

6. Under 250 pages

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

7. Released in 2020

Dear Justyce
by Nic Stone

Genre: Young Adult
Source: ARC
My Rating: ★★★★★
REVIEW: Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

8. Blue Cover or Spine

Norse Mythology
by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fantasy
Source: eLibrary
My Rating: ★★★

9. Multiple POVs

Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

10. One Word Title

by Alice Oseman

Genre: Young Adult
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

11. Set in the Summer

by Noelle Stevenson

Genre: Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: ★★★★★

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

 12. Dystopian

by Jonathan Hill

Genre: Science Fiction/Graphic Novel
Source: ARC
My Rating: ★★★★★
REVIEW: Odessa by Jonathan Hill

13. Free space

Axiom’s End
by Lindsay Ellis

Genre: Science Fiction
Source: eLibrary
My Rating: ★★★★

14. Part of a Series

Heartstopper Volume 1
by Alice Oseman

Genre: Young Adult/Graphic Novel
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

15. Involves a journey

The Passenger
by Lisa Lutz

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: eLibrary
My Rating: ★★★★

16. Yellow Cover or Spine

Giant Days
by John Allison

Genre: Young Adult/Graphic Novel
Source: Scribd
My Rating: ★★★★★

17. Set in a Different Country

A Burning
by Megha Majumdar

Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC
My Rating: ★★★★
REVIEW: A Burning by Megha Majumdar

A Burning by Megha Majumdar

18. Award Winner or Nominee

The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Young Adult
Source: eLibrary
My Rating: ★★★★★

19. Beach in Title

Beach Read
by Emily Henry

Genre: Romance
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★
REVIEW: Beach Read by Emily Henry

20. Latinx Author

Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Young Adult
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

21. Mystery or Thriller

The House Guest
by Mark Edwards

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: ★★★★

22. LGBTQIA+ Character

by Greg Lockard

Genre: Historical Fiction/Graphic Novel
Source: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: ★★★★

Liebestrasse by Greg Lockard

23. Non-Fiction

They Walk Among Us
by Benjamin Fritton

Genre: Non-Fiction/True Crime
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★

24. Set in Future

They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult
Source: Owned
My Rating: ★★★★★

25. Water on Cover

The Night Swim
by Megan Goldin

Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: ARC
My Rating: ★★★★★
REVIEW: The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

Summer 2020 Reading Stats

Okay so onto the stats! Between June 20th and September 21st, I read a grand total of 44 books. Since there are 93 days of summer that works out as roughly half a book read every day. Not bad, not bad.

But what about the specifics of my summer reading habits? Ratings? Genres? Formats? Sources? Let’s take a look…


So I did the math and my average rating this summer was 4.4. I’m still not sure if my high ratings are indicative of being too generous or if I just read books that I genuinely really enjoy. I suspect the latter because I am very picky about what I read – even if I do venture outside of my comfort zones often.

Here’s a little chart breaking down all the ratings from this summer:

Summer Reading Stats 2020: Ratings


In terms of formats, I read 41 eBooks, 2 physical books and listened to 1 audiobook.


Here’s my genre breakdown…

Graphic Novels 20
Mystery/Thriller 7
Non-Fiction 5
Contemporary 5
Sci-Fi & Fantasy 4
Literary Fiction 2
Romance 1

In chart-form, that looks something like this…

Summer Reading Stats 2020: Genres

NOTE: Graphic Novels encompasses everything from collected comic books, manga and of course, graphic novels in all genres.


And finally, sources. I joined a few reviewer/galley sites this summer which meant that I started receiving review copies. ARCs and other review copies accounted for roughly a quarter of my summer reading. Here’s the full breakdown:

Owned 8
Library 8
ARCs/Review Copies 10
Subscription Services 18

Which looks something like this in chart-form…

Summer Reading 2020 Stats: Source

Well that’s my summer reading wrap-up! I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Check back in soon for more book reviews and seasonal book content.

How did you get on with your summer reading? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Alice Myles September 22, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had a great summer for reading! Good to see you enjoyed so many of them. They Both Die At The End is one of my favourites! I’m currently making my way through Beach Read so it’s great to see that you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to pick up Loveless by Alice Oseman. It’s definitely one that’s at the top of my TBR. Great Post, I loved seeing all your stats!

    • Hayley September 24, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Alice! I hope you enjoy Beach Read and Loveless as much as I did. 🙂

  • Jodie | That Happy Reader September 22, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    You’ve had a great reading summer! Well done! I like the pie chart!

    • Hayley September 24, 2020 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Jodie! 🙂

  • Smelly socks and garden peas September 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    Wow! You got through a lot. Do you think the Neil Gaiman would be suitable for a strong reader 8 (almost 9) year old?

    • Hayley September 24, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Hmm, that’s a good question. There was a lot of death in it so I guess it comes down to how sensitive your 8 year old might be to that? I’d probably say it’s more suited towards 11+. But obviously that’s entirely your choice, it might be worth reading it yourself (it’s not too long) or looking up content warnings first. 🙂

  • claire September 24, 2020 at 9:15 am

    That is phenomenal!! I love how you’ve broken it all down in to your stats as well. It is such a great way of keeping a track of your hard work.

    Enjoy your winter reads x

    • Hayley September 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Thank you so much Claire! 🙂

  • Fadima Mooneira September 24, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Wow……you read cool books during summer 2020. Hope you’ll read more in autumn.

    • Hayley September 24, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Lucy September 24, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    You’ve had great summer in terms of reading Hayley, I love all of your stats too! x

    Lucy |

    • Hayley September 27, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Lucy! 🙂

  • Jaya Avendel September 24, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Love your colorful charts and a look at al the books you read! Some I read your reviews of, some I have never heard of, but I love that you love graphic novels. Good art and good stories combine into something special. 🙂

    • Hayley September 27, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Jaya! I completely agree. There’s something magical about graphic novels and it’s not just that they’re easier to read! 🙂

  • Helen September 25, 2020 at 1:44 am

    Wow! What a detailed reading challenge! I’ve just cracked 50 books read this year which is the most I’ve read in years (thanks COVID??) I’m a very lazy reader though and mostly re-read old favourites- I really should try a challenge like this… Thanks for sharing!

    • Hayley September 27, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Helen! If I’m honest, I was exactly the same. I read maybe 3 books a year in 2017 and 2018, then 26 last year and it’s just exploded this year thanks to COVID. Reading challenges and readathons have been great in pushing me outside of my reading comfort zone and I can’t recommend them highly enough. 🙂

  • Lindsey September 25, 2020 at 8:58 am

    I love this!! You’ve read some really great titles and wow, 44 books – I’m definitely behind at the moment. Your charts are such a great way of keeping track of it all – really enjoyed reading this!

    Lindsey |

    • Hayley September 27, 2020 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Lindsey! 🙂

  • Lindsey September 27, 2020 at 9:24 am

    I know I’ve read this, but then I couldn’t see if I’d commented or not… so figured as I enjoyed looking through your list a second time, I’d just leave another comment!! I love the variation of the books you’ve got here!

    • Hayley September 27, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      Haha sorry Lindsey! I was just running behind on approving comments while I focused on my health but I appreciate you taking the time to leave another comment! Really means a lot! 🙂

  • bournemouthgirl September 29, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    This looks like a great list, you have read quite a lot. You put me to shame. Thank you for sharing all of these and the stats.

    • Hayley September 30, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      No shame here! We all read in our own unique ways and that’s all that matters. 🙂

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