Book By Book’s 2018 Big Book Summer Reading Challenge Follow-Up


We loved taking part in Book by Book’s 2018 Big Book Summer Reading Challenge — we had a lot of fun with it. Here are the books we read to meet Sue’s challenge:


Anger is a Gift
Author: Mark Oshiro
Published May 22, 2018 by Tor Teen
463 pages

The first big book I read this summer was Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. I shared my thoughts when we first shared that we were joining the challenge.

Author: Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero
Published October 12th, 2010 by Disney-Hyperion Books
557 pages

The Son of Neptune
Published October 4th, 2011 by Disney-Hyperion Books
521 pages

The Mark of Athena
Published October 2nd, 2012 by Disney-Hyperion Books
586 pages

I also read the first three books of the Heroes of Olympus series by Ricki Riordan and am currently reading the fourth. The Lost Hero was a reread, but I had never continued. This series is a continuation of the Percy Jackson series; however, it isn’t exactly a sequel as I have students who have read this series first, but I would say that there is a lot of mentions (and kind of spoilers) during this series for the first one. Although I cannot say that I love this one as much as Percy (The Lightning Thief was one of the WHOA books for me), I am definitely sucked in: so much adventure, humor, craziness, mythology, drama, and suspense! I cannot wait to see where it all goes!


Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Published March 6, 2018 by Holt
525 pages

I loved this book. I listened to it on audio, and it blew me away. Before I read it, I chose five books for my Teaching Reading students to use for their unit frameworks. I casually mentioned that they could use this book, too, and several students jumped on the opportunity. We talked about how it offers great opportunity for talking about science, mythology, contemporary political issues, etc. I am really excited to see what they come up with. I was thrilled to see this book as Jimmy Fallon’s summer read. It will knock your socks off. If you haven’t read it yet, do it.

Which Big Books did you read in the Summer of 2018?


2 thoughts on “Book By Book’s 2018 Big Book Summer Reading Challenge Follow-Up”

  1. Congratulations on finishing the Big Book Summer Challenge! Wow, you two read some really great Big Books this summer. I haven’t read any of these yet, though my nephew is a HUGE fan of the Heroes of Olympus series (and all of Riordan’s books).

    So glad you joined in the fun this year! Be sure to add this post to the second links list on the Challenge page so that others can see it, too.


    2018 Big Book Summer Challenge


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