Hour 9 – Summer Book Recommendations

Being host for Hour 9  during this session of the Reverse Readathon was amazing!

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon

Summer Book Recommendations

Hi, It’s Katherine here from https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.com and I’m so happy to be your host for hour 9.

Summer is a time to relax and do what you love. If you love reading then there’s no doubt you’ll be looking for some book recommendations.

Here are some of mine from those I have reviewed:

One Summer Sunrise by Shari Low

The Orange Grove, The Villa and Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

Summer at the Château by Jennifer Bohnet

The Promise of Summer by Bella Osborne

My Greek Island Summer, One Last Greek Summer and Staying Out for the Summer by Mandy Baggot

Summertime Guests by Wendy Francis

A Summer on the Italian Lakes and Summer in Andalucía by Lucy Coleman

That Summer in Maine by Brianna Wolfson

She’s Faking It by Kristin Rockaway

The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge


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Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Progress

Since the Readathon began so late for me (2AM) and books count towards progress only if read/listened to/ finished during the event, I was listening to another book beforehand.

During the Readathon, I managed around half an hour of Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke before I got sleepy.

I woke up at 11AM this morning, had breakfast, and, after my morning routine, continued with this book. I only finished one book this time but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I recommend Karen Clarke’s books and have reviewed three or four of them. they are relaxing and iconic for summer time given their beach locations. The others I have are located in the UK and bought back memories of the beaches of my childhood.

Summer at the Little French Café stirred up memories of vacations to France, and of discovering somewhere new.

I started the first few pages of Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight and picked this as I love the theme combination of summer, a book club and a beach.

I found myself wishing that the beaches in my chosen books were wheelchair accessible and that I could go in real life. I would recommend Karen Clarke and Ciara Knight’s ability to create atmosphere and reel the reader in through an easy relaxing writing style but where I was anticipating twists and eager to find out what was going to happen.

I’ll review these books in more detail on my blog, Goodreads and Amazon.

Since snacks are a big theme of any Dewey’s Readathon, I really just ate what I always do at this time of year, fresh fruit (melon and peach), kept hydrated with water and green tea.

Dinner was my favourite dish, Chicken Tikka Masala.

The treats I had were prawn crackers and chocolate ice cream.

I had so much fun being Admin for hour 9 and it was also fun coming up with my ideas for the post even though it was quite last-minute.

Thanks to Andi and the Readathon team for making the Reverse Readathon possible this year. I loved being able to get to books that weren’t for blog tours and revisiting Karen Clarke’s writing as well as discovering Ciara Knight as a new-to-me-author.

Looking forward to the October Readathon.

My Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon Listening List, August 2021 Plus I Am Blog Co-Host (Admin) for Hour 9

I am so excited again that tomorrow is the Dewey’s Summer Reverse Readathon. I have taken part since 2018 and have experienced some great books and a fun, yet relaxing event.

It’s a long time since I completed my Goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge. My goal was 50 books and I have listened to 152.

My picks for this summer reverse Readathon session are:

Summer at the Little French Café by Karen Clarke.

Summer Island Book Club (Friendship Beach #1) by Ciara Knight.

Both books are NetGalley ARCs that I have been saving for this event.

I am not only a reader this time, but I am the co-host on the Dewey’s Readathon blog https://deweysreadathon.wordpress.com for hour 9.

Have a great Readathon if you are taking part. It starts at 8PM EST tomorrow and ends at 8AM EST on Saturday.

Start time equivalents where you are are on the website. For me, it starts at 2AM so I’ll do what I can for the challenge after I get some sleep.

As always, there are plenty of other things to do besides read during the event. Enjoy your books too.

Dewey’s Reverse Readathon 2019 Day 2 Progress 

I started today listening to Baby-Sitter’s Summer Vacation (The Baby-Sitter’s Club Super Special #2) by Ann M Martin. 
Same snacks as yesterday as I don’t alter what I ear or drink anymore just be because I’m on a Readathon. I hope to make progress on Bahama Mama before the day is done. And finish it if I can. 

Today’s theme for my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge is “Not From Around Here”- I haven’t been to the Bahamas but I’ve been to Barbados, As this is another ARC I’ll review it in its own post, The book is romantic and atmospheric so far. 

Both books are ARCs and so I’ll review them separately. 

I hope you enjoyed this session of the Readathon- I certainly did and have now done the summer event twice. It came at just the right time to make me feel it was a nice break and way to relax after last month with Camp NaNoWriMo and a lot of editing my own work. 

Dewey’s Reverse Readathon 2019

I’ve been pretty busy recently with different projects and signed up awhile ago for the Reverse Readathon again. I did it last summer and enjoyed it. 

After the Reading Rush I want to get back on track with my Goodreads Summer Readathon. 

This book has been on my TBR list for a long time and one of the categories of the summer Readathon for Goodreads is that the book should have been on your list for over a year. 

After this I want to get to Bahama Mama: 

since the category is ” Not from around here ” as in a book set somewhere I’d like to visit. 

I’m looking forward to the Readathon again.

Anyway I wanted to let you know what I’m hoping to listen to. They are both ARCs. 


Dewey’s 24 Hour Summer Reverse Readathon July 2018

I came across this event quite by chance while on Twitter weeks ago and signed up  as a reader as soon as I could. I’m doing 2 reading challenges at the moment, the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge which is lasting all year and for which I have so far listened to over 100 books.  The other challenge is one within a Goodreads group (Nothing But Reading Challenges Group)  for which I have listened to 28 books in a month and a half.

I’m a regular Dewey’s Readathon participant in both their April and October events and have  been for years now. This is the first time there’s been a summer version of this event. The starting time for me was late ( the equivalent of 2AM Saturday morning) and so I’m seeing how much I can listen to  before the event ends. The event time is 8PM EST if you are in the US.

The Book of the Month (BOM) read/ listen for the Goodreads group is The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. 


That’s finished and I’ve had Secrets in Sicily by Penny Feeny on my list for awhile now. It’s my next ARC review title and I’ll post my blog post for the Blog Tour for it here on August 15th.

In the meantime, look at this beautiful cover! I just love summer listens!

If you are taking part in the Summer Readathon, good luck! If you have never heard of it, find out  more on the Dewey’s Readathon site. It’s fun and a great way to get ahead with a summer read!

Also see my progress at:

Twitter: @theglitzqueen

Goodreads: Katherine Hayward

Instagram: purplestar81

I’m on my 3rd book and it’s just after 10PM here. I could not wait any longer and have started my ARC of Jodi Picoult’s new novel, A Spark of Light. 

I have a signed hardback on order and as the book is not out til October, I wanted  to start it. I’ve taken part in the Reverse Readathon  challenge too. Here’s the link if you want to: Cheers to Books Reverse Readathon Change