20 Books of Summer 2016

20 Bks of Summer 2106

I began the 20 Books of Summer really well, reading 7 books in June. It all went downhill after that, but I’ve read 10 of the books I listed, so not too bad. And if I had stuck to my list and not read other books instead I would have completed the challenge as over the period from 1 June to 5 September I read 22 books – but then I’ve found before that as soon as I list books in this way I want to read books that aren’t on my list!

I began reading The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend, but wasn’t too impressed with the opening chapter. I may ‘abandon’ that book, but it might just have been the case of it being the wrong time for me to read it.

I really want to read Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively and Orlando by Virginia Woolf very soon and I hope to get round to the other books on the list before too long.

Here’s the list, with links to my posts on the books I read:

  1. The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson
  2. The Sex Life of My Aunt by Mavis Cheek
  3. Asta’s Book by Barbara Vine ‘“ finished 14 June 2016
  4. High Rising by Angela Thirkell ‘“ finished 7 June 2016
  5. The Child’s Child by Barbara Vine
  6. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer ‘“ finished 22 June 2016
  7. The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  8. Small Wars by Sadie Jones
  9. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – finished 5 September 2016
  10. Wycliffe and the Quiet Virgin by W J Burley ‘“ finished 29 June 2016
  11. The Girl in the Cellar by Patricia Wentworth ‘“ finished 13 August 2016
  12. Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
  13. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey ‘“ finished 17 June 2016
  14. Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes
  15. The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter ‘“ finished 3 September 2016
  16. Heat Wave by Penelope Lively ‘“ finished 26 June 2016
  17. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  18. A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
  19. The Water Horse by Julia Gregson
  20. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham ‘“ finished 10 June 2016

Thanks to Cathy @ 746 Books for setting up the challenge.

5 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2016

  1. Half is pretty great, I think, and if you actually read 22 you did it, even if that means bending the rules slightly. As to wanting to read books that aren’t on the list, isn’t that always the way? Maybe a more vague list next year, a genre list or something? (Though I know it’s someone else’s challenge.)

    Small Wars is good – not quite as good as The Outcast, I thought, but very much worth a read.


    1. Thanks, Charlie! I think a more vague list would be better for me. I’m glad you found that Small Wars is good – I’ve been meaning to read it for some time now.


  2. You did great with this, Margaret. And to tell you the truth, I think a lot of people read books that aren’t on their original lists. I know I do. And those other books definitely ‘count’ as your reading, in my opinion 🙂


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