20 Books of Summer 2020: Update

I’m taking part in 20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. You simply list twenty books (there are also ten and fifteen book options) and read them during the summer months, ending on 1 September.

So far I have read 6 of the books I originally listed. After I began reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, which was not on my original list, I realised that as it has 853 pages there was no way I could read the rest of the books on my list before 1 September. So, I have revised my list – and I make no apologies for the fact that I have chosen books that are short rather than long. Well, The Luminaries is nearly as long as three 300 page length books!

  1. The Deep by Alma Katsu
  2. How to Disappear by Gillian McAllister
  3. The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson
  4. Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon
  5. Deadheads by Reginald Hill
  6. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz – finished – review to follow
  7. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  8. The Power House by John Buchan
  9. The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
  10. Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
  11. How to Kill a Cat by W J Burley
  12. Thin Air by Michelle Paver
  13. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
  14. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  15. The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe
  16. A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry
  17. Giant’s Breath by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  18. A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
  19. Mortmain Hall by Martin Edwards
  20. The Dry by Jane Harper

There is always the possibility that I’ll swap some books later on … I am constantly bombarded by books yelling at me to read them.

8 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2020: Update

    1. I hope you enjoy How To Disappear and I hope we’ll both enjoy The Dry – I’ve been looking forward to it so much, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.


  1. I think you made a wise choice, Margaret, to revisit your list. Books are meant to be enjoyed, not rushed through so you can tick a box. If that means your list changes because you’re reading an especially long book, I think there’s no problem with that. I hope you’ll enjoy the ones you’ve chosen!

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    1. Thanks, Margot. I definitely think that books shouldn’t be rushed through too. And there is no way I could read a book as complex as The Luminaires except slowly. I’m nearing the end now and have to keep checking back on various episodes to refresh my memory of what happened earlier in the book.

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  2. A good idea to revise your list in my opinion. 853 pages is a serious over committment. I’ve been recording The Luminaries so that if I decide to read the book first I can then decide whether or not to watch the TV series.

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  3. Thanks, Cath. I watched the first episode and after that recorded the rest and started the book. I’m not sure I’ll watch it though – not just yet anyway. I haven’t read any reviews but the article headlines about it aren’t very good – and I’m often disappointed with adaptations anyway.


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