20 Books of Summer

At the beginning of the summer I joined Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer Challenge which ran from June 1st until September 1st, 2020.

I revised my original my list on 19 July because after reading six of the books on my original list I began reading The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, a book that was NOT on my original list and I realised that as it has 853 pages there was no way I could read the rest of the books before 1 September.

Although I read 20 books during the period, only 13 of them are books from my list – they are:

  1. The Deep by Alma Katsu 3*
  2. How to Disappear by Gillian McAllister 2*
  3. The Mist by Ragnar Jonasson 4*
  4. Maigret’s Holiday by Georges Simenon 5*
  5. Deadheads by Reginald Hill 5*
  6. Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz 5*
  7. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 4* – review to follow
  8. The Power-House by John Buchan 5*
  9. How to Kill a Cat by W J Burley 5* – review to follow
  10. Thin Air by Michelle Paver 4* – review to follow
  11. Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert 4*
  12. A Thousand Moons by Sebastian Barry 5*
  13. Mortmain Hall by Martin Edward 4*

So, I still have 7 books left to read and I hope to read them soon :

  1. The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Bilgewater by Jane Gardam
  3. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
  4. The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe
  5. Giant’s Breath by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  6. A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean
  7. The Dry by Jane Harper

16 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer

  1. You had a good reading summer, Margaret, even if it didn’t turn out the way you’d planned it. I hope you’ll enjoy The Case of the Gilded Fly. I found it an interesting and complex sort of mystery. And I am very much looking forward to what you think of The Dry.

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    1. I reckon it counts as three books too! I watched the first episode of the TV series, which reminded me I hadn’t read the book, so I began reading. As it follows a different timeline I was a bit confused and decided to leave watching the TV series until after I’d read the book. But now I don’t think I’ll bother – the book is enough and I really enjoyed it.

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  2. You have done so well!! I’m interested in a couple you will read in the coming weeks. I have read The Dry and thought it was very well done. And I have recently purchased Alcott’s debut novel The Inheritance, but haven’t read it yet.


  3. Margaret, 13 books including the beastie Luminaries sounds great! I read 6 of my 10 books, which included the beastie Wolf Hall! Happy reading the other books left over from your list – Hopefully soon!😃


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