20 Books of Summer

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting her 20 Books of Summer Challenge again this year. The challenge runs from June through August. There are options to read 10 or 15 books instead of the full 20. You can sign up here.

During previous summers I’ve taken part in this challenge and never managed to read the books I’ve listed, although I’ve read over 20 books during the summer months. It seems that listing books I want to read somehow takes away my desire to read them – or it maybe that other books demand to be read when the time comes. The solution seems to be don’t list the books – but that’s not the challenge!

So here are 20 books that I might read this summer. They’re a mix of NetGalley books, books for various other challenges I’m doing and books from my TBRs that came to mind as I made the list.

I’ve included The Killing Kind by Jane Casey, but maybe I shouldn’t count this one as after I made the list I started reading it – I made the mistake of ‘just looking’ and couldn’t stop reading on. So I’ve listed 21 books.

  1. The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  2. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.
  3. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
  4. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.
  5. Sing, Jess, Sing by Tricia Coxon
  6. Blue Moon by Lee Child
  7. Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi
  8. The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge
  9. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  10. The Killing Kind by Jane Casey
  11. The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson
  12. True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
  13. Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas
  14. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  15. Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger
  16. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  17. Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan-Erskine
  18. A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry
  19. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  20. : Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir
  21. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Wish me luck!

18 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer

  1. Good list… I have read several of those. I’ve never done this challenge but observed others having a lot of fun with it so am going to join in this year. I’ve started to pick out books but am trying to choose well so that I really want to read what I choose, otherwise it’s exactly as you say, the interest in the pile wanes in a week or even less! Best of luck anyway!

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  2. I’ve done that, too, Margaret – opened a book just to check it out and then kept reading! Your choices sound great, and I hope you’ll enjoy them. Even if you don’t get to them all, it’s still a good way to plan your summer reading.

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  3. A great, varied-looking list! I’ll also be reading the new Jane Casey so I’m glad to hear it hooked you! The Old Man and the Sea is gorgeously written (and short). And I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Picnic at Hanging Rock – it’s been languishing on my own TBR for far too long. Good luck, and have fun!

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  4. An interesting list. I really enjoyed Picnic at Hanging Rock, so hope you like it too. By the way, books 14 and 16 are the same book!

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  5. I do wish you luck! Lots of great sounding titles here, I think the only one I’ve read is Gulliver’s Travels which is crazy!


  6. Happy summer reading, Margaret – I thought The Railway Children by E Nesbit was utterly delightful, so I hope you will enjoy it too. I am again taking part in the lower level of 10 books. I also have a copy of Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen, but I highly doubt I will get to it this summer.


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