20 Books of Summer 2021

At the beginning of the summer I joined Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer Challenge which ended on September 1st, 2021.

I haven’t been reading as many books as usual this summer and I read 19 books in total. And just 13 of them were the books I’d originally chosen. I’ve reviewed 10 of them – linked to my blog posts:

  1. The Railway Children by E Nesbit
  2. A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
  3. An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris
  4. The Dressmaker by Beryl Bainbridge
  5. The Killing Kind by Jane Casey
  6. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  7. Coming Up for Air by Sarah Leipciger
  8. Moon Over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch
  9. The Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen
  10. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
  11. Enigma by Robert Harris
  12. Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir
  13. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

So, I still have 7 books of the 20 left to read. I’m currently reading A Corruption of Blood and I hope to read the rest before the end of this year:

  1. Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K Jerome
  2. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  3. The Girl Who Died by Ragnar Jónasson
  4. True Crime Story by Joseph Knox
  5. Just Like the Other Girls by Claire Douglas
  6. Loch Down Abbey by Beth Cowan-Erskine
  7. A Corruption of Blood by Ambrose Parry

13 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2021

  1. I couldn’t really decide which was my favourite. I gave nearly half of them 5 stars. But I know which one was my least favourite – Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir, which I gave 2 stars and only because I thought the Author’s Note was the best part of the book.


  2. That’s the thing about reading plans, isn’t it, Margaret? They change. You got some good reads in, though, and that’s what matters. I’ll be really interested in what you think of Picnic at Hanging Rock when you get to it.

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  3. I suffered a bit from that ‘Once it was on the list I lost interest’ syndrome but tried my best to keep most of the books. I think you did very well, Margaret. I must say I enjoyed doing it enough to try again next summer but will lower my expectations a trifle.

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  4. Margaret, I think you did very well with your ’20 books’. I’ve got a couple of the ones you finished on my TBR, but I’m just grateful that my reading life seems to be getting more ‘normal’ in the last little while. Sigh. Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks, Kay – my reading pattern has changed since the start of the pandemic, getting back to ‘normal’ now, but writing reviews is still a bit of a sticking point.


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