We went away for a big chunk of May and as a result I only finished two books. I knew it would happen and I’m not upset about it but it does have me looking at my bookshelves feeling that old restless reading feeling.
So when I saw that Cathy @ 746 Books was doing a summer reading challenge, I started thinking that maybe I should join in!
The 20 Books of Summer challenge has you reading 20 (0r 10 or 15!) books on your list and posting reviews of them between June 3 and September 3. It’s a great way to focus your reading and clear out some of your TBR backlog which we all need. September 3 is the day I go back to work (finally right?) and 20 Books of Summer feels like a last mat leave hurrah.
Here are the books on my list – I’ve chosen 15 because that feels a little more manageable to me!
Les Parisiennes by Anne Sebba.This book has been on my shelf since before it came out and I feel horrible about it. Especially because I know I will enjoy this book about Parisians who fought Nazis by an author whose work I have enjoyed in the past!
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I’ve only recently added a copy of this to my shelves but the book has been on my virtual TBR list for ages. A friend recently highly recommended it to me so that’s bumped it back up.
- The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway. In 2016, a friend of mine was visiting and we bought matching copies of this book to read. Neither of us have read it as far as I know.
21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. I meant to read this for Non-fiction November and didn’t get to it. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.I don’t even know how long I’ve had a copy of this one. When I bought it I think it was because I felt like I should have a copy but I wasn’t super interested in Fitzgerald or the 1920s. Since then I’ve changed my tune…about the 1920s. Jury’s still out on Fitzgerald.
- Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver. A friend of mine left this in my possession – she doesn’t keep books once she’s read them. And even though I don’t have to return it, I still feel pressure to get it read.
- Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. I don’t even remember how I got a copy of this one!
- Solitude by Michael Harris. I have TWO copies of this one. And since I spend a lot of time solo these days (solo-ish…but my constant companion doesn’t have great conversation skills yet) it might be nice to read about the benefits.
- Fresh Complaints by Jeffrey Eugenides. I’ve pretty well loved every book that Eugenides has written but when this collection of short stories showed up, I didn’t feel like reading it. I appreciate short stories more these days.
Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt.I took this one from my sister when she was giving away all of her things to move to Scotland. Now that she is back, I suspect she will come asking for her books back. Plus, this is true crime??
- Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. I bought it when there was all the hype for it and then didn’t feel like reading it. The hype seems done so now feels like a good time to get back to it.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.Someone on instagram was recently raving about this one and that made me go “oh right, I still need to read that” so it’s on the list.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. I think I stole this one from my sister as well. I think Georgia Hardstark was talking about it on My Favorite Murder and that made me go “I have that book!” Now I guess I will try to actually read it.
- The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. Not a book that I would have picked for myself but a friend insisted I read her copy and she hasn’t steered me wrong yet.
- The Illegal by Lawrence Hill. This book won Canada Reads in 2016 which is when I bought it. For some reason I always resist reading Hill’s books and when I finally do, I love them. Here’s hoping for more of the same this time!
Bonus: The Strays by Emily Bitto. This project means I will likely actually finally read it.
I think that’s a good mix of genres and styles. I’m a bit of a mood reader so it can be difficult for me to read from a prescribed list. But if I manage even half of these, it will have made a dent in my cabinet of unread books.