When I started this blog, I had hoped that it would spur me on to read more regularly so I might just get through the 746 quicker than the 20 or so years I had originally anticipated.
Six months on and my reading pace has only slightly improved and I’m still only averaging about a book a week! Given my success with Cedar Station’s March Madness Challenge – where I read 9 books in a month – I’ve decided to set myself another challenge which aims to see me reach the elusive 600’s by the end of the summer.
Starting from today and running until 6 September, I’m hoping to read my 20 Books of Summer. That’s just shy of 7 books a month and should be completely doable. I’ve chosen the 20 and throughout the summer will be linking in to a couple of other challenges, namely Angela Carter week hosted by Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and The Estella Project for which I have chosen are Let the Right One In and Geek Love.
I’ve tried to pick a broad range of genres and books. I’ve got zombies, ghosts, circus freaks, soldiers, rock stars, vampires and Hollywood wives. Surely that should keep me enthused? I’ve really only picked books I’m excited to read so I can try and keep myself motivated and have included books by 10 women authors for #Readwomen2014.
I won’t be reading in any particular order and be warned, reviews may be shorter than usual – I’ve still a job and a couple of twins to look after you know!
So, without further ado, here are my 20 Books of Summer:
• Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Sheteyngart
• Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter
• Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
• Let The Right One In by John Avjide Lindquist
• Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
• Just Kids by Patti Smith
• We Have Always Lived at the Castle by Shirley Jackson
• Caught by Harlan Coben
• The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
• Zone One by Colson Whitehead
• The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
• The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
• Black Watch by Gregory Burke
• An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul Murray
• The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
• The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
• The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes
• Hollywood Wives by Jackie Collins
• Wonder by RJ Palacio
• The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
I’m going to keep a Master post at the start of the blog so you can follow my progress as books get crossed off the list and I’m going to try and keep my eyes on the prize of no longer having over 700 books to read (yeah Cathy, just 600!) by the end of the summer.
So, any thoughts on my choices? Any I should start with straight away, or save for later?
If anyone feels their reading needs a bit of oomph then why not join me? Just take the Books of Summer image, pick your books and link below. I’d love your support!