20 Books of Summer

From now until 6 September I will be trying to read my 20 Books of Summer. Why not join in, read along or just cheer me as I try to get the 746 books down into the 600’s by September!



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  • 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

Don’t forget to check out these other fabulous bloggers who are also taking part, there is such a great range of reading going on!

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I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!

75 Comments Leave a comment

  1. I have read House of Mirth and Sense of an Ending …both are excellent . I recently read SHteyngarts memoir Little Failure so will be interested to see what you think of his fiction


  2. I love that Jackie Collins is on your list. You just don’t hear that much about her these days. She probably looks exactly the same as she did in the eighties.


      • Ha ha, it will probably be terrible and you will roll your eyes a lot, but at the same time so much fun. I read many of her books when I was in high school. Sent my young mind in all sorts of directions. I should probably try reading one her books now too. 🙂


  3. So excited to see Geek Love on your list. It still ranks as one my all-time favorite books. Just love, love, love it.
    I’m afraid if you didn’t love Super Sad True Love Story, The Ask won’t do much for you either. I was completely underwhelmed.


  4. Read Let the Right On In when you need to knock off a book in a day or two. It’s a fast read that I found very difficult to put down. I think I stayed up way, way past my bedtime finishing it on a school night as I recall. It’s fun. Scary, really scary, but fun.

    In a scary way.


  5. i’m a new visitor with a question: do you review some or all of the books on the list? i ask because i thought the Barnes was unexpectedly good, i have had an up and down experience with Whitehead, and i’m curious about Messud.


  6. Hi Cathy. Firstly I want to say how impressed I am with your goal. I have done this challenge twice in 2nd and 3rd year English for my degree, but I didnt have children and it is very time consuming to read this amount in such a short timeframe. Have read Barnes twice and listened to this on audiobook. Excellent. How did you arrive at your twenty titles? Just curious. M


    • I’m really looking forward to the Barnes. I just picked 20 randomly based on books I wanted to read, a couple for challenges and some because they are short! I also figured a Summer Reading Challenge needed a couple of trashy summer reads, hence Hollywood Wives!


  7. Good luck with your summer challenge! I’d never make it. I also seem to acquire many more books than I can keep up with. Don’t we all, lol. I’ve moved twice though in the last ten years so that has really knocked my collection down.

    I love House of Mirth! It is one of my top ten favorite books of all time. I also enjoyed Geek Love. Strangely fascinating.


    • Hi Alexis, I’m sorry I’m only getting back to you now but I’ve been on holiday. Delighted you are joining the challenge, I’ll link your blog to my sticky post. Happy reading x


  8. Good list!
    Night at the Circus,The Sense of an Ending (Bought) and Wonder are all on my wish list!! As for the rest,their names tell me something! I think I often come across them on goodreads and wordpress!


  9. This is such a great list! I was not familiar with 20 books of summer until I saw this blog. What was the Shirley Jackson book about? I just recently read Life Among the Savages by her and laughed my head off 🙂


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