20 Books of Summer 2015!

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It’s hard to believe a year has passed, but there are hints of a change in the weather here in Ireland and I’ve decided to challenge myself again this year to read my 20 Books of Summer!

Last year I managed a mere 16 ½ books, so hopefully I can beat that record this time round.

When I started trying to decide on my 20 Books, I had an idea. At the start of 746 Books, the aim was to read what I had, save some money by not buying books and clear some space by reading what was in the house. And I have managed to read what I have and save some money but over the last 18 months though, I’ve come to realise that I mostly read on my iPad, so the piles in the house are still there, mocking me.

So, this summer, I will only read physical books. It’s a bit daunting, because it removes the opportunity to read on my phone, but it will be nice to spend some time reconnecting with some real, actual books for a change! Plus, I might have a clear shelf by September!

So, starting from 1 June and running until 4 September, I’m hoping to read 20 actual books. 7 a month, I can do that, right? Like last year I’ve gone for as broad a range of genres and books as I can and like last year I have included a rock star memoir, a trashy 70s classic, and some sneaky short plays, poetry collections and short stories!

Photo: drbimages

Photo: drbimages

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, here are my 20 Books of Summer, click on the titles for a link to their Goodreads description:

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 if anyone feels their reading needs a bit of oomph then why not join me? Just take the Books of Summer image, pick your own 10 or 20 books you’d like to read and link below.  I’d love your support and I’ve provided a 10 Books image in case 20 seems too daunting! I’ll be tweeting my way through the challenge as well using the hastag #20booksofsummer.

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So, any thoughts on my choices? Have you read any of my 20? Any I should start with straight away, or save for later? Any I’m going to regret putting on the list? I’d love to hear what you think.

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178 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2015!

  1. Not very many familiar titles for me there, in terms of having actually read them. But who knows? Maybe you’ll have tempted me into reading them by summer’s end. I had no idea you’d twins btw! My friend’s just had two, Josh and Ryan. They’re adorable! I bet your two are as well.

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  2. I’ve only read three of those – and I hated one of them! I’m not telling you which one though – I don’t want to colour your opinion before you read it. Will watch your progress with interest…

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  3. I read the comments before adding this – The Agatha Christie you have on your reading list is one of my favourites but I failed to finish The Dice Man and now I know your doubtful before starting I’ll be interested to hear your views. I’ve been trying to clear some of my review copies to allow me to read some of the books I have piled up.

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    • I have a feeling Cleo, that I tried to read The Dice Man a good few years back and wasn’t that enamoured. It’s in the 746 pile so I’ll give it a go, but my misgivings mean I’m not really looking forward to it.

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  4. Happy reading! I’ve read “The Dice Man” which I thought was a great idea for a novel (but I only thought it was a so-so book, so I’ll be interested to see what you think). “And Then There Were None” was the first “adult” book I read when I was about 11 (although I’m pretty sure it had a different title then) . It sent me into an Agatha Christie frenzy so maybe it’s time for me to revisit that! You have a good range of reading on your list……..

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    • I’ve tried to pick lots of different kinds of books Phil, just to keep the enthusiasm levels up! This will be my first Agatha Christie and I am really looking forward to it.

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  5. Good luck! Jon McGregor is one of my favourite authors, I hope you enjoy ‘This Isn’t…’ There’s a few here that are on my TBR so I look forward to your reviews helping me to prioritise!

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  6. I read And then there were none. It’s a terrific book, a really good mystery.

    I can’t say I’ve read the rest. Hopefully soon I’ll be settled enough to indulge in my love of reading! 🙂

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  7. the only one from this list I have read is Out by Natsuo Kirino. its a great read from a unique storyteller. he other novels are also quite good. like your eclectic taste in authors.

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  8. Well, now, this is interesting: I’ve already read two of the books on your list! Last year I could only manage a measly three, and I only had time to write one review (“The Ask”; very good). but this year I already have a headstart (I demand a ’18 Books of summer’ badge). But here’s the rub: chances are that my local library won’t have many of these titles, so i will have to do the old inter-library loan thing.

    Looking forward to this! And I do love your idea about reading actual physical books.

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  9. The only book on your list that I’ve read is the Agatha Christie one. It’s a great one for summer reading.

    Challenge sounds like fun! The hardest part will be choosing the twenty books ahead of time because I haven’t planned that far in advance.

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  10. I wish you the best of luck with this challenge, Cathy! 🙂 I’ve only read ‘Out’ and ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ from your list. ‘Out’ is really good and I think you could finish it in a day or two. ‘The Housekeeper’ is also really nice and sweet, but a bit of a slower read.
    I might join you in this challenge if I can fit it in my schedule 🙂

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  11. It’s summer again already! The post I have ready to go today takes us back to March. 😉
    I haven’t read any of these books – it seems a bit ridiculous. So, I can’t comment on them, except to say have fun with them! I hope they turn out to be good ones!

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  12. Yes, I’ve been hoping this would be back this year! I will definitely join along with you.

    Of these, I’ve read only Agatha Christie and How I Live Now, which is an interesting one. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of that one. Anyway, best of luck!

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    • Yay, great stuff Juliana! I think How I Live Now is a YA novel, is it? I bought it YEARS ago and don’t know a thing about it!! Let me know if you are joining in and I’ll link to you in my Master Post.

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      • It is YA, but it has some heavy themes — although a lot of YA seems to nowadays. But yes, I will definitely be tackling this along with you.

        Just yesterday I inadvertently lost all of my content at the new blog I had started, so I will probably just fire up the engines at Cedar Station again so I can participate. 🙂

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  13. Sounds like fun! The only one of your list that I’ve read is the Agatha Christie, but I’ve had my eye on a couple of the others – The Housekeeper and the Professor and The Tiger’s Wife. Be interested to see what you make of them. I do usually work to a set list three months in advance, so I’m thinking about joining in… but summer is actually my worst time for reading because I spend so much time watching tennis. I’ll have a think…

    Good luck – and enjoy!

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  14. I have read both Out by Natsuo Kirino and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa and I think they are both really good and sometimes get them as gifts for people. I hope you enjoy them.

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  15. The only books on your list that I’ve read are those by Japanese writers Natsuo Kirino and Yoko Ogawa, and they both are great (and very different) reads. I read mostly e-books these days, but there are some books on my shelves I keep meaning to read so I might make a list of physical books to read this summer too. Don’t really buy many books so I don’t really have a pile of your size, but there are books that have been bought and left unread for too long!

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  17. So it is that time of the year again, is it?! I’ll do the 10 Books of Summer again; I’ll have to start thinking about making a list (though I might have trouble sticking to it again). I’ve read The Tiger’s Wife, but I don’t think I got it. I enjoyed it less than most other people. So I hope you won’t agree with me on that one! 🙂

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  18. Wishing you all the best with your Summer Challenge, Cathy. I’m sure I’ve read the Agatha Christie as I went through a phase of her novels in my teens. The only other one I’m familiar with is How I Live Now – it’s been a while, but I certainly recall enjoying it.

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  19. I haven’t heard of most of these! I did love The Selected works of T.S. Spivet and I plan to reread the copy I bought ages ago before donating it to the library book sale!

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  20. I have read the Yoko Ogawa but only have a faint recollection of liking it (though she’s not everyone’s cup of tea). I also read Out by Natsuo Kirino, and I’m not sure I liked it. I would advise to reserve it for the hottest weeks of summer, as the atmosphere is quite chilling.

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  22. Oh I would definitely love to join in on this! I also have a bunch of physical books I want to get to, and I had already decided I wanted to buy less and read more of what I already own this summer.

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  27. I’m glad you are reading the Keith Richards book Life. I still need to read that one too. The Hub says it’s good. Enjoy.

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  28. I haven’t read any of the books on your list…hope you enjoy them, will look forward to your reviews – I’ll probably end up adding lots to my ever growing to read list!
    I’ll be doing the 10 books of summer (http://wp.me/p6c4D4-17), can’t wait!

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  29. I loved Out and The Housekeeper and the Professor; so glad you’re joining the Japanese Literature Chsllenge 9! I’ve been meaning to read The Tiger’s Wife forever, maybe this summer…although my 20 books are all Japanese!

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  31. This is such a fabulous idea; how did I miss it last year!? I’d love to take part; I think it will definitely help me to get through the TBR in a more focused, less haphazard manner. Do I need to write reviews of each of the books which I read in order to take part?

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