One month in – 20 Books of Summer

So, my 20 Books of Summer challenge hasn’t got off to the best of starts.

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They are mocking me…..

Life sometimes has other plans and a hectic work schedule has left me with little time or energy to read and write reviews, let alone engage with all the fantastic bloggers who are taking part. I am checking in with the #20booksofsummer on Twitter and trying to keep up with all the reading that is going on but sometimes I just need to veg out on the sofa with a glass of wine and an episode of Hannibal to try and keep myself sane!

Hello Mads..... (Photo by: Elisabeth Caren/NBC)

Hello Mads…..
(Photo by: Elisabeth Caren/NBC)

Not that it’s been all bad. I’ve read 5 books and started my 6th, so I’m only a few books behind. I had intended to write shorter reviews, but when I read a book as fabulous as Keith Ridgeway’s Hawthorn and Child (which may well turn out to be my book of the year!), I want to give it credit with a full review. So, next week I’m hoping to review both Hawthorn and Child and Out and my weekend will be spent in the company of Mr Keith Richards which should be entertaining to say the least!

Now, strategy-wise, do I go for a couple of short books to get back up to my target? Or do I plough on with the biggies to get them out of the way?? Decisions, decisions.

So, a BIG thanks to everyone who is taking part, reading loads and showing me up! I really do appreciate it and I intend to get round all your blogs soon – thanks for your patience.

Onwards…..

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41 thoughts on “One month in – 20 Books of Summer

  1. I’m in the same boat. I’ve read 4 so far and am in the middle of my 5th. I’ve had so many review copies I’ve had to read that I haven’t had as much time as I would like for the books I want to read. I was debating the same thing between short vs. long right now. Decided to plow through some of the longer ones to get them out of the way. Luckily, my book club book choice was chosen for this month and I used a book off of my list so at least I’ll be able to cross that one off! 🙂

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  2. Sounds like me and my Books on the Nightstand Summer Bingo. I’m failing at the moment, but I’ll rapidly catch up once I get done with the tome I’m reading at the moment.

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  3. I’m powering ahead with the reading but falling way behind on the reviewing. But as you say, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do! Having a list is definitely concentrating my mind, though – and I’m trying not to read all the short ones first…

    Have a great summer, reading, reviewing or otherwise!

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  4. I’m trudging along slowly these days, as well. Summer here means kids, camping, and not much alone time for reading and blogging. Snatches here and there. Right now, I’m just barely staying on the radar. But, it’s summer! 🙂

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  5. I’m thinking about taking part in this because it sounds like fun……I can easily come up with titles but I am lousy at follow-thru. I’ll let you know.

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  6. I wish you the best of luck trying to fit in some reading, Cathy. Life has been hectic for me as well, and I’m just catching up with all your posts and writing something myself.

    As for the decisions, I would go for something that you have long wanted to read, so that you really need to go back to the book even though you’re probably knackered by the end of the day. And if you just want to go to bed, fellow book bloggers get it 😉

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  7. I just posted book six which has me thinking I might actually complete this challenge. I don’t see challenges as something I have to complete; I see them as something I should have fun doing. So I say, read a few short books if you want to. 😉

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