20 Books of Summer 2016!

1 summer.

96 Days.

20 Books.

6060 pages.

63 pages a day.

Will this year finally be the year I complete my 20 Books of Summer challenge?

From now until 5 September I will be attempting to read my 20 Books of Summer. Why not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!), read along with some of the books or just cheer me on as I try and get that dreaded 746 down by another 20 in just 3 months.


Here are my 20, all by women writers this year:

  • The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Bogeywoman by Jaimy Gordon
  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
  • Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
  • Blue Nights by Joan Didion
  • I Am No One You Know by Joyce Carol Oates
  • The Keep by Jennifer Egan
  • A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
  • The Republic of Love by Carol Shields
  • The Bottle Factory Outing by Beryl Bainbridge
  • My Lover’s Lover by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  • Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
  • Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively replaced with Solace by Belinda McKeon
  • This Is How by MJ Hyland

Now, anyone who knows me, knows I am flexible with rules, so I may swap some books for something else during the course of the challenge and I will be keeping reviews short and sweet for the sake of my sanity!

Don’t forget to check out these other fabulous bloggers who are also taking part:

Cleopatra Loves Books

Faith, Hope and Cherrytea

Liz Dexter

The Writerly Reader

Raven Crime Reads (and Mum too!)

Well Read Pirate Queen

The (blank) Garden

Heaven Ali

Books Are My Favourite and Best

Smoke and Mirrors

Booker Talk

Consumed by Ink

Marina Sofia

Avid Mystery Reader

The Aroma of Books

Fiction Fan

Raging Fluff


My Book Strings

Books Please

The Bookworm Chronicles

A Crime is Afoot

LouLou Reads

Aleksandra Grabwicz

From First Page to Last


Vanquer Boarding House

Beaches and Books

Grab the Lapels

Pining for the West

An Armchair by the Sea

Brona’s Books



A Great Book Study

Jill M Wanders

That’s What She Reads

Fig and Thistle

Elle Thinks

Behold the Stars

A Voluptuous Mind

Drunk Off Rhetoric

Nothing of Importance Again

Reading American Leaves

Big Reading Life

He Said Books or Me

Ravenscroft Cloud

A Bibliophile’s Style

Penni’s Perceptions


Rattle The Stars

Jaffa Reads Too

Books and Reviews

Sarah Reads Too Much

Head Full of Books

Simpler Pastimes

Mrs Bloggs Books

Have Books Will Read

Dancing With Architecture

Runt of A Reader

Poppy Peacock Pens

Books and Me!

Lisa Loves Literature

Julie’s Reading Room

Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

Rachel’s Random Reads

Polishing Mud Balls

Mareli Thalk Ink

My Little Library In the Attic

The Book Stop

The Story Book Girl

In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel

52 Books or Bust

My Reader’s Block


What’s Better Than Books?

Snow Feathers

Reader Writerville

Esther Writes

An Anthology of Clouds

Kathy Waller

*If you’re taking part and I’ve missed you off this list, link back and I’ll add you on!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @cathy746books and use the hashtag #20booksofsummer to join in the chat with everyone taking part!








Here’s to a great summer of reading!


20 Books of Summer The 746

Cathy746books View All →

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

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  1. Would you add me Cathy? Four down, with another four halfway through. Having said that, my original list numbered seventeen and I’ve read five (I think!) others that weren’t on the list, so not doing too bad! The thing is, the books I feel like reading change from day to day! 😼 I’m such a fickle reader! Not even tackled reviews, but I’ve got plenty of notes, thankfully! Be interested to see what you made of A Crime In The Neighborhood – I read it a while ago and really enjoyed it!

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