Well, that’s it for another year folks, 20 Books of Summer is officially over.
So how did you all do?
Better than me I hope!
This has been my most disastrous year yet – I only managed to read a dismal 12 books and only managed to review a handful of them!
In my defence, I did read 8 books that weren’t on my original list (and some that aren’t even in the 746!) so to some extent I managed to complete my challenge….just not with the books I said I would!
Some of the books I read, but didn’t manage to review were Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley, which for me, started out well, but my interest trailed off mainly due to the fact that I didn’t like any of the characters.
No One Belongs Here More than You was a sharp, witty collection of stories from Miranda July which were imaginative and heartfelt but suffered slightly from a lack of distinction in the narrative voices.
I was blown away by Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, which I read twice while on holiday this year. I thought this was a stunning book, beautifully written and deeply moving. I really look forward to reading more of her work.
I’m halfway through three of my 20 books – A Goat’s Song by Dermot Healy; Theft by Peter Carey and the amazing Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. This is my first encounter with Strout and I am really loving it. Inter-connected short stories are a favourite of mine and the writing in this is just beautiful.
So, given that I can’t even complete my own challenge, should I do it again next year? Would it be a bit much to host it and not take part? Maybe I should just go for 10 next year – at least I know I’ll finish it!
A big thanks to all of you for taking part, there were over 80 of us completing the challenge which is fantastic and I love the buzz over the summer months.
But, the back to school vibe is here, so time to get the head down and keep ploughing through the TBR! I’ll try and get to some of the unread books from my summer list but I may just let my reading go where it takes me.
Sticking to a list clearly doesn’t suit me!
I am a 40 something book buying addict trying to reduce the backlog one book at a time!