20 Books of Summer- how did we all do?

Well, that’s it for another year.

20 Books of Summer ends today and for myself, it has been a great success.

All 5166 pages were read and then some!

20 books

I read and reviewed all 20 books – although a lot of those review were mini ones, which I had promised myself I would try to avoid. Time constraints meant that full reviews just weren’t possible this time round. Maybe next year…

I think a lot of the success of my challenge this year is down to the fact that I picked well this year and really enjoyed nearly all of my choices.

Stand outs were Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage by Alice Munro; Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty; Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin and Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

There weren’t any in my 20 that I really disliked, although A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver was disappointing and Seeing Red by Lina Meruane was admirable but left me cold.

The rest were good solid reads, with a nice mix between fiction and non-fiction (and some where those lines blurred).

So, how did you all do?

This challenge wouldn’t be half as enjoyable without so many people taking part, so thanks to you all for your posts, reviews and tweets – we were even trending on Twitter a couple of times over the summer.

Here’s to next year!



20 Books of Summer The 746

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

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  1. Thanks for hosting the challenge again this year – it’s one I look forward to. Congratulations on completing your list. I need to take a leaf out of your book next year (pun intended) when putting together my list next year. See, I’m already looking ahead to next year! I managed 18 out of my 20. Just couldn’t finish the last two in time. Here’s my final update: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/20-books-of-summer-reading-challenge-2018-final-update-20booksofsummer/


  2. Well done Cathy and I am thrilled that Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury was one of your stand out reads! I managed 8 of my 10 books this year – one down on last year – but that is still pretty good going considering how slowly I started! I will have a full round up post up later this week.


  3. I only read four of the 15 books on my list (plus another four that weren’t on it), but I posted seven reviews this summer! That’s extremely good going for me. Thanks so much for hosting this – I always enjoy it!


  4. Thanks Cathy really enjoyed this again. Well 20 Books was a bit of a stretch but I’ve managed to read 20 (although I ended up changing several from my original list) but the writing up on my blog has been more of an issue. Only managed 13 so far. However, I will get to most if not all done in the next few weeks. I’ve not committed to the full 20 before and found it quite tough especially through August, still it was fun to try. Thanks for hosting, you did well. 😀 Janet


  5. Between this and your other summer reading post – it sounds like you had a great summer of reading! This was my first time taking part in 20 Books of Summer, and it definitely won’t be the last; a whole lot of fun & motivation. I didn’t stick to my list entirely, nor have I reviewed all the books read yet, but I read more than 20 books in three months, and I’m more than happy about that! Thanks for hosting!!


  6. Very impressive Cathy. I don’t join in because I don’t need the pressure. We often travel in July and I find that my reading drops off when I travel. This year I spent 12 days on a tour. Some on it read 6 books, and I didn’t finish one, because while they were reading I was looking at the passing scenery. I’m always scared of missing something.

    However, I have enjoyed seeing some of the wrap up posts. I’ve very glad that you didn’t read any bad books. I consider myself a failure at choosing books to read if I really hate something or think it’s so bad. The last book I abandoned because it was so bad was a LibraryThing giveaway. I take no responsibility for that!!

    Oh, and what’s wrong with min-reviews. I say good on you for doing that rather than letting a backlog of long reviews build up. All you need really is a good enough record of what you’ve read.


  7. I really enjoyed this and posted my wrap-up for it yesterday. It made me tick off so many books that were on my TBR and I loved seeing what everyone read. 😀 Thanks for this, Cathy.


  8. Congratulations! I had a good reading summer, though I didn’t read many books as you. I did like everything I read and my challenge included other library-ish activities. Reading that many books and writing the reviews is a lot of pressure. I don’t think I could have done it! On to fall, my favorite season!

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