It’s 20 Books Of Summer Time!

Well, here we are, it’s 1 June and the first day of 20 Books of Summer! For once, it actually feels like summer here in Northern Ireland with blue skies and warm sun. I may enjoy it while it lasts!

I have to say, I have been overwhelmed (literally!) by all your support and sign-up posts – we now have over 100 people taking part across Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, and blogs – which is quite amazing. You can check out all the sign up posts on my pinned post here. If I haven’t commented on your sign-up post yet, do drop me a note in the comments and I’ll pop over.

There’s still time to join in if you fancy lining up 10, 15 or 20 books to read between now and 1 September.

So to the important question…

What’s the strategy and what are you starting with?

I have to admit that even thought it’s only day one, I’ve already cheated a little as I started The Hours by Michael Cunningham last night and I’m loving it already.

I’m also planning to read one short story a day from the Wells Tower collection, so I can read a few books in tandem.

I know from years of experience, that these first few weeks are the exciting ones where we are all brimming with enthusiasm and determination. By the time we get to week 7 though, it’s a different story!

So, it’s a long game we’re playing here but there’s lots of support so don’t forget to use the hashtag #20BooksofSummer22 to check in with everyone. I’ll be posting at the end of each month and at the halfway point (14 July) to see how everyone is doing.

Last year I created a 20 Songs of Summer playlist on Spotify, so if you need a soundtrack to your reading, I’ve got you covered!

Good luck and happy reading!

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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. I’ve started on the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as an audiobook. Enjoying it though think will get more into it once I understand who all the different characters are. Will pick up something in hard copy too but haven’t decided what yet.

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  2. So happy to start! I’ve always got an audiobook and a written book on the go at any one time! Good luck everyone in meeting your goals!

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  3. I woke up at 4am this morning because my neighbours were arguing, which was annoying, but then I remembered that it was 1st June and I could start my book! Which made it all worth it. So I am about 20% of the way into The Widows of Malabar Hill. I’m enjoying it though it’s suffering a bit from too much exposition – but not enough to ruin my enjoyment.

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  4. What’s the strategy and what am I starting with? The goal is to encourage me to get on with chunky classics I’d previously stalled on – namely Gormenghast and Middlemarch – as well as sticking a handful of slightly shorter titles in as ballast perhaps or rather contrast (a kid’s book, some SF, short stories, some mainstream fiction).

    Like you I’ve slightly cheated by already starting some – well, four of them – to get me off to a flying start, because I’ve always got multiple titles on the go!

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  5. That is a great idea, reading one short story a day in addition to other books. I don’t know if I can keep up with that, I am slower at reading lately. But I have two short story books on my list

    Last night I started my first book, The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler. So far, very good. Different from his other books that I have read though. We have the film adaptation of that book and haven’t watched it in years, so will do that when I finish.

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  6. The Hours is fantastic. hope everything else on your list proves just as good though it will be hard to beat

    My strategy? Well since I themed my list around travel, I am starting at home with a book by a Welsh/Maltese author

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  7. At 7 minutes past midnight last night I started a tweet to say I was going to start reading, but then I couldn’t decide which book to pick. Pffft. I’ve plumped for Mosquito Coast first because it’s a half-read book, so I know it’s good.
    I caught sight of Hothouse Flowers on your Spotify list, so I shall listen to that tomorrow.

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  8. I started reading from my list this evening. I’ve gone with a collection of four short stories called Staying Home to start me off. The stories were written by writers on a short story course during the pandemic, so the title has dual meaning. It’s good so far.

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  9. Congratulations on having so many sign up, that’s brilliant! The Hours is a masterpiece, I loved all his earlier books though haven’t loved the newer ones. And like Laura, I’ve not quite started yet as have May books to finish but I’ll get going soon, I promise!

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  10. Love that there is a playlist to go along with our reading! I’m reading a novel along with a short story collection currently so I can hopefully move along nicely through my list!

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  11. This is such a great challenge I’m not surprised you had so many sign-ups! I began Madam Bovary on June 1 and am reading one chapter each day. I have been doing this for a while with various classics and it is proving to be a good strategy for me. I also pulled the books that are on my summer list from my bookshelves and put them in a pile together. I think that counts as progress.

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