20 Books of Summer: Checking in and flying out!

Well, in the blink of an eye that’s the first month of 20 Books of Summer finished! With June over we are now a third of the way through the challenge. How are we all doing?

I’m doing pretty well actually. I’ve reviewed 5 of my 15/20:

I’ve also finished book 6 – Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson – which I loved, but haven’t reviewed yet and I am 200 pages into book 7, the very moreish American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.

However, this is where my good progress will probably stall somewhat as I am off to Crete on holiday in a few days so I will be off-blog for almost three weeks!

I can’t wait to get away and am looking forward to lots of family time, reading, good food and swimming in the sea. The downside (if you could really call it that!) is that I won’t be able to review, so I’ll be way behind on that front when I get back.

Sfakia, Crete

I’ve been trying to plan what to bring with me to read, being mindful of luggage weight restrictions at the same time! Last time I went away for a week I took and read 4 books, however I’ll need more than that for a two-week holiday! Lonesome Dove is a must, I’ve been waiting for a big free block of time to get stuck in to that one and American Wife will come too as I doubt I’ll get to finish it before we jet off. I think I’ll balance those chunksters out with Case Study, as it was recently longlisted for my favourite literary prize The Gordon Burn Prize and Elena Knows and Party Monster for some non-fiction change of pace.

Holidays are also a good time to co-ordinate reading with my husband and I know he’s bringing The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin and Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, so I’ll be able to steal those once he’s finished.

And if worst comes to worst, my e-reader will be on hand as well! How do you all plan your holiday reading? Do books take precedence over clothes and swim gear?

Good luck to everyone with the ongoing 20 Books challenge and I look forward to catching up again at the end of July!

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. Wonderful vacation plans, and reading plans too. I am going away too for two weeks but I will only take a couple of books with me and my ereader, that’s all, I can’t read that much quantity with all the outings and I guess I am a slow speed reader.
    Your titles look great, I am intrigued by them.

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      • Hahaha, I too prefer a physical book, but I have some strange perk for very specific books on ereader. There’s this Spanish brick, Fortunata and Jacinta, and ebook gives me the comfort of reading at night and outdoors without breaking my wrist while looking up dictionary definitions of words I know but for the pleasure of reading the definitions, hahaha.

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  2. Have a great trip, looks beautiful! ☀️ I have book 4 review almost ready to go up and am halfway through book 5.. so definitely behind schedule but you know what I’m just really enjoying reading more than I usually would… so I think that’s what counts 🤗

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  3. Have a great time! Long ago I used to travel up here to North Dakota for the summers only. I was working as a teacher then. For the first several years of that I was packing an extra suitcase for the books because the nearest bookstore was at UND, 35 miles away.

    Then… ta-da!!!…Kindle came out. And I had one because that would save me extra luggage expense and the books were cheaper. AND!!! The font was adjustable. I had one of the first Kindles and then 3 (I think) iPads since that wonderful day. Now I live up here. The bookstore is just as far away as is the library.

    And I’ve now gone to Audible books for all but the best ones (or nonfiction) which I get both Kindle and Audible for. So I was bringing just the one suitcase and then I retired and my mom got sick and I moved up here – with one suitcase and a carry-on. LOL!

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  4. Have a wonderful holiday, Cathy. If I am limited with what I can bring, then my tablet is what I use to read. If I am driving somewhere and there is no limit of what I can bring, then I will pack a huge bag or box of books. I just hope you get it all sorted and just enjoy!

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  5. Have a wonderful trip! I hope you enjoy Lonesome Dove – a real favourite of mine. Keep saying I will reread it, maybe reading your thoughts will actually prompt me to do so!

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  6. Choosing books to take on a trip is more of a challenge than choosing the clothes! I dread being stuck with books I am not enjoying. E readers share the only real solution to avoid panic searches in resorts fir anything that’s not romance of crime……

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  7. Oooh, have a lovely time on your holiday in Crete! We went many decades ago sans kids, but only for a week, and I expect it’s changed a lot. (Luckily it wasn’t as sinister as the Crete in Patricia Highsmith’s The Two Faces of January!)

    I opted for ten on my list and have completed three: a tedious Aldous Huxley novella, a dystopian novel by Muriel Jaeger, and The Lord of the Rings which admittedly I’d already started before June began.

    But I haven’t neglected other titles, and also got through two children’s classics and a Patricia Highsmith set in Venice – so six books in toto.

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  8. I’m not doing so well with the challenge…I’ve only read 4 (and reviewed 2) so I really need to pick up speed this month! Enjoy your holiday… I find it surreal seeing my Instagram feed filled with all my Irish and British friends off on trips or doing ‘normal’ things while I’m still wearing a mask in crowded places and being covid safe. Just the thought of getting on a plane and going anywhere scares me!

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  9. Have a super trip! I tend to “pack” the e-reader now but then a real book for each journey just in case I’m not allowed to have my Kindle turned on. I was half-way through reading Book 7 at the turn of the month, so am exactly on schedule, which I’m really happy about, as you can imagine.

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  10. Hi Cathy – have a great time in Crete! Wow, that’s fantastic :). I’m slowly moving to all-Kindle, so that would be an easy decision for me. Looking forward to reading your posts when you return!

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  11. Have a lovely holiday, Cathy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying American Wife – it is so addictive! I’m a tad behind with 20 Books, reading book #6 now. I’m finding that rereading makes me slow down, which isn’t a bad thing.

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  12. Enjoy your trip to Crete ! One day I’d love to discover this island. I’m usually taking my e-reader and a few books I intend to complete and leave behind. In fact, I count on discarding them so that I can a little space for souvenirs!

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  13. Have a fabulous holiday! Planning my reading for a holiday is one of the most fun parts for me, though I never get as much read as I think I will. (Possibly due to my small children!)

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  14. Love the idea of a Crete holiday! Take a lot of sunscreen and have a marvelous time. I only travel with a cell phone, all my books are on it. Reviews have to wait for my return but I’m always playing catch-up anyway, so not really new. 😉

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