For the last few days I’ve been trying to make up my mind whether or not to take part in this year’s 20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. The rules are simple – to make a list of twenty books (or fifteen or ten) you want to read this summer and then read as many of them as you can between 1st June and 3rd September – but as I’m not usually very successful at sticking to lists, that’s why I’ve been hesitant about joining in. It always looks fun, though, so I’ve decided to give it a try this time!
My list is a mixture of review copies (NetGalley and physical), the remaining books I need to read for the Classics Club, library books – I’ll have to read those first – and some that I’ve simply been looking forward to reading. I probably won’t read all of them and will almost certainly find myself drawn to other books as well, but I’ll see how it goes.
Here are my twenty books, in no particular order:
1. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
2. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
3. Long Summer Day by RF Delderfield
4. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
5. Beneath a Burning Sky by Jenny Ashcroft
6. The Fortune of War by Patrick O’Brian
7. Heartstone by CJ Sansom
8. The Light Years by Elizabeth Jane Howard
9. The Last Son’s Secret by Rafel Nadal Farreras
10. The Silk Merchant’s Daughter by Dinah Jefferies
11. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (re-read)
12. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
13. The Wicked Day by Mary Stewart
14. Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
15. For the Winner by Emily Hauser
16. Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye
17. The Reckoning by Sharon Penman
18. Crimson and Bone by Marina Fiorato
19. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
20. By Gaslight by Steven Price
What do you think? Have you read any of these? Will you be taking part in 20 Books of Summer this year?