20 Books of Summer, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books, is a very simple idea: make a list of 20 (or 10 or 15) books and read them during the summer months. However, it’s not as easy as it sounds, as I discovered when I took part in 2017 and 2018. Just reading twenty books in three months is not usually a problem for me, but sticking to a list prepared in advance definitely is! Cathy does allow us to add and remove books from our lists, but I prefer not to do that if possible, which makes it even more challenging.
I did consider the ten or fifteen book option this time because I’m expecting this summer to be much busier than usual (if all goes according to plan I should be moving house in July) but I decided just to list twenty anyway and see how far I get with them. This year all of the books on my list are review copies, either physical ones or books I’ve received through NetGalley. It should be a good way to clear some of the backlog!
I’ll see how many of these I can read between 3rd June and 3rd September:
1. The Canary Keeper by Clare Carson
2. The Horseman by Tim Pears
3. The Devil’s Slave by Tracy Borman
4. A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien
5. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
6. Those Who Are Loved by Victoria Hislop
7. Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver
8. Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir
9. Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada
10. The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick
11. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
12. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
13. The Anarchist’s Club by Alex Reeve
14. Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh
15. Mrs Whistler by Matthew Plampin
16. The Butterfly Room by Lucinda Riley
17. A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
18. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
19. Decoding the Bayeux Tapestry by Arthur C. Wright (non-fiction)
20. Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou by Amy Licence (non-fiction)
Have you read any of these? Will you be taking part in 20 Books of Summer this year?