My 20 Books of Summer

746 Books is once again hosting Twenty Books of Summer, which is a good way to think about and organize my summer reading.  I hope I’ll be able to cover more than 20 books by September 3, but it’s always hard to stick to a list when you hear about new and exciting books.  My list is a mix of Baileys Prize books, classics, around-the-world reads, science fiction, and just a few books I’ve been wanting to get to.  Most of these are books I own already, which is a good thing.

Books from the Bailey’s Prize shortlist:

  1. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  2. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  3. First Love by Gwendoline Riley

Books on current events/ state of the country:

  1. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  2. Dark Money by Jane Mayer


  1. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  2. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Science fiction and fantasy:

  1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  4. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  5. Bloodchild by Octavia Butler

Reading around the world:

  1. Behold the Dreamers by Obolo Mbue
  2. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  3. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  4. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  5. The Infatuations by Javier Marias

And a few that I couldn’t categorize:

  1. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  2. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  3. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart

And three alternates just in case:

  • Reading the Bones by Sheila Finch
  • Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

So, that’s my reading list for the summer!  Have you read any of these?  What’s on your summer reading list?

  14 comments for “My 20 Books of Summer

  1. June 2, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Thanks so much for taking part this year! Great list plus we both have Housekeeping!

  2. June 2, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I was so tempted to put Homegoing on my list too but it had strong competition …..

  3. June 2, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Homegoing is an impressive debut; I liked it very much. I’m thinking about making Hillbilly Elegy my next audio pick, so if we both end up reading it, we can compare our reactions. Happy Reading!

  4. June 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Housekeeping and Hillbilly Elegy are excellent. Interesting list.

  5. June 2, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Marilynne Robinson’s books are so good! Looking forward to what you think of Hillybilly Elegy as I see it all over the place and have yet to read it. Amy Steart book looks interesting! Happy Reading.

    • June 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      The Amy Stewart book is third in a series and I just snagged a review copy. Definitely start with the first one if you’re interested!

  6. June 2, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    That’s an interesting list – I like the way you’ve divided it into categories! I have read Orlando and The Three Musketeers and enjoyed both, so I hope you do too.

  7. JWF
    June 3, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I’ve read three on your list, all of which I recommend: Hillbilly Elegy, Homegoing, and Housekeeping! Interesting list you’ve created for yourself.

  8. June 3, 2017 at 9:18 am

    The only one I’ve read it’s Hillbilly Elegy, but I’ve heard of quite of a few of these. As you saw, we’re both reading a Butler novel! I believe the blood book is part of a series. An I thinking of the right one?

  9. June 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

    I’m glad you’re planning to read Dark Money; I found it fascinating and infuriating, but with important information it’s better to know than not. I’ve read Orlando and Housekeeping, both good picks for summer reading I’d say. And a new Kopp sisters book sounds lovely!

    • June 4, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      I’m reading it on your recommendation, and it sounds like it will be disturbing. I already feel like there’s no getting out of the mess we’re in.

  10. June 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    I really need to get my summer reading organized–your approach is good and balanced. I love Homegoing. Housekeeping was good but oppressive–one of those books I’m glad I read, but was equally glad when I finished it. I’d like to read both Dark Money and Hillbilly Elegy–heard both are good.

    Happy reading, happy summer.

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