The 20 Books of Summer Challenge Comes to a Close

Sadly, my favorite season is coming to a close, and with it, the 20 Books of Summer Challenge hosted by 746 Books.  I started off strong, fell off the list in July, and here’s how I ended up.

Total books read this summer: 22

Books read from 20 Books of Summer Challenge List: 15

Books on the list started but not finished: 2 (The Three Musketeers and Dark Money)

Total books reviewed: 13

Books reviewed from Challenge List: 9

Best reads: The Power, Bloodchild and Other Stories, Hillbilly Elegy

Here’s what I read from my 20 Books of Summer list:

  1. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  2. The Power by Naomi Alderman
  3. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  4. Reading the Bones by Sheila Finch
  5. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
  6. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  7. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  9. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
  10. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  11. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  12. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  13. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  14. A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
  15. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Thanks to 746 Books for a great challenge!  It was good motivation to read more deliberately rather than reaching for whatever sounded good at the moment.  I’m glad I read such “weighty” works as The Sympathizer, Homegoing, and Housekeeping.  Though I didn’t get through any classics, and I definitely leaned toward more of the lighter (and shorter) fare on my list.

While this was a fun challenge, it will be nice to get away from a reading list for a while.  I’ve piled up a lot of books on my TBR list and now I plan to just read “spur of the moment” for a while.  Until next summer, anyway.

Did you do the 20 Books of Summer challenge, and if so, how did you do?

5 Responses to “The 20 Books of Summer Challenge Comes to a Close”

  1. BookerTalk

    You fell off in July but *still* managed to read more from your list than I did from mine. My mistake was to pick some long books …..

  2. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    Great job! I tried the 20 books of summer once (I was only trying for 10 books) and failed miserably, so I’ve not ventured again. In summer I tend to want to do more free-range reading, I think. My hold on Hillbilly Elegy just came in from the library, so I have to start that now!

  3. JaneGS

    That’s a mighty impressive list! I absolutely loved Homegoing. Housekeeping was interesting and beautifully written, but I found it oppressive.

  4. Tasheena Rose

    Well, I only read nine from my original list, so in that regard you did much better than me. I stuck with my TBR for about a month and then had to abandon ship. Always next year 🙂


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