20 Books of Summer: My TBR List

For the last few years, Cathy at 746 Books has hosted the 20 Books of Summer challenge.  You make a list of 20 books and try to read them between June 1 and September 1.  In past years, I’ve had no trouble reading 20 books in 3 months, the issue is more can I read these 20 books (Cathy doesn’t mind if we swap the books on the list) and can I actually post reviews of 20 books (not necessarily required). And since I would have made a summer TBR list anyway, this challenge fits in nicely and shouldn’t add to my stress levels.

What’s on the list? A lot of the books from my TBR Pile challenge (#2-6), books I’ve got on my wait list at the library (#7-11), some good reads for the Nonfiction challenge (#12-15), a few ARCs (#16-18). Plus I’m aiming for a decent amount of diversity.  No easy short reads, but no huge ones either.

  1. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
  3. Gilead by Marianne Robinson
  4. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  5. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  6. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  7. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  8. Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman
  9. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss
  10. What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  11. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Machado
  12. How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana
  13. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  14. Janesville by Amy Goldstein
  15. Educated by Tara Westover
  16. What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
  17. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
  18. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  19. Human Acts by Han Kang
  20. Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

If you’ve read any of these, what do you recommend?

Hope you’ll consider joining the challenge.  Either way, happy summer reading!

  9 comments for “20 Books of Summer: My TBR List

  1. May 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Nice list….I see a few I would like to read. # 6, 7, and 15.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. May 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Great list! The End of the Affair is so good. Thanks for taking part x

  3. May 28, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Love this! I also decided to do this today 😁

  4. May 28, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Some great picks! I loved Human Acts (if you read The Vegetarian you probably know what you’re in for). Seven Deaths is on my list for the fall, can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

  5. May 28, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    The only thing I’ve read from there is Persepolis, which is pretty good.

    • June 3, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Just finished Killers of the Flower Moon and it’s an impressive feat of research and a compelling and grim piece of American history. Worth your time!

  6. June 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    My list is a bit different from others as I’m a mood reader! Good luck and I hope you’ll stop by:



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