My 20 Books of Summer

Twenty Books of Summer is back!  It will run from June 3 through August, and basically the challenge is to make a list of 20 books and read those books over the next three months. This year I decided at least 10 of the books need to be ones I already own.  The reason is that I’ve been reading mostly library books; since they always come with a deadline, I always prioritize them.  But I’ve got a lot of books on my Kindle I’d like to read.

This summer we’re going through a big shutdown on our Metro system.  So I’m expecting more time spent on buses than usual — at least that means more reading!


Books for challenges (9):

  • The Warden by Anthony Trollope (Back to the Classics challenge)
  • Human Acts by Han Kang (TBR Pile Challenge)
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (TBR Pile Challenge)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (TBR Pile Challenge, Nonfiction)
  • How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana (Nonfiction Challenge)
  • The Devourers by Indra Das (Reading Women Challenge, Lambda Award winner)
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott (Nonfiction Challenge)
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (Read Harder Challenge)
  • Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Read Harder Challenge)

Women’s Prize nominees (5):

  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Freshwater by Awaeke Emezi
  • Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li 
  • See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (last year’s Women’s Prize longlist)
  • Little Deaths by Emma Flint (2017 Women’s Prize longlist)

Hugo Nominees (1):

  • The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

ARCs (2):

  • Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Inland by Tea Obrecht

From the library (3):

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

That’s my summer reading list!  What will you be reading?

  15 comments for “My 20 Books of Summer

  1. June 3, 2019 at 6:58 am

    This is such a fun idea for the summer! I feel like 20 books is a challenging but also manageable goal to achieve. Best of luck! 🙂

    • June 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      20 books is definitely manageable, the very difficult part is sticking to the list. But of course I don’t have to read every one.

  2. June 3, 2019 at 7:30 am

    I love this idea

  3. June 3, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Quite number of books you have there! Happy reading love!

  4. June 3, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for taking part! I’ve read 3 from your list – Little Deaths, See What I Have Done and Daisy Jones – and all are great! Good luck and happy reading x

    • June 3, 2019 at 5:57 pm

      That’s great, I’m glad to hear you liked them. Thanks for hosting the challenge!

  5. June 3, 2019 at 10:13 am

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is fantastic How Dare the Sun Rise sounds so interesting. Good luck on your challenge!

    • June 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

      I’m really looking forward to Henrietta Lacks. Glad to hear you liked it!

  6. June 18, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Great list! The Immortal Life is a fascinating read. Human Acts and What Have You Done and Daisy are on my list as well. Happy Reading!

    • June 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Daisy Jones was really good, I hope you like it! I’m really looking forward to reading Immortal Life. Happy summer reading!

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