20 books of Summer (except that it’s Winter)

20-books-of-summer-master-imageIn light of my post about my Netgalley habit and the fact that after June 19th I’ll have oodles of reading time (because exams will be over), I’ve decided to join Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer reading challenge. Except that it’s winter here. And therein lies the really ace thing about reading – it’s suited to #ALLTHESEASONS. Yes, there’s nothing better than having sand in the crack of your paperback (you thought I was going to say something else, didn’t you?) but it’s equally lovely to burrow under the doona, warm and toasty, and kill an hour with a book.

The challenge is straightforward – read twenty books between June 1st and September 4th. I’m aiming to finish some of my other reading challenges with this one *feels clever* and have chosen a mix of titles from those languishing on my Netgalley list to those sitting in dusty stacks around my house. I’ve included a couple of new releases for dinner-party-conversation-value.

So here is my Summer (Winter) reading list:

1. The Green Road by Anne Enright
2. Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
3. The Wonder Lover by Malcolm Knox
4. Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
5. Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith
6. Long Bay by Eleanor Limprecht
7. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
8. Days of Awe by Lauren Fox
9. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
10. The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
11. In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
12. Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
13. Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith
14. How to be a Grown-up by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola KrausΒ 
15. The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen
16. Y by Marjorie Celona
17. I’ll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde
18. Disraeli Avenue by Caroline Smailes
19. Little Exiles by Robert Dinsdale
20. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

22 responses

    • Life Moves Pretty Fast landed on my Kindle a few days ago and it’s been burning a ‘hole in my pocket’ ever since (but had an exam at uni so no fun reading here!). I think I must pre-ordered it after reading an extract – it will probably one of the first read off my 20 Books list.

  1. What a fab list. There are so many books there I would love to read, The Empathy Exams and Our Endless Numbered Days. Plus the new Anne Enright sounds great. Given that I will be reading through the Northern Ireland summer, I’ll be more likely to be cuddling under a blanket than getting sand in my spines!

  2. Good luck with the list! As my own reading pace is closer to 7 pages a month rather than 7 books a month I will watch from afar! However got some suggestions from your list that I will look forward to! Have read a few on list and I’d especially recommend Endless Numbered Days – thought it was great! And as we are competing to lay claim to the worst weather between June and Sept can I make a case for Glasgow?!

    • Ha ha – your Glasgow summer might be equivalent to my Melbourne winter! We had a cool but sunny 15 degrees today – how about you?

      Looking forward to Endless Numbered Days – I bought it a few weeks ago after visiting a book shop with the purpose to buy a book that I knew nothing about. Of course, since then I see reviews for it everywhere!

  3. I spotted this today and have started to put together a list – along with a more winter appropriate badge πŸ™‚
    I plan to post on Monday.

    Whiskey and Charlie is really wonderful and I hope to get to Enright’s books later this year too. Good luck with your winter reading.

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  5. good luck with the challenge. I’m reading your blog sitting in the garden desperately pretending that this is officially summer in UK so it should be warm. But I think I’m going to have to give in soon.

    • I think you made a good decision locking into 10 and leaving the rest to whatever takes your fancy – I may regret not having any wiggle-room.

  6. I found ‘The Circle’ by David Eggers a much stronger novel than ‘Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?’, but that may be just me.

    • The Circle is in my TBR stack as well (a book I pre-ordered but still haven’t read!) – I’ve only picked Your Fathers over The Circle because it’s in my list of unread ARCs and I’m really trying to clear that list.

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