Yay, on June 1st, 20 Books of Summer as hosted for several years by Cathy at 746 Books, is back for 2020. I’ve signed up for this challenge for four years now, but never reaching the full twenty books, my best has been 15/20. However, it does help clear some books from the TBR.
Yes, you can opt to aim for a lesser number – but what’s the point? OK, you’re thinking I’m as bad as Matt Hancock, setting an unachievable target for coronavirus testing!
But I have a ‘cunning plan’…
During the school holidays, my reading always goes up significantly from my average of about 10-12 books a month to over 15 anyway. However, I have a pile of review copies to get though, and there’ll be those times where I have to read the newest book to come through the letterbox, and to fit in book group books etc – but 20 TBR books should be doable?
My problem is that when I choose my 20 books – I then really struggle to pick which of them to read – which is why I always fail at this challenge. Substitutions are fine, but that feels like cheating. It’s all about the psychology of choosing your next read, and I struggle with having this limited pile of books to choose from. So I’ve come up with the ultimate cheat which I hope will encourage me to aim for the full 20.
My bedside bookcase has four shelves of increasing depth – the top one has stacks of review copies on, stickered with publication dates. The next three shelves contain paperbacks, larger paperbacks and small hardbacks, and standard hardbacks respectively. These three shelves contain 85 books! (I didn’t think there were that many, so I counted them). All these books were acquired before 2020 and there’s a heady mix of fiction and non-fiction, thrillers and classics, prize-winners and poetry, chunksters and novellas, plenty of translated books too.
Cathy says she’ll ‘bend the rules to help anyone reach their goal’ so I will try to read 20 books from the 85 in my bedside bookcase TBR shelves. Hopefully, the extra choice will eliminate that ‘but I don’t want to read any of this pile now’ feeling! Because of furniture in the way, I’ve had to collage 6 photos into one – but here are the shelves in question.
My next problem is choosing where to start!