This year, rather than do Book Bingo, I’m going to join in with Cathy of 746 Books and do the 20 Books of Summer challenge.
I’ve chosen my 20 books. All are books I’ve acquired, not review copies. I make no apology for none of them being chunky – but choosing slimmer volumes, it might just be achievable, and some of them have been in my TBR for years. Here they are (with Harry, who grumbled when I moved him over!) and listed beneath the photo in alphabetical order.
Ablutions by Patrick de Witt – (2) Review
After me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (11) Review
The Children’s Home by Charles Lambert
Crazy Pavements by Beverley Nichols (8) Review
Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill (6) Review
Die a Little by Megan Abbott
The Dresser by Beryl Bainbridge
Duffy by Dan Kavanagh
Eminent Hipsters by Donald Fagen (4) Review
Equilateral by Ken Kalfus – (1) Review
Forgetting Zoe by Ray Robinson – (5) Review
In a Lonely Place by Dorothy B Hughes
Orkney by Amy Sackville
Paulina and Fran by Rachel B Glaser
The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton
Swimming Home by Deborah Levy (10) Review
The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (9) Review
Truth or Fiction by Jennifer Johnston (7) Review
Weight by Jeanette Winterson – (3) Review
21 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer”
I’m not sure Harry approves of your choices (or perhaps he wants to keep them all to himself?), but there are a few in there that I’ve been meaning to read as well: Deborah Levy, Beatlebone, Beryl Bainbridge, Francesca Kay.
I do hope I’ll get to (most) of them!
Some goodies on here, Annabel. I loved Equilateral but it seemed to sink without trace!
The Kalfus has such a great premise. I should have read it before. Looking forward to it now.
Great choices and cute cat! Thanks for taking part. I’m a big Kevin Barry fan but haven’t read Beatlebone. Look foward to hearing what you think!
Thanks Cathy. I’ve shied away from your 20 books previously, but I so need to tackle my TBR… Haven’t read Barry, but I know Beatlebone has had good reviews.
I’ve been meaning to read The Dressmaker too – it’s a short book, so shouldn’t take long. Good luck with your challenge!
I don’t know why I haven’t read that Bainbridge – so I shall fill in a gap – and reduce the TBR.
What an interesting pile! And so glad that you have a Beverley in there! :)))
I added it deliberately! 🙂
Some great choices! Equilateral is one of my favourite reads of the last few years and has turned me into a die-hard Kalfus fan. And I loved Charles Lambert’s The Children House too. Have a great summer of reading!
Another fan of Equilateral – that’ll be the first book I read then!
A really interesting and diverse list. I’m delighted to see The Slaves in Solitude and the Dorothy B. Hughes in your pile. You can’t go wrong there. Happy reading!
Jacqui – I thought of you when I picked the Hughes. 🙂
Well done, Harry! Morgan tried to get all over my pile but I managed to discourage him! My pile is here https://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/20booksofsummer-2017-the-list/ and it’s a great idea to work on books you’ve had for a while – I used my last year’s pile to get rid of a load of random books that were floating around. Happy reading!
You have a much more controlled TBR pile than I though! 🙂