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20 books of summer ’20 is here!

by J. C. Greenway
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Having recently finished the #TBR20 challenge, along comes 20 Books of Summer ’20, hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. As she explains, the rules for this challenge are simple:

One summer.

Three months.

93 Days.

20 books.

Are you in?

My answer is yes! #TBR20 was enjoyable: it gave some structure to my reading to have a list and I found so many wonderful books that had been languishing on the shelves. (My plan is to review a few of these over the summer months… hopefully.) Another advantage was that not buying books while I was doing the challenge meant that quite the wish list had built up by the time it finished, so anticipation was building…

20 Books of Summer 20

Here is my list for the 20 Books of Summer ’20 challenge:

  1. Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin)
  2. Fernando Sdrigotti, Jolts (Influx Press)
  3. Annabel Banks, Exercises in Control (Influx Press)
  4. Raphael Honigstein, Klopp: Bring The Noise (Yellow Jersey Press)
  5. Keiichiro Hirano, A Man (Amazon Crossing)
  6. Ana Maria Matute, The Island (Penguin Modern Classics)
  7. Olga Tokarczuk, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  8. Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  9. Francesca Wade, Square Hunting (Faber & Faber)
  10. Daniel Sonabend, We Fight Fascists (Verso)
  11. Mathias Enard, Tell Them Of Battles, Kings and Elephants (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  12. The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen (Dancing Unicorn)
  13. Toby Litt, Patience (Galley Beggar Press)
  14. Alex Pheby, Lucia (Galley Beggar Press)
  15. Toby Litt, Wrestliana (Galley Beggar Press)
  16. Preti Taneja, We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press)
  17. Sylvia Topp, Eileen (Unbound)
  18. Mieko Kawakami, Ms Ice Sandwich (Pushkin Press)
  19. Toby Litt, Mutants (Seagull Books)
  20. Gabor Schein, The Book of Mordechai and Lazarus (Seagull Books)

And two to swap in if need be:

  1. Frederic Gros, A Philosophy of Walking (Verso)
  2. Rob Larson, Bit Tyrants (Haymarket Books)

It should be a good mix of styles and voices, fiction and non-fiction, indies and traditional presses, so hopefully it will keep me content over the summer. I also noted a neat synchronicity in that Lizzy’s Literary Life is hosting Seagull Books Fortnight starting today too, so there are two books on my list from Seagull which should fit perfectly.

Seagull Books Fortnight

Of course, August is also Women in Translation month, and there are a few books here that will work with that challenge as well.

That is me all planned out for the next couple of months, of course I am sure it will all change, but keep checking back to see how I am getting on and, if you are planning on joining in with any of these reading events, please let me know in the comments.

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Cathy746books 1 June 2020 - 5:38 pm

What a great list! You have some excellent reading ahead. Thanks so much for taking part. Good luck!


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