20 Books of Summer 2021

So it’s that time of year again.  Devised by Cathy at 746Books the aim is to read 20 books between 1 June and 1 September. I  have taken part for the last four years. I think I’ve only made it once!

You can read about the challenge on Cathy’s excellent blog here.

I think I’m doomed to failure before I start but I need to make a dent in the TBR and this challenge gives me the push I need.  This year I’ve done things a bit differently. I’ve selected a pile of books I want to read and I’m going to read 20 from them. Well that’s the aim.  I may swap some of these out if I change my mind or find I can’t read them. I may even swap a lengthy book for a shorter one if I’m running out of time. Some are books I’ve agreed to review or are future releases, others simply because they caught my eye when I was scanning the TBR. I’m very much a mood reader though so I may also swop any of the ones I have listed as I find I have to read according to my mood, or the desire to read tends to disappear.

I’ll be reviewing all of the books I manage to read and I’ll be using the 20 books of Summer logo picture on each one. I’ll also link back to my reviews on here so I can keep track of how many I have read.

So here’s what I’ve selected.

  1. Invisible Agents by Nadine Ackerman
  2. The Therapist by Helene Flood.
  3. The Holdout by Graham Moore.
  4. Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop by Ali McNamara.
  5. Green Sun by Kent Anderson.
  6. The Favour by Laura Vaughan.
  7. Silence is a Sense by Layla AlAmmar.
  8. The Plague Letters by V.L. Valentine.
  9. The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach.
  10. The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block.
  11. Between Two Evils by Eva Dolan.
  12. Widow Land by C.J. Carey.
  13. One Ordinary Day at a Time by Sarah J Harris.
  14. How to Live. What to Do by Josh Cohen.
  15. The Stranding by Kate Sawyer.
  16. The Gospel of the Eels by Patrik Svensson.
  17. girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke.
  18. The Wonderous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Conde.
  19. Death and Croissants by Ian Moore.
  20. The Good Neighbours by Nina Allan.
  21. A Road to Extinction by Jonathan Lawley.
  22. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd.
  23. Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson.
  24. Good Evening, Mrs Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes.
  25. Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton.
  26. Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny.
  27. The Mis-Education of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor.
  28. Three Women and a Boat by Anne Youngson.
  29. Late Summer in the Vineyard by Jo Thomas.
  30. Hermit by
  31. Domestic Bliss and Other Disasters by Jane Ions.
  32. People of Abandoned Character by Clare Whitfield.
  33. The Lock In by Phoebe Luckhurst.
  34. Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin.
  35. The Other Bennet Sisterby Janice Hadlow.
  36. Death Goes on Skis by Nancy Spain.
  37. The Others by Raul Garrigasait.
  38. The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer.
  39. The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel.
  40. The Rosary Garden by Nicola White.
  41. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers.
  42. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed.
  43. Arabella by Georgette Heyer.
  44. The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding.
  45. Greenery Street by Denis Mackail.
  46. The Corpse in the Waxworks by John Dickson Carr.
  47. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie.
  48. Crooked House by Agatha Christie.
  49. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons.
  50. The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie.

So 50 to narrow down to 20. It’s a good job I stopped browsing the shelves when I did. I wonder how many of these I will read? I wonder how many other books instead of one of these I will read instead? We shall find out…

Have you read any of the books I’ve selected? Will you be taking part in #20BooksofSummer2021? Do let me know.

35 Comments Add yours

  1. I think that’s definitely the best way to go, and if I was attempting this I would have to give myself a pool to pick from! I have read Death goes on Skis, Fifty Sounds, the Sayers, the Christies, The Blank Wall and the John Dickson Carr – and I would recommend them all! 😀

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    1. janetemson says:

      The trouble will be deciding which to read. I keep looking at the pile and there are at least 10 I want to read immediately. And I can’t start until the 1st!

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  2. I’m glad you cheat as well, my ’20’ is from the around ‘100’ non-review books in my bedside bookcase.

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    1. janetemson says:

      I may cheat a bit more and add some others as book post arrives!

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  3. What a fab stack of books! I think we need to get you a new 50 Books of Summer challenge 🙂

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    1. janetemson says:

      Ha! I’ll probably end up reading 10, and 5 of them will be books not on the original pile!

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  4. Ha! Nice to see you’re about as decisive as I am. May I put a plea in for Early Morning Riser? It’s an absolute joy!

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    1. janetemson says:

      It is one of the ones I want to dive into first. I’m trying to resist temptation and start it earlier!

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  5. Good look with both challenges, I’d be stumped at having to pick 20! Can I recommend The Miseducation of Evie Epworth to make the shortlist, I loved it!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Good to know, thanks. I’ll steer it to the top of the pile 🙂

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      1. It’s also set in God’s Own County 😉

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  6. MarinaSofia says:

    Yes, that is the only way to handle this challenge: give yourself a wider pool of choices. Now that I hear about your 50, though, I’m wondering if my 30 are too few…

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    1. janetemson says:

      There’s still time to add a few more. I’ve added two since I posted this…

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  7. Jo says:

    I like this approach! I’m terrible for swapping my chosen books out 🙂

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    1. janetemson says:

      I usually do wildcards but I couldn’t even narrow it down to ten to pick from so I turned it all on it’s head and left a very long list! Which will no doubt change as the summer goes on…

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  8. Sounds a good approach Janet! I thought Good Evening, Mrs Craven was excellent, I hope you enjoy it if it makes the final 20.

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    1. janetemson says:

      It’s one of the ones I want to read first. Or along side another. That’s the great thing about short stories, they can fit in around other reads.

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  9. I never have before but I’m tempted this year!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I always find it fun, and a bit of a push to read a few more. It doesn’t reduce the TBR by much but it does make a small dent 🙂

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  10. BookerTalk says:

    I’ve gone for the ‘pool of candidates’ approach too though managed to restrain myself to 30 books. I’ve learned the hard way that if I write a list of 20 books I immediately lose interest in the list

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    1. janetemson says:

      I’m the same. If I feel like I have to read a book it soon starts to feel like homework. Good luck choosing from your 30.

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  11. Kate W says:

    Good idea to pick a bunch and narrow it down depending on what you feel like. Think I’ll do the same next year.

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    1. janetemson says:

      If it works this year I may stick with it. We shall see. No doubt the pile will get higher before it gets lower.

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      1. Kate W says:

        I think the rule of TBR stacks is that they get higher. Full stop. 😂

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  12. JacquiWine says:

    This sounds like the ideal way to approach Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge as it gives you plenty of scope to flex your reading. Lovely to see a few Agatha Christie mysteries in your longlist of 50, always a good bet!

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    1. janetemson says:

      They are a lovely bit of escapism. I’m trying to read the ones where I can’t recall what happens. Hopefully these fit the bill.

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  13. FictionFan says:

    You could always show us all up by reading and reviewing all fifty! 😉 I’ve read and loved the Christies and the Heyers. Cold Comfort Farm is a lot of fun – I think you’ll enjoy it. And I loved The Corpse in the Waxworks – these Bencolin books have become firm favourites for me. Looking forward to seeing what ones make the cut – have fun!

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    1. janetemson says:

      I’ll surprise myself if I manage 10 of these let alone 50! 🙂

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  14. Ellie Warren says:

    Good luck narrowing them down. I made a list of 30 to choose from as 20 was just too difficult and I kept finding things I really wanted to read soonish.

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    1. janetemson says:

      I had to stop there otherwise I’d have found loads more I wanted to read! Good luck choosing from your selection.

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  15. Fifty to choose twenty? Sounds perfect to me. Good luck!

    I’m hoping to read twenty of my 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.

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    1. janetemson says:

      Sounds like a great way to do the challenge. Good luck 🙂

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  16. I haven’t read any of these, but The Darker Arts caught my eye. Good luck with your summer reading!

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    1. janetemson says:

      It does sound good. My reading has slowed to nothing so I’m not holding out much hope of reading all 20!

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