20 Books of Summer 2021 – a roundup

So 20 Books of Summer 2021 has come to a close. As a brief recap, the idea, the brainchild of Cathy at 756Books,Β is to read 20 books between June and September. Now lots of people choose their 20 books and work their way through them. Because I have a rather fickle nature when it comes to books I have in the past chosen some and then allowed myself wildcards to pick books as the mood took me. This year I couldn’t even narrow down books to chose from so instead I went in the opposite direction and chose a pile of 50 to read from. (You can read my all about my selection here).

So how did I do? Well I read some books. One from the initial pile of 50. Others not so much (though some are by authors featured in the original selection, just different titles. And I’d read one of the original selection before the start of June…)

Here’s what I read:

  1. A Lover’s Discourse by Xiaolu Guo.
  2. Heading Over the Hill by Judy Leigh.
  3. Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters.
  4. The Lost Storyteller by Amanda Block.
  5. The Girl Who Reads on the Metro by Christine Feret-Fleury.
  6. Annie Stanley, All At Sea by Sue Teddern.
  7. Guilty Creatures edited by Martin Edwards.
  8. The Appeal by Janice Hallett
  9. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton.
  10. The Nonesuch by Georgette Heyer.
  11. The Last Library by Freya Sampson.
  12. A Single Rose by Muriel Barbery.
  13. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.
  14. Skincare by Caroline Hirons.
  15. Murder by the Book edited by Martin Edwards.
  16. Dreaming of Rose by Sarah Lefanu.
  17. Miss Marple’s Final Cases by Agatha Christie.
  18. The Song of Youth by Montserrat Roig.
  19. Sprig Muslin by Georgette Heyer.
  20. The Fair Botanists by Sara Sheridan.

So I managed it, despite deviating wildly from what I had intended to read. It still all counts though. I’d like to say it’s made a dent in the TBR pile but more than 20 books have arrived to take their places in the time it’s taken to read them. Such as it ever was.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Congratulations Janet!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks! It was a close thing. 11.50 on 31 August I finally finished the last one πŸ™‚

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  2. BookerTalk says:

    I feel SO much better now having seen that you put 50 titles in your list and only read one of them! I thought I was pushing the boundaries by having 30 in my list. Even then I had to deviate from the list …

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    1. janetemson says:

      I’m all for deviation! I know I’ll fail at sticking to a list. And well done on reading 20 πŸ™‚

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  3. Well, you read 20 books so brilliant! Well done!!! I could never stick to a list and so I read 32 books over the summer as my whim took me, but I really admire anyone who can stick to a list – even if it’s more than the challenge number. Congratulations!

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    1. janetemson says:

      32 is amazing! Next year I don’t think I’ll even bother pretending to have a list. I’ll just have 20 blank spaces and fill them in as I read πŸ™‚

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  4. Brava! I also got to 20 even though I thought I’d only get to 10!

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    1. janetemson says:

      Brilliant! Fabulous that you did all 20. I hope you enjoyed them all πŸ™‚

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  5. Jo says:

    Well done, Janet! I don’t think anyone sticks to their original list for this challenge, and I love that this is completely acceptable by the rules! Happy reading! x

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    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks! It’s a good job I don’t have to stick to a list otherwise I would fail each year πŸ™‚

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  6. Well done Janet! Thanks so much for taking part x

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    1. janetemson says:

      Always my favourite challenge of the year, thanks again for hosting πŸ™‚

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