Summer Book Reading Challenge – How did I do?


I did alright, as it happens. I managed ten books, seven of them from my original list.

As ever, a few books sneaked onto the list in place of others. And I read an additional three books for Women in Translation Month.

I knocked books off my teetering To Read piles, then bought more books to replace the. I’m back up to 140 unread books again.

One of last summer’s books failed to make it again this year. I’m going to read it soon, though, along with the other two from this year’s list that got dropped. I also didn’t manage to read The Deptford Trilogy for Robertson Davies’ birthday this weekend just gone. I’ll save that one for next year.

Here’s what I read.

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, Audre Lorde (Review here)

Common People: An Anthology of Working Class Writers, edited by Kit de Waal (Review here)

Attrib: And Other Stories, Eley Williams (Review here)

Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse (Review here)

The Grasmere Journal 1800-1803 (Folio Society edition), Dorothy Wordsworth (Review here)

Barn 8, Deb Olin Unferth (Review here)

British Forests: The Forestry Commission 1919-2019, edited by Ian Gambles (Review here)

Imperial Reckoning: Britain’s Gulag in Kenya, Caroline Elkins (Review here)

Boy Parts, Eliza Clark (Review here)

Unbowed: One Woman’s Story, Wangari Maathai (Review here)

Did you take part in the challenge? How did you do? Follow Cathy’s blog at 746Books to be sure of finding out about next summer’s challenge, and also because Cathy’s on an excellent reading journey!


9 thoughts on “Summer Book Reading Challenge – How did I do?

    1. I’m astonished that I’ve done as well as I have. I’m finding that on work days I do very little reading, but at weekends I’m my usual reading machine self. I put it down to the loss of reading time on my work commute and not sitting at a table at lunchtime. I’m not good at balancing food and a book while sitting on a couch, it turns out!

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      1. I read enough for both the challenges; I just can’t get the reviews out. But I really enjoyed what I read and I’m considering a round-up post. Even if I didn’t meet the full criteria to say that I completed the books of summer challenge, I got a lot from it 😊

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