Cathy, over at 746 Books, is hosting 20 Books of Summer again this year, or however many books you think you might be able to knock off your To Read pile. The challenge runs from 1 June to 1 September.
I’m going for ten books again this year. I managed my total last year, with only three substitutions. I’ve even managed to finish the three I didn’t get to on my original list over the past 12 months plus one of my potential substitutions. So this year’s list is entirely new.
I’m sorely in need of a holiday, having been unable to get away since our last break in Cornwall back in November 2019. Whenever we go away, we always visit a bookshop or six, and I often buy books written by writers from the place we’re visiting. For this summer’s reading challenge, then, I’ll be reading ten books I’ve bought on holiday. Some of them set in holiday destinations, some of them not.
Here’s my list:
- Frankenstein Unbound / Brian Aldiss – bought in Falmouth
- Lorna Doone / R D Blackmore – bought in Penrith
- Knucklebone / Nechama Brodie – bought in Wigtown
- Jamaica Inn / Daphne du Maurier – bought in Falmouth
- The Trick is to Keep Breathing / Janice Galloway – bought in Wigtown
- The Woman in Black / Susan Hill – bought in Penrith
- Vanity Fair / William Makepeace Thackeray – bought in Penrith
- Cornish Short Stories / Emma Timpany – bought in Falmouth
- Hadji Murat / Leo Tolstoy – bought in Sedbergh
- Precious Bane / Mary Webb – bought in Wigtown
Will you take part this year? How many books will you choose? I’m going to need to up my reading rate, having only read 13 books in the first four months of this year.