A new challenge – 20 Books of Summer

I have enjoyed a few book challenges over the years and I have just found another one which might keep me busy for the next few months.

The 20 Books of Summer Challenge is hosted by Cathy on her blog 746 Books (see here). The idea is that you pick 20 (or 15 or 10) books from your to-be-read pile to read between the beginning of June and the end of August. Cathy’s site has links to the blogs of all those participating and there are hashtags on various social media platforms so you can keep up with the progress of others.

So, I’ve chosen my list – see below. I’ve decided to select 10 fiction and 10 non-fiction paperback books and tried to include a variety of different genres. None of them is very long and I’ve chosen books which, as far as I can see, are not part of any series. I have no idea in what order I’ll read them – it will depend how I feel.

I’ll review each one when I finish it and use the same picture so that you can see that they are part of the challenge – obviously I shall continue publishing reviews of my usual reading material. I’ll write a summary in September and let you know how I get on with the challenge.

The reading begins on 1 June.

My books are :


  • Apex Hides the Hurt – Colson Whitehead
  • The House I Loved – Tatiana De Rosnay
  • Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
  • The Great Leader – Jim Harrison
  • The Mitford Scandal – Jessica Fellowes
  • Mystery in White – J Jefferson Farjeon
  • The Dancing Floor – John Buchan
  • Union Street – Pat Barker
  • The Vanishing Half – Britt Bennett
  • Every Man for Himself – Beryl Bainbridge


  • A Different Class of Murder – Laura Thompson
  • Selkirk’s Island – Diana Souhami
  • The Riddle and the Knight – Giles Milton
  • The Africa House – Christina Lamb
  • The Daughters of Yalta – Catherine Grace Katz
  • Travels with my Aunt – Graham Greene
  • Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight – Alexandra Fuller
  • True to Both My Selves – Katrin Fitzherbert
  • The Wilder Shores of Love – Lesley Blanch
  • No Boys Play Here – Sally Bayley

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