20 Books of Summer 2016

Almost an alphabet…

Again this summer, Cathy over at 746 Books has set us a challenge to read 20 books between 1st June and 4th September. (Or 15, or 10, if you prefer.) #20booksofsummer will be the hashtag for twitterers.

20 books 2016

Last year, I failed at the last hurdle, achieving only 19 of the books I’d listed, even though I probably read in the region of 30 books during the period. By adding in loads of books I hadn’t been planning on, I also managed to mess up my reviewing schedule so badly that I still haven’t properly recovered! So this year I’m being more sensible by selecting most of the twenty from books I’m already scheduled to read over the summer – lots and lots and LOTS of NetGalley books, most of which are seriously overdue.

So here’s my summer list – almost a full aphabet of books! The blue ones have not yet been reviewed and link through to the book description on Goodreads – they will change to orange and link to the reviews as the summer proceeds.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Citizen Kane by Harlan Lebo

Different Class by Joanne Harris

Enigma by Robert Harris

From the Dust Returned by Ray Bradbury

The Girls by Emma Cline

Hospital Sketches by Louisa May Alcott

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

LaRose by Louise Erdrich

The Magnificent Spilsbury by Jane Robins

Oliver Twisted by Cindy Brown

The Perfect Pass by SC Gwynne

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee

The Seeker by SG MacLean

Three Martini Lunch by Suzanne Rindell

The Visitor by Maeve Brennan

The Widow by Fiona Barton

EXposure by Helen Dunmore (Come on, give me a break! Nobody writes books starting with X!)

Zero K by Don DeLillo

Hope you had a great summer of reading! 😀

6 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2016

  1. I’ve not read one of these books! Always interested in new titles. Lebo and Adichie would be some of my choices too. Thanks so much for you ‘likes’ for #20booksofSummer tweets. I keep reading…but reviewing is going slowly!


    • A lot of these are new releases because I’m trying desperately to clear my NetGalley backlog – which would be a good deal easier if I didn’t keep adding to it! I’m just starting both the Lebo and Adichie at the moment and looking forward to both. My pleasure – I like the 20 Books challenge because everyine reads such different stuff. I’m exactly the same – I haven’t managed to get a single 20 Books review out yet… maybe next week!


  2. I thought I had already commented, but evidently not! So many of these are unfamiliar to me! I’ll have to check them out! Americanah, Jane Steele, and LaRose, are all on my TBR listing, though not my 20 Books of Summer list! I own books by several of these authors and have yet to read anything written by them! Good reminder! Nice list and anxious to read your thoughts!


    • Thanks, and thanks for commenting! I’ve started Americanah but life’s been so disrupted by political upheavals at the moment that I’ve fallen way behind with reading. Hopefully I’ll get into it properly this week and then get to some of the new releases. LaRose is one I’m really looking forward to, and Jane Steele will either be brilliant or dreadful – either way should be fun! 🙂


  3. I still come back to this list….it is wonderful. I’ll try to choose a few in 2017. #20BooksofSummer was a great challenge!


    • Yes, I enjoyed it – though with all the sport and politics over the summer I really struggled this year. Normally 20 books in three months is easy for me. But I like all the interaction when loads of people are all doing the same challenge at the same time. 🙂

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