…aka Failure Guaranteed…
Since I’m already so far behind in all my challenges for 2021, it makes absolutely no sense to take part in Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge, so obviously I’m going to do it – sense is so over-rated, don’t you think? I usually have some kind of theme for this, and this year it’s to read twenty books I’ve received for review, either at my own request or unsolicited from some of the lovely publishers out there. I currently have 40 review copies outstanding, which is the highest it’s ever been, but loads of them are crime – contemporary, vintage, historical and thrillers – and a sprinkling of science fiction. Quick reads, in other words – so I’m going for a high octane, murderous summer!
So here’s what my initial list looks like, though there’s a good chance other review books will arrive over the summer and I may swap them in if the fancy takes me!
- Spaceworlds edited by Mike Ashley
- Two-Way Murder by ECR Lorac
- Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
- The Killing Kind by Jane Casey
- The Pact by Sharon Bolton
- Mother Loves Me by Abby Davies
- Scorpion by Christian Cantrell
- False Witness by Karin Slaughter
- The Drowned City by KJ Maitland
- Due to a Death by Mary Kelly
- Worst Idea Ever by Jane Fallon
- The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman
- Yesterday’s Tomorrows by Mike Ashley
- Letters from the Dead by Steve Robinson
- The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
- The Goodbye Man by Jeffery Deaver
- The Final Twist by Jeffery Deaver
- Risk of Harm by Lucie Whitehouse
- The Twisted Wire by Richard Falkirk
- Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Well, I think they look pretty appealing! It’s a fairly even split between authors I’ve enjoyed before and authors who will be new to me, so I may even find some new favourites. I’m currently tired of massive novels and factual books, so an immersion in lighter reading sounds like a perfect way to spend the summer even if I’m almost guaranteed to fail!
Do any of them appeal to you? Are you joining in the challenge?
(PS Apologies for disappearing again – life keeps getting in the way of blogging at the moment. I’ve given myself a serious talking-to and should catch up with comments, etc., over the weekend and be back in the swing next week!)