As many of you will already know Cathy has launched a brilliant summer reading challenge. The challenge; is simply to read 20 books between 1st June and the 4th September. I hope I can read 20 books between now and then (especially as I started a week late), it should be easy enough but I am very conscious that I am reading much slower than I usually do – so I felt I needed a little pick me up challenge. Those of you on Twitter, can follow the hashtag #20booksofSummer and similar to the #TBR20 earlier in the year will be able to see everyone’s pretty piles of books and updates on reading progress. I joined in #TBR20 too, but the trouble with building up a lovely big pile of books and photographing it, is that immediately I stop wanting to read the books on it. So following advice from other participants I am creating my 20 books of summer pile in sections. I wasn’t sure whether to choose five or ten books for my first pile, so, just to be different I chose eight. On the day I decided to take up this challenge earlier this week, I was already part way through what became my first book; the appropriately named Summer will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner. The first eight of my twenty are (in order they appear in the picture):
1 The silver Spoon – John Galsworthy ( I have ditched my fat paperback copies for a kindle version) – currently reading
2 Watership Down – Richard Adams (book group choice)
3 Heat Lightning by Helen Hull
4 Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim
5 Road Ends by Mary Lawson
6 Mr Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell
7 Circles of Deceit by Nina Bawden
8 Summer will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
My idea is that after I have finished those eight books – I shall pick another pile – and so on. The only book on the above pile I am unsure about is Watership Down. Picked by one of my book groups as our June read I shall need to read it in the next two weeks – and although I know I enjoyed it goodness only knows how many years ago – I’m not at all sure how I feel about talking rabbits now. It will be interesting to see how it stands the test of time I suppose. Elizabeth and her German Garden, I have been meaning to read it for ages and this copy was kindly sent to me by Kaggsy – and so having put into my summer pile, I took it to my second (as yet very small) book group and it was picked for our July read. The others were picked because they are all simply books I really want to read soon – and that I feel is good enough reason – although there are dozens more that fit that category. I love this challenge already as there are so many people joining in and I love seeing what everyone else is reading.
Are you joining #20booksforsummer? Or do reading challenges make you hide behind the sofa?