So many things to love about the coming of summer, long bright days (we hope), seaside holidays, ice-cream, reasonably priced strawberries, sitting in the park with a good book. To that (very incomplete list) we can now add 20 books of summer brought to us by Cathy of 746 books – which we all enjoyed last year, and I am glad to say is back.
Last year I very nearly failed this challenge, I spent ages putting together a lovely, tempting pile of books – confident, as I can easily read 20 books in three months, so I thought I had plenty of wriggle room. I hadn’t realised what a fickle reader I can be. Once I had started on my list I found myself constantly wanting to read other things. Still I think I just about completed it – by the skin of my teeth.
Of course I am a sucker for a reading challenge especially when there is a hashtag involved. So I am joining in again – having learnt from last year, so with Cathy’s permission I have chosen thirty books – from which I will attempt to read twenty books between 1st June and 5th September. The challenge for me isn’t so much in the number of books, but in sticking to the list.
1. Fingers in the sparkle jar by Chris Packham
2. The Green Road by Anne Enright
3. Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre
4. Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
5. Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin
6. A Dedicated Man (short stories) by Elizabeth Taylor
7. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf
8. The Great Fortune – by Olivia Manning
9. Flush – by Virginia Woolf
10. The Shutter of Snow – by Emily Holmes Coleman
11 The World my wilderness – by Rose Macaulay
12 So Long see you tomorrow – by William Maxwell
13 Stay up with me – (short stories) by Tom Barbash
14 The way of all Flesh – by Samuel Butler
15 The Godwits Fly – by Robin Hyde
16 Virginia Woolf by Nigel Nicolson
17 Salem Chapel – Mrs Oliphant
18 The Hog’s Back mystery – by Freeman Wills Crofts
19 Miss Hargreaves – by Frank Baker
20 Troy Chimneys – by Margaret Kennedy
21 Different Class – by Joanne Harris
22 Reader I married him (short stories) ed by Tracy Chevalier
23 Love – by Elizabeth von Arnim
24 Telling the bees – by Peggy Hesketh
25 A Quiet Life – by Beryl Bainbridge
26 A Weekend with Claude – by Beryl Bainbridge
27 Who was changed and who was dead – by Barbara Comyns
28 Princes in the land – by Joanna Cannan
29 Challenge by Vita Sackville West
30 The Land of spices – Kate O’ Brien
Phew – well after typing out all those I better succeed now.
I have tried to pick a real variety of things, old books, new books, classics, short stories and biography. I have had to consider reading challenges, like #Woolfalong, Beryl Bainbridge week and All Virago All August – I hope I have them all covered.
Happy summer reading to you all – would love to know which of those books I definitely shouldn’t be missing out.