I’ve done it. I actually stuck to my list. Reading twenty books within the time period was less of a challenge for me – but sticking to my own prescribed list – that is hard. I did make it slightly easier for myself by drawing up a list of thirty books – pledging to read twenty books from it.
Pictured are the thirty books on the original piles.
I only strayed twice – reading two books not on the list – which is all perfectly legal. Number twelve I had to start twice because my first choice was awful – a rare DNF – but I got there in the end, and here is my completed list.
1 Princes in the Land by Joanna Cannan
2 Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf
3 Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh
4 A Quiet Life by Beryl Bainbridge
5 Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
6 A Weekend with Claude by Beryl Bainbridge
7 Troy Chimneys – Margaret Kennedy
8 A Dedicated Man & other stories – by Elizabeth Taylor
9 Ghostbird by Carol Lovekin
10 Flush by Virginia Woolf
11 Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker
12 Zofloya by Charolotte Dacre (DNF) abandoned for The Hog’s Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts
13 Different Class by Joanne Harris
14 So Long, See you tomorrow – William Maxwell
15 Virginia Woolf – Nigel Nicolson
16 Love by Elizabeth von Arnim
17 Challenge by Vita Sackville West
18 The Green Road by Anne Enright
19 The World my Wilderness by Rose Macaulay
20 Desperate Characters by Paula Fox
I have to say I have read some pretty marvellous books, several on the list above will be serious contenders when it comes to putting together my books of the year list at the end of the year.
Despite having wriggle room with an extra ten books and plenty of time – I did find myself constantly tempted to read other books – so I am pleased that now I can just read whatever I want. Thanks to Cathy at 746 for hosting this again – maybe we’ll do it all again next summer.