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Cathy at 746 Books runs the 20 Books of Summer Challenge each year, and last year I participated for the first time. This morning I saw that she has created her list already, so I was itching to create my own.Β  My original list in 2017 I’m sure went to pieces with other books that caught my eye over those summer months, but I remember doing fairly well in keeping to it — somewhat. πŸ˜‰ I thought it would be fun to do it again this summer because a lot of the fun is in the list making process!

20 Books of Summer runs from June 1 to September 3, with the challenge to read 20 books in that time period. That works out to 7 books a month. I scurried to make this list this morning and have chosen those that are already on my shelves, most are all older books that I really should read, instead of leaving them languishing on the shelves. Then I saw the preliminary plans for Jennifer’s @Booktrovert 20 Books of Summer, and she has listed a few new ones coming out over this summer and oh my those will create distractions won’t they? Not to mention I also have 10 books waiting on hold for me at the library – a majority of those are new summer releases too. Oops.

Anyway, here is my list for 20 as created this morning! I added a bonus book because I really should spend some of my summer reading John Steinbeck’s classic, East of EdenΒ (I even specifically ordered this edition from the Penguin Shop!). I chose those books that would feel best to read during the summer months – they either take place specifically in the summer, mention summer or just have that good summer book kind of feeling.

I’m sure some of these will end up being replaced with others just as it happened last summer, but I do want to give this selection a good solid and strong effort this year! I really should knock many of these off my TBR.

First 10 as pictured on the Left

The Book of Lost and Found by Lucy Foley

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton

The Zoo by Christopher Wilson

The Dry by Jane Harper

A Reckoning by Linda Spalding

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Second 10 as pictured on the Right

The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton

300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson

The Heaviness of Things that Float by Jennifer Manuel

A Country Road A Tree by Jo Baker

A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay

Stony River by Tricia Dower

The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut (was on last year’s list, but was replaced or never read)

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner

Of the 20, two are new releases – The Zoo by Christopher Wilson and Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou. Six are CanLit (including Sister of Mine) – The Other Side of the Bridge, A Student of Weather, Stony River, A Reckoning, The Heaviness of Things that Float. 16 are by women.

What do you think of my choices for the 20 Books of Summer? Which books would you choose for your summer reading list?