#20BooksofSummer 2018


Not usually one who joins in with memes, challenges and the like I spotted this one devised by Cathy at 746Books and took part last year and in 2016. You can see how I got on here and here.

Cathy is hoping to read 20 books between 1 June and 3 September, meaning she has the mammoth task of reading about 7 books a month. You can read about the challenge on Cathy’s excellent blog here.

I think I’m doomed to failure before I start but I need to make a dent in the TBR and this challenge gives me the push I need. I’ve selected 15 books and I’m allowing myself 5 wildcards so that I can choose my read as my fickle taste dictates. I may swap some of these out if I change my mind or find I can’t read them. I may even swap a lengthy book for a shorter one if I’m running out of time. Some are books I’ve agreed to review or are future releases, others simply because they caught my eye when I was scanning the TBR. The trouble is, when I was scanning the TBR I found loads I wanted to read straight away.

I’ll be reviewing all of the books I manage to read and I’ll be using the 20 books of Summer logo picture on each one. I’ll also link back to my reviews on here so I can keep track of how many I have read.

Here’s what I’ve picked (I’ll add the wildcard reads as I pick them)…

1. The Lido by Libby Page

2. Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman

3. The Fortnight in September by R. C. Sheriff

4. Excellent Intentions by Richard Hull

You can read my review here.

5. The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola

6. The Birds and other stories by Daphne Du Maurier

7. The Messenger of Athens by Anna Zouroudi

8. Too Close to Breathe by Oliva Kiernan

9. Tory Heaven by Marganita Laski

10. Out of Thin Air by Anthony Adeane

11. The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah Harris

12. Shelter by Sarah Franklin

13. Pomfret Towers by Angela Thirkell

14. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan

15. The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen







I also have three novels and one set of short stories that I have part read, so I’ll be trying to finishing those as well.

What do you have planned on your summer TBR list? Do let me know if you are planning on joining in on #20BooksofSummer, even if you aren’t going to blog about it. And let me know which books you choose, simply because I’m nosey!


18 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicely varied list, Janet. I’ll look forward to seeing what turns up as your wildcards.


    1. janetemson says:

      Me too Susan. It all depends on what catches my eye. Or possibly what will be quick to read as we get closer to 3 September…:-)


  2. MarinaSofia says:

    Well done for leaving some wildcard space! I think what all these books have in common are beautiful covers!


    1. janetemson says:

      They do have lovely covers. I’m looking foward to a lot of them. I may end up failing miserably but I’ll give it a shot 🙂

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  3. Brona says:

    Good luck with your list and with your summer!
    I also have a Thirkell on my list – I thought she might be a good choice one cold, wintry weekend.

    A Fortnight in Sept looks delicious.


    1. janetemson says:

      Thank you. The Fortnight in September is one of the ones I’m looking forward to the most. And I think Thirkell sounds perfect for winter. I hope you enjoy all of your choices 🙂

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  4. Reading Bee at the moment!! Great selection Janet. The Lido is gorgeous x


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Mairead. I’ve dipped into The Lido already 🙂


  5. heavenali says:

    Wildcards are a good idea. I’m not joining in this time, but have in the past, and find I am hopeless at sticking to a list once I have made it. The Fortnight in September is wonderful and I finished reading Tory Heaven yesterday. Happy summer reading to you.


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Ali. I’m hopeless at a list so this will probably change, though I’ll keep the Persephone ones on there.


  6. Interesting list! I shall definitely try to read 20 (or more!) books over the summer, but I won’t be planning…. 😉


    1. janetemson says:

      I’ll keep a look out for what you choose to read. I may not read all 20 but I’ll give it a shot. It’s motivation 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Thanks for taking part Janet – wild cards are always a great strategy!


    1. janetemson says:

      Thanks Cathy, I’m not sure I’ll make all 20 but I’ll give it a shot.


  8. Wildcards is a good idea! I’m tempted by your Persephone choices and the Angela Thirkell – I’ll look forward to your reviews!


    1. janetemson says:

      I’m particularly looking forward to those, though I may have to swap the Thirkell for another of hers as I’m also doing A Century of Books and I’ve already ticked off 1938…

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  9. It sounds like you have a fun summer of reading ahead – a good number of titles I’ve heard great things about already. Good luck & happy reading!


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