20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2019

20 Books of Summer 2019

This annual challenge is run by my namesake Cathy at 746 Books.  This year it takes place between 3rd June and 3rd September.  I participated for the first time last year but didn’t manage to organise/discipline my reading enough to complete my list. I’m determined to do better this year.

As Cathy explains, the rules are simple.  Take the Books of Summer image, pick your own 10, 15 or 20 books you’d like to read and link back Cathy’s master post at 746 Books on 3 June 2019 so she knows that you are taking part.  The rules are accommodating as well.  Want to swap a book? Go for it.  Fancy changing your list half way through? No problem.  Deciding to drop your goal from 20 to 15? She’s fine with that.

In putting together my list, I decided to concentrate on four categories:

  • Blog tour commitments I have from June onwards
  • Review copies sent to me by lovely publishers or won in giveaways run by Readers First
  • Books from my TBR pile
  • Unread books received in my monthly Reading In Heels subscription box

You can find my list below with links to the book description on Goodreads. I’ll update the list with links to my reviews when (note, not if) I’ve read them.

  1. The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson Read and reviewed 
  2. The Serpent’s Mark by S.W. Perry Read and reviewed
  3. Birdie & Jude by Phyllis H. Moore Read and reviewed
  4. A Modern Family by Helga Flatland Read and reviewed
  5. Motive X by Stefan Ahnhem Read and reviewed
  6. The Mathematical Bridge by Jim Kelly
  7. Fled by Meg Keneally  Read and reviewed
  8. Improvement by Joan Silber
  9. The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle Read and reviewed
  10. The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
  11. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  12. Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce
  13. In My Life by Alan Johnson Read and reviewed
  14. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  15. Munich by Robert Harris
  16. Ponti by Sharlene Teo
  17. Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  18. House of Beauty by Melba Escobar
  19. The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
  20. Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton







23 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2019

  1. Thanks so much for joining in Cathy – what a great list! You are in for a treat with Blood Orange and I can’t wait to hear what you make of Yhe Narrow Land – I really want to read it.

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  2. Good luck, Cathy! I’ve read just one of these books – Munich by Robert Harris, an absolutely fascinating book!

    I’m joining in as well this year again – I’ve not managed to read all 20 in other years, but maybe this year?

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    1. Meant to add I managed 18 out of 20 last year but that was only with taking advantage of the facility to substitute titles from my original list, which I know is allowed but still feels like cheating a bit 😁


    1. Some of them I need to read anyway for blog tours and I’m hoping I can combine reading with outdoor activities…if you can call sitting in the garden with a book an activity 😁


  3. I have a Kate Atkinson on my list as well, but rather than her most recent mine is her first. I hadn’t joined the Atkinson party when Behind the Scenes at the Museum first came out. I shall be very interested to hear what you make of Transcription. I have to say that I wasn’t entirely convinced.

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  4. What a good idea to combine this with other commitments. I’ve just finished Transcription and was sadly disappointed having loved Atkinson so much in the past


  5. I loved Munich – he’s so great at bringing history to life, isn’t he? And I’d really like to read Transcription sometime – I have three of her Jackson Brodie series on my list. Enjoy your reading! 😀


  6. I’ll bravely admit that the only book on your list I’m familiar with is Transcription, which I thought was very well done. I love Atkinson. I’ll have to familiarize myself with some of the others you have listed…more for the TBR! Good luck with the challenge!

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  7. I’m was going to do a summer reading post the books I want to read this summer and a friend reminded me about this so I’ll join up since I’m already compiling a list 😀

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