20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Final Update #20BooksOfSummer20

20 Books of Summer 2019

This annual challenge is run by my namesake Cathy at 746 Books.  This year it takes place between 1st June and 1st September 2020.  I’ve participated for the past two years but never quite managed to organise/discipline my reading enough to complete my list. Last year I managed seven of my twenty.  I’m determined to do better this year.

As (the other) 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 1st June 2020 so she knows you’re 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
  • Books on my NetGalley To Read shelf publishing in the next couple of months
  • Books from my TBR pile
  • Books included in personal reading projects, i.e. Buchan of the Month and The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2020 shortlist

You can find my list below with links to my reviews.

  1. The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
  2. Patrol by Fred Majdalany
  3. Warriors for the Working Day by Peter Elstob
  4. One Day in Summer by Shari Low
  5. The Coloursby Juliet Bates
  6. The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn
  7. A Quiet Death in Italy by Tom Benjamin
  8. The Storm by Amanda Jennings
  9. Paris Savages by Katherine Johnson
  10. The Night of the Floodby Zoe Somerville
  11. The Gap in the Curtain by John Buchan
  12. A Prince of the Captivity by John Buchan
  13. The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey
  14. Fortress of Fury by Matthew Harffy
  15. The Girl from Vichy by Andie Newton
  16. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  17. Munich by Robert Harris
  18. The Bitch by Pilar Quintana
  19. The Bird in the Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor
  20. The Museum Makers by Rachel Morris



26 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020: Final Update #20BooksOfSummer20

  1. Good luck with this. I read the Victoria Hislop book last year and loved it and I’ve had Munich on my TBR since it was published. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to join in this year, but I probably won’t be able to resist!

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      1. I hope you do and that you enjoy it. I am putting it on my possible to read this summer list as it did not make by 20 books list. I always read more, so that is one I might try to get to.

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  2. Um… with the Rachel Joyce… have some tissues nearby when you get near the end of the novel. Just saying. Oh, and The Liar sounds interesting – translated from the Hebrew and it was a hit here in Israel.

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  3. A smart move to include your commitments in this list. I made the mistake last year of doing a list without any of my review commitments included so needless to say I never made the 20…..


    1. I haven’t even read the first book, The Horseman, yet although it’s in my TBR pile. I had intended to read that and The Wanderers before going on to the final book but best laid plans and all that… 😁

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