20 Books Of Summer 2022 Reading Challenge #20booksofsummer22

20-books-of-summerThis annual challenge is run by my namesake Cathy at 746 Books.  This year it takes place between 1st June and 1st September 2022.  I’ve participated for the past few years but only managed to complete it once, last year in fact.

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 add your link to Cathy’s master post 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 too.

I’m aiming for the full 20 once again. This year I’m targeting the paperback books that have been in my TBR pile the longest according to Goodreads. Most are books I bought myself; a few (whisper) are review copies. All have been there an embarrassingly long time. Why just paperbacks? Well, because they’re double-stacked at the moment and it looks untidy! If I enjoy them and think I might want to read them again, they’ll go back on the bookshelf.  If not, they’ll go on the pile for the charity bookshop.

You can find my list below.  Links from the titles will take you to the book description on Goodreads. I’ll update them with links to my reviews when – note, not if – I’ve read them.


The Cleaner of Chartres by Salley Vickers (waiting since June 2013)
The Boy Who Saw by Simon Toyne (waiting since October 2016)
The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (waiting since March 2017)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (waiting since March 2017)
If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio (waiting since April 2017)
Island of Secrets by Patricia Wilson (waiting since April 2017)
The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland  (waiting since May 2017)
The House of Birds by Morgan McCarthy (waiting since July 2017)
The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas (waiting since August 2017)
Rivals of the Republic by Annelise Freisenbruch (waiting since August 2017)
The Girl from Simon’s Bay by Barbara Mutch (waiting since September 2017)
My Mother’s Shadow by Nikola Scott (waiting since October 2017)
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (waiting since October 2017)
Treason by James Jackson (waiting since November 2017)
The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner (waiting since March 2018)
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark (waiting since March 2018)
The Painter of Souls by Philip Kazan (waiting since April 2018)
Appetite by Philip Kazan (waiting since April 2018)
Ponti by Sharlene Teo (waiting since April 2018)
Where Roses Never Die by Gunnar Staalesen (waiting since May 2018)

Wish me luck! If you’re taking part too, enjoy your summer of reading.

20 Books of Summer 2022

My #NetGalleyNovember Reading List – An Update @NetGalleyNov

NetGalley NovemberNetGalley November is hosted by Em at emandherbooks  and Lisa at totandtales. It’s a month long readathon where you focus on reading books on your NetGalley shelf. Whether you start with a shelf of books in single figures (but, let’s face it, who has?) or one with hundreds of books, the aim is to end up with a better NetGalley ratio then when you started, and of course enjoy talking about the books you read with others. And, at the end of November, when you’ve cleared some books from your NetGalley shelf, do you know what you can do? That’s right – request some new ones!

Here’s an update on how I’m doing so far… I was especially pleased to finally get around to reading my oldest outstanding approval.

For more information check out the dedicated Twitter page @NetGalleyNov.


NetGalleyNovember StartMy proposed reading list was inspired by the Bingo prompts. Links from the titles will take you to the book description on Goodreads or, where indicated, to my review.

A book published this year: Lily by Rose Tremain (Vintage) Read and reviewed
Your oldest approval: Eureka by Anthony Quinn (Vintage) Read and reviewed
Book beginning with ‘N’: Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller (Hodder & Stoughton) Read and reviewed
Your latest approval: The Red Monarch by Bella Ellis (Hodder & Stoughton) Read and reviewed
Book with a green cover: The Room of the Dead by M.R.C. Kasasian (Head of Zeus)
A book yet to be released: Violets by Alex Hyde (Granta) Read – review to follow
A book beginning ‘The’: The Girl from Bletchley Park by Kathleen McGurl (HQ Stories) Read and reviewed
A debut author: The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal (Picador) Currently reading
Most excited for: Two Storm Wood by Philip Gray (Vintage)