Hooray – it’s time to do the 20 Books of Summer challenge again. This is run by Cathy from 746 Books, and I really enjoyed doing this last year (see my round-up post) even though I started late and didn’t get going until mid-June. I liked finding other readers and bloggers out there through the hashtag and the updates on Cathy’s page, and seeing how people I knew were doing.
I got a bit over-excited when I heard it was happening again, and put together this pile. Note that it’s all real books this time, no Kindle books. I expect to read some other books around these, and Kindle books will be there, but I wanted the feeling of working through a lovely pile.
Also, the lovely pile is actually a virtual pile as I couldn’t have my TBR this messy! I’ve taken the front shelf of my TBR, a couple of things off The Pile and then selected volumes I definitely want to have read by 4 September. There’s a mix of Viragoes, social history, sports biography, classics, lighter novels and Iceland stuff (given that I’m going there again later in the year) which I think represents my reading tastes quite well.
So, what have we got?
Michael Rosen – Alphabetical – a wander through the alphabet, history and bits of knowledge.
Charlie Hill – Books – a satire on the book industry. He’s a friend of several of my friends, too.
Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee – Swim, Bike, Run – about being a triathlete. Which I will never be, as the only one of those I can do is run. But should be inspirational in some way.
Joanna Biggs – All Day Long – a day in the life of people who do lots of different kinds of jobs
David Kynaston – Modernity Britain – can’t wait to read this one, the next instalment in his wonderful social history of Britain
Cathy Kelly – The Honey Queen – because we all need a light novel, esp amongst all that social history
Ranulph Fiennes – Cold – his adventures in cold places. I love Polar exploration and mountaineering books, and have since I was very young; this should be inspiring for my endurance training, too!
Julia Strachey – Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – one of two given to me last autumn by book blogger Jane at Beyond Eden Rocks and much looked forward to.
Ann Bridge – A Lighthearted Quest – ditto the above and I loved her Illyrian Spring
Edith Wharton – The Reef – this will be in August for All Virago/All August.
George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss – because it’s time for some more GE and another I haven’t read yet.
Nilanjan Choudhury – The Case of the Secretive Sister – light relief and a BookCrossing book to leave somewhere.
Andrew Flintoff – Being Freddie – because I like a sports autobiography and I like cricket.
Salman Rushdie – Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights – because Mr Liz wants to read this along with me, him on audio book.
Arnaldur Indriðason – The Draining Lake – because I haven’t read a Reykjavik Murder Mystery for aaaaaages.
Edith Wharton – Hudson River Bracketed – hm, another Wharton. But Karen from Kaggsysbookishramblings has this TBR, too …
Jane Smiley – The Greenlanders – one of her few I haven’t read, and takes the format of an Icelandic saga – what’s not to like?!
A.S. Byatt – Ragnarok – if I get here, I’ll be up to Christmas 2015 books!
Auður Ava Olafsdottir – Butterflies in November – an Icelandic book that’s not nordic noir!
Sogur ur Biblikunni – the book of Bible stories in Icelandic I didn’t manage to read last time …
I’ll be marking these book with the tag and linking back to this page, which will keep a note of everything together (you can see my 2015 books on there, too) Exciting! Who else is in?
Do you think I’m biting off more than I can chew? I do have a few trips that I can take these on, and I’m trying to read more and make more time for reading – PLUS I have a whole two weeks on last year, and I only DNFd two books last year because I wasn’t enjoying them, not because I ran out of time! Have you read any of these or do you want to warn me against any?