20 Books of Summer

20-books of summer 2017This page gathers together the books I’ve set aside for the #20BooksOfSummer 2017 challenge (originally posted by Cathy over at the 746 Books blog) – I will list the books I’ve nominated here and link to their reviews as I read them. Below the 2017 books you can find my 2016 and 2015 lists with links to their reviews and round-up posts.

20 Books of Summer 2017

(Read summaries of the original books here)

Dorothy Whipple – Every Good Deed and other Stories – Book 1 read and reviewed

Mitch Prinstein – Popular – Book 2 read and reviewed on the blog and for Shiny New Books

Jane Gardam – Old Filth – Book 3 Did Not Start, replaced by Helen Mitsios – Out of the Blue – read and reviewed

Barbara Taylor – Eve and the New Jerusalem – Book 4 read and reviewed

Natasha Solomons – The Gallery of Vanished Husbands – Book 5 read and reviewed

Eric Newby – Something Wholesale – Book 6 read and reviewed

Nick Baker – ReWild – Book 7 read and reviewed on the blog and for Shiny New Books

Francis Brett Young – The Black Diamond – Book 8 read and reviewed

Stuart Maconie – Long Road from Jarrow – Book 9 read and reviewed on the blog and for Shiny New Books

John-Paul Flintoff – Sew Your Own – Book 10 read and reviewed

Miriam Toews – A Boy of Good Breeding – Book 11 read and reviewed

Farahad Zama – Mrs Ali’s Road to Happiness – Book 12 read and reviewed

Adam Nicolson – When God Spoke English – Book 13 read and reviewed

Susie Dent – How to Talk Like a Local – Book 14 read and reviewed

Mollie Panter-Downes One Fine Day – Book 15 read and reviewed

Scott Jurek – Eat and Run – Book 16 read and reviewed

Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God – Book 17 read and reviewed

Amber Reeves – A Lady and Her Husband – Book 18 read and reviewed

R.C. Sheriff – Greengates – Book 19 read and reviewed

Gladys Huntingdon – Madame Solario – Book 20 read and reviewed

20 Books of Summer 2016

(Read my round-up post here)

Charlie Hill – Books – read and reviewed as Book 1 in the project

Michael Rosen – Alphabetical – read and reviewed as Book 2 in the project

Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee – Swim, Bike, Run – read and reviewed as Book 3 in the project

Joanna Biggs – All Day Long – read and reviewed as Book 4 in the project

Arnaldur Indriðason – The Draining Lake  – read and reviewed as Book 5 in the project

Cathy Kelly – The Honey Queen – read and reviewed as Book 6 in the project

Ranulph Fiennes – Cold – read and reviewed as Book 7 in the project

Julia Strachey – Cheerful Weather for the Wedding – read and reviewed as Book 8 in the project

Nilanjan Choudhury – The Case of the Secretive Sister – read and reviewed as Book 9 in the project

George Eliot – The Mill on the Floss – read and reviewed as Book 10 in the project

Salman Rushdie – Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights swapped for Robertson Davies – A Mixture of Frailties – read and reviewed as Book 11 in the project

Ann Bridge – A Lighthearted Quest – read and reviewed as Book 12 in the project

Andrew Flintoff – Being Freddie – read and reviewed as Book 13 in the project

David Kynaston – Modernity Britain – read and reviewed as Book 14 in the project

Auður Ava Olafsdottir – Butterflies in November – read and reviewed as Book 15 in the project

Edith Wharton – The Reef – read and reviewed as Book 16 in the project

Jane Smiley – The Greenlandersswapped for Angela Thirkell – August Folly – read and reviewed as Book 17 in the project

Edith Wharton – Hudson River Bracketed – read and reviewed as Book 18

A.S. Byatt – Ragnarok – read and reviewed as Book 19

Sogur ur Biblikunniswapped for Af Hjervu Gjosa Fjoll?  then swapped for Blómin á þakinu – got on with nicely as Book 20 – the plan all along

2015 books – 17/20 2 DNF 1 DNS

(read my round-up post note: I started in the middle of June last time!)

“Patricia Brent, Spinster” by Herbert Jenkins – read and reviewed as Book 1 in the project

“Oxford Guide to Plain English” by Martin Cutts – read and reviewed as Book 2 in the project

“No Word from Winifred” by Amanda Cross – read and reviewed as Book 3 in the project

“Clayhanger” by Arnold Bennett – read and reviewed as Book 4 in the project

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – swapped for “Summer Wedding Belles” by Debbie Macomber which was reviewed as Book 5 in the project

“Years of Hope” by Tony Benn  – read and reviewed as Book 6 in the project

“The World’s Wife” by Carol Ann Duffy – read and reviewed as Book 7 in the project

“Our Hearts were Young and Gay” by Cornelia Otis Skinner – read and reviewed as Book 8 in the project

“Unbridled Spirits” by Stevie Davies – read and reviewed as Book 9 in the project

“Tales from Earthsea” by Ursula Le Guin – read and reviewed as Book 10 in the project

“Jenny Wren” by E.H. Young – read and reviewed as Book 11 in the project

“The Curate’s Wife” by E.H. Young – read and reviewed as Book 12 in the project

“Brook Evans” by Susan Glaspell – read and reviewed as Book 13 in the project

“Minnie’s Room” by Molly Panter-Downes – read and reviewed as Book 14 in the project

“Greenbanks” by Dorothy Whipple – read and reviewed as Book 15 in the project

“Doctor Thorne” by Anthony Trollope – read and reviewed as Book 16 in the project

“Through Siberia by Accident” by Dervla Murphy – read and reviewed as book 17 in the project

“British or American English?”  – Did Not Finish

“The Act of Reading” by Iser – Did Not Finish (read enough for my research project and no more)

“Sogur ur Biblikunni” – not read

56 Comments (+add yours?)

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  26. hopewellslibraryoflife
    Aug 11, 2016 @ 20:12:25

    Interesting list. I just got Julia Strachey – Cheerful Weather for the Wedding last night. Beautiful Persephone Classic edition

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    • Liz Dexter
      Aug 12, 2016 @ 16:32:39

      I love the Persephone editions but unfortunately (or not) had this in a different edition. I don’t like to double up. I hope you enjoy it, it’s a very interesting little book and several people have commented on how it changes with a re-read.

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      • hopewellslibraryoflife
        Aug 12, 2016 @ 16:34:33

        Good to know on the re-reading. I do that with favorites.

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        • Liz Dexter
          Aug 12, 2016 @ 16:39:37

          I used to have two Months Of Re-Reading a year which I really enjoyed, but then my TBR shelf got a bit hefty …

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          • hopewellslibraryoflife
            Aug 12, 2016 @ 17:23:09

            I have annuals. I’m not a sticker for schedules of any sort though. To me rereads are like visiting with old friends. I re-read or re-watch when I’m lonely.

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