20 Books of Summer 2019

my-postHaving never lived in Colorado before, it is hard for me to proclaim that summer is finally upon us. It snowed here last week, and the multiple days of rain we’ve been experiencing remind me more of springtime in New England.

What I can proclaim is that Monday is the start of 20 Books of Summer, a reading challenge hosted by Cathy of 746 Books. The idea is to read 20 books from your to-be-read (TBR) stack between Monday, June 3, and the end of summer on Labor Day in the United States, September 2.

Last year, I focused on reading the books that I’d been promising friends and family for months (or, years) that I would read. At the challenge’s end, I read 15 of the 20 books I picked. This year, I selected based solely on if the cover caught my eye as I sorted through my TBR stacks on a cold, rainy Monday last week.


The two exceptions are Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett, which was on my list last year, and You Would Have Missed Me by Birgit Venderbeke, which was published in 2019 and thus hasn’t been on my TBR list for years. I promised I would read books as soon as they come into my house this year, and this is the first book where I haven’t followed through on that promise to myself.

For those who don’t want to squint and guess the titles, the twenty books I hope to read — arranged in alphabetical order by title — are listed below.  For those who want to learn more about the challenge, you can visit Cathy’s blog. And for those who are participating, best of luck with your twenty!


  1. I love all of Dorothy Dunnett’s books, so I hope you enjoy Niccolo Rising. Circe is a great book too and there are a lot of others on your list that I would like to read. Good luck!


  2. I’m just finishing a second read of Circe in order to lead a discussion on it tomorrow. It is even better the second time around! And, you selection of The Sandcastle Girls reminds me that I meant to read more Bohjalian after really appreciating this one (it is too harrowing at time to actually enjoy) and I have never done so. I shall have to put him on the list for next year’s challenge.


    • Bohjalian is one of those authors whose novels I nearly always enjoy, and yet his name always escapes me when I’m looking for something to read that I’m sure I’ll enjoy.

      I’ve heard great things about Circe. Really hoping it lives up to the hype for me.


    • Thanks, Jules. Circe was one of the first books that came to mind when Cathy announced she’d be hosting the challenge again this year. The collecting dust really shows on a book with a black cover. 🙂

      Good luck with your list!

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