The dog days of summer are here! Being a teacher, I try to pack as many outings, errands, projects, activities with my kids, appointments, and travels as I can into my summer break. Traveling is definitely not happening for me this summer, nor that many outings, but a silver lining is that a bit more of my time is now freed up to read. Can’t go wrong with that!
Late last summer, while perusing through various blogs about books and reading, I had read about a fun-sounding challenge called “20 Books of Summer,” where you’re encouraged to read twenty books from your to-be-read list. It was too late to start it last summer, so I’m embarking on the challenge this summer.
The challenge suggests 20 books, but allows for ten or fifteen. I’m starting off with a realistic goal (for my busy life) of ten books to be read between June 1st and September 1st. Today is June 6, so I’ve already lost a handful of days!
The guidelines sound fairly flexible (and lenient), which is a good thing because I think I’m supposed to write a book review for each book that gets read, but I really don’t know if I’ll have time for that part. It looks as though anyone who participates is also allowed to alter their list if needed. That might come in handy! You can read all about the official challenge at 746Books, which is also where I got the graphic found above.
Here’s my list of books that I hope to finish reading (and maybe reviewing) by September 1st:
- Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
- I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
- The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
- This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell
- All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps by David Isay
- I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
- Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Nicolas Barreau
- The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle
- Where I’m Calling From: Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
Have you read any of these books? What will you be reading this summer? If you’re doing the challenge (or a similar one), please let me know about it in the comments. We can encourage each other. Use the hashtag #20BooksofSummer20 to find more bloggers doing the challenge.
Wish me luck! With the way 2020 has been going, I might need it. Check back for updates and possible reviews.
As always, thanks for stopping by. ❤