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20 Books of Summer 2015!


Cathy at Cathy746 has a yearly challenge to read twenty books over the summer months starting on 1 June 2015 and running until 4 September 2015, and this year I’ve decided to join her. I had already rationed myself from requesting quite so many review copies so the choices I make will be in addition to those that I have obligations to read and review.

As I’m competitive I’m signing up for the full twenty. My personal challenge is to read these twenty books from my bookshelf that I already own with at least half being physical books. Funnily enough I have plenty to choose from…

The only drawback with this challenge is I want to experience choosing a book that fits my mood so I have decided to begin by choosing a spread of genre to list the first ten books for my summer reading.

Summer Reading May 29

The links below will take you to the Goodreads description

The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

The Anatomy of Death – Felicity Young

Letters to the Lost – Iona Grey

The Maul and the Pear Tree – P.D. James & T.A. Critchley

The Disappearance of Emily Marr – Louise Candlish

Every Secret Thing – Emma Cole

Dancing for the Hangman – Martin Edwards

Rutherford Park – Elizabeth Cooke

Under World – Reginald Hill

The Whicharts – Noel Streatfeild

I will be joining Cathy by tweeting my way through the challenge using the hastag #20booksofsummer and I will provide (a yet to be decided logo) to demonstrate when one of my reads is part of this challenge!

There’s still time to join in and Cathy has also provided a 10 Books of Summer image for those of you who feel aiming for 20 is quite frankly ridiculous. Visit Cathy to get the full details here

So what do you think to my choices? Do you have any suggestions on where I should start or perhaps you think some of these need to be put back on the shelf and forgotten about? All comments welcomed!


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

48 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2015!

  1. Good luck! I think it’s a fantastic idea! Although I think I might need to include review books to make up the full 20. I’m quite tempted to join you guys !


  2. Good luck! I too have Dancing for the Hangman, but haven’t read it yet – Martin Edwards books are always good, so you could start with that one. I haven’t read any of the other books on your list, although I’ve read other books by Reginald Hill, P D James and Sarah Waters – so I would start with one of their books, I think.

    I’m thinking of doing this challenge too, but I’m doing the TBR Pile Challenge, which also requires you to identify in advance the books you’re going to read – and so far this year I’ve read just two of them! It seems that by putting books on a list I resist reading them.(:


    1. Thank you so much for your comments and the three authors you picked out are firm favourites of mine too!
      We can be contrary can’t we? I am determined to at least try to read those I’ve selected this time but we’ll see πŸ˜‰


  3. Well, I would never dream of telling anyone to put a book back on the shelf as reading is such a subjective and personal pastime. I know you’ll be able to read all 20. What I am wondering about though is if you’ll be able to stop buying and requesting! Though it is something I have done myself. Especially through my reading dry spell! No need to keep adding more to that huge pile. Looking forward to hearing how you get on x


    1. Haha – I’m not terribly good at listening to advice I don’t want anyway πŸ˜‰ It might not look like it but I’ve resisted lots of books lately so I do have some time in-between review books over the summer months – I have a feeling reading all the other entrants choices may only serve to increase the books I choose to buy though! Thank you and watch this space for my progress….


  4. I haven’t read any of those so I can’t really tell you where to start. Good luck with the challenge though. I may just do 10 books of summer. Would be more realistic for me πŸ˜€


  5. How fun! 20 books for summer. Think I could probably do that – 20 books, I mean. Have not read any of your books listed, but agree with Margaret that Martin Edwards is always good. Good luck and enjoy!


  6. Oh, you have some great reading ahead of you, Cleo! I particularly liked the Edwards, the Young and the Hill. Looking forward to your reviews!


  7. So glad you’re joining in too! And a nice mix of books there – delighted to see Reginald Hill on your list! I’ve cheated by starting my first book last night – Humber Boy B. Looking good so far! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you – I’m hoping I’ll stay on track with this challenge. The Reginald Hill was one you recommended many, many months ago! This is how fast I don’t read the books I choose to buy! Glad to hear Humber Boy B is going well so far although I’m not sure whether I approve of the cheating πŸ˜‰

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  8. Glad you’re playing, Cleo. I am also. It’s hard to resist a Challenge. πŸ™‚
    I’ll be curious to see what you think of The Night Watch. I see Cathy mentioned loving it.


  9. I had never heard of The Wicharts until last week. Samantha Ellis talks about it in How to be a Heroine. According to her, when Streatfeild was commissioned to write a children’s book she rewrote The Wicharts with younger characters and it became Ballet Shoes.


    1. I found this book nearly four years ago and bought it because Noel Streatfeild was one of my favourite children’s authors and then discovered as you said, this was the original version of Ballet Shoes – shocking that it has taken me this long to get around to reading it.


  10. I was at BookExpo in NYC on Thursday and picked up nearly 20 ARCs of forthcoming crime novels, including what seems to be the full Fall lists of Soho and the new Prometheus crime list. There were lots of other crime goodies there.

    Oddest moment:

    I drifted past the Mystery Writers of America stand during the morning and noticed that one of the three books being signed by their respective authors looked pretty intriguing. On the other hand, there was a long queue for the free signed books and, arrogant bastard that I am, I don’t do queues for such things. A while later I found myself there again: the queues had disappeared and the three authors were packing up to make room for the next three. An officious organizer got in the way of my reaching the stand; just as I finally got to it, the author of the book that had caught my attention earlier put her remaining two copies back up on the shelf at the back.

    “Excuse me,” I said, “might I have a look at your book?”

    “No!” snapped the organizer from my elbow. “People aren’t allowed just to look at these books!”

    Stunned, I thought she was joking.

    The author thought she was joking.

    She wasn’t.

    So much for the organization that supposedly promotes crime auhors’ interests!


  11. Look forward to hearing your thoughts on the Sarah Waters – I still haven’t read The Paying Guests despite it being on so many ‘Best Books of 2014’ lists.


  12. I haven’t made my list for summer, yet. Is it summer already? Perhaps you could order your books by page count. Start with the shortest and work your way up? Or longest to shortest? πŸ˜€


  13. I love this challenge and will have to check it out! You have chosen a nice variety. I am a mood reader like that too and find it almost impossible to choose books ahead of time. I have chosen nine books for my summer reading lineup, but have left room to fit some spur of the moment reads in too. Best of luck with meeting your goal.


  14. Ooh Cleopatra, OOH – the Noel Streatfield!!! Like you, I adored her as a child, and had no idea there was an adult ‘Ballet Shoes’ A must have, a must have – this sounds delicious and I must quickly scurry and investigate


  15. Sob, sob, sob………out of print, used copies on Amazon MarketPlace only at outrageous jaw dropping prices, unobtainable at other outlets, no copies in any of the London Libraries………..a summer of charity shop searches looms…..


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