20 Books of Summer: Wrapup

It's the last day of August, and I'm supposed to have read 20 books for Cathy's annual event.   Let's see how it went, shall we?

I accidentally put 22 books on the pile, and figured that would give me some room to dislike a couple of titles.  And indeed, although I'd been looking forward to both Limonov and Inherent Vice, once I started them, I didn't like them.  So that leaves 20 titles, and I managed to read 18 of them.  I think that's pretty good!  I read 12 other books too, so that leaves me with 30 for the summer.

  1. Limonov, by Emmanuel Carrere
  2. Half a Crown, by Jo Walton
  3. Bai Ganyo, Konstantinov
  4. Rashomon, by Ry√ľnosuke Akutagawa
  5. Marie Grubbe, by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  6. Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon
  7. At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women
  8. The Dybbuk and Other Writings, by Ansky
  9. The Book of Memory, by Petina Gappah
  10. Bad News, by Anjan Sundaram
  11. Train to Pakistan, by Khushwant Singh
  12. To Destroy You Is No Loss / Bamboo and Butterflies, by Joan Criddle
  13. The Foundation Pit, by Platonov
  14. Alamut, by Vladimir Bartol
  15. The Blue Sky, by Tshinag
  16. A Golden Age, by Tahmima Anam
  17. Untouchable, by Mulk Raj Anand
  18. The Towers of Trebizond, by Rose Macaulay
  19. The Go-between, by L. P. Hartley
  20. The Story of My Teeth, by Luiselli
  21. Lyrics Alley, by Leila Aboulela
  22. This Earth of Mankind, by Toer

One thing I figured out about this list is that is was too fiction-heavy.  I wish I'd put more non-fiction in, and now I'm going to indulge in one or two non-fiction titles before getting into more of the world literature stuff I've been reading.  I need more balance!  I especially wish I'd put Voices From Chernobyl on, because it could have been a WIT August title too.  But that is no matter, really.  I'll just start it now.


  1. Recommendations from the list?

  2. Oh gosh, you're right! I should have said what I liked best!

    Bad News was really good, and I think an important book. I enjoyed most of the fiction, especially Rashomon, Blue Sky, Untouchable, and This Earth of Mankind. The Go-Between was pretty much a stinker, and I didn't really love Marie Grubbe.

  3. Well done! :) I had to change mine in July, knocked 5 off and replaced them - that's the only reason I managed to complete my list this year! Next year, hopefully, I can do it without cheating :)


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