20 Books of Summer!

 It's that time of year again, when we start to plan for 20 Books of Summer!  The rules are as simple as can be; pick your goal number, and try to read them between June 1 - September 1.  Cathy at 746Books is the host.  And here's my list: 20 books plus two alternates since I am a weirdo.

  1.   England Speaks:  Being Talks with All Manner of Folk, of Humble and Exalted Rank, with a Panorama of English Scenes, by Philip Gibbs
  2. Kraken, by China Mieville
  3. Codependent Discipleship: Not a How-To Guide, by Nick Galieti and Jennifer Roach
  4. My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne du Maurier
  5. Tomorrow's Crimes, by Donald Westlake
  6. The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, by Virginia Postrel
  7. Notes from the Burning Age, by Claire North
  8. To the Diamond Mountains: A Hundred-Year Journey through China and Korea, by Tessa Morris-Suzuki   
  9. Arresting God in Kathmandu, by Samrat Upadhyay
  10. The Pushcart War, by Jean Merrill
  11. Pageants of Despair, by Dennis Hamley
  12. The Way to the Sea, by Caroline Crampton
  13. How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed, by Svetlana Drakulic
  14. Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage, by Tim Robinson
  15. The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay
  16. Medieval Lives, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira
  17. Ellen Grae and Lady Ellen Grae, by Vera Cleaver
  18. Timeless Tales From Marwar, by Vijaydan Detha
  19. Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands, by Sonia Nimir
  20. Greek and Roman Folklore, by William Halliday
  21. (alternate) The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling
  22. (alternate) John Dies at the End, by David Wong

I hope you'll join us!



  1. Oh, should I do 20 books of summer? The one time I tried I failed miserably. But maybe it would help me get through some of the TBR... You have a couple of old favorites on your list (The Pushcart War and My Cousin Rachel) as well a goodly number I've never heard of and that sound irresistibly exotic (Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands) or mysteriously intriguing (Codependent Discipleship ?!?) Good luck with the project!

    1. Would you believe I've never read the Pushcart War, even though my all-time favorite picture book is also by Jean Merrill? We've had a copy for years but I've never read it myself. Terrible. And, join me!

    2. I loved The Pushcart War as a kid but I have not read it for years! I assume it holds up today since NYRB chose it as a classic to reprint. I will think about joining this. I might just call it "Some books of summer" because I'm not sure about committing even to 10. But I think that's OK.

    3. It's definitely OK! As befits a summer challenge, it's relaxed and laid back. I like 'Some books of summer'!

      Pushcart War must hold up, because I regularly see people waxing rhapsodic about it.

  2. Thanks! I've enjoyed a few du Mauriers and I hear this is a really good one.


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