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20 Books of Summer

By Curlygeek04 @curlygeek04

I’m so happy it’s finally summer! This year, I’ve been avoiding TBR lists and trying to take some of the pressure off of what and how I read.  But I’ll make an exception for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge, hosted by Cathy at, because it’s a pretty laid back challenge and summer feels like a good time to set some reading goals.

My list is a combination of book club reads, ARCs, library holds, and physical books that are sitting on my shelf.  A few, like Queenie and Weather, are on the list because they are on the Women’s Prize longlist.  A few are new releases from favorite authors (Paulette Jiles, Elizabeth Acevedo, David Mitchell) and a few are science fiction novels I’ve been wanting to read (The City in the Middle of the Night, The City We Became).  And a few will count towards challenges, like Read Harder, Reading Nonfiction, Mount TBR, and Reading Around the World.

I’m cheating a teeny bit because there are a few books I recently started, that I know I won’t finish before June 1. For now, I’m counting them. 

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  1. The Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
  2. Vox by Christina Dalcher
  3. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  4. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  5. Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
  6. Craigslist Confessional by Helena Dea Bala
  7. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  8. Weather by Jenny Offill
  9. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  10. Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles
  11. The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez
  12. Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
  13. The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
  14. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris
  15. The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
  16. The City We Became by NK Jemisin
  17. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
  18. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  19. The Only Plane in the Sky by Garret M. Graff (currently listening)
  20. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (currently listening)

I’m averaging about 10 reads a month, so reading 20 over 3 months won’t be difficult – it’s sticking to the list that’s the challenge.  But this is meant to be a NO STRESS challenge, so I’m not going to worry if I don’t read this exact list.  I never do.

Will you be participating in 20 Books of Summer?  If so, please share a link to your 20 (or 15 or 10) books list.  And if not, what are your summer reading plans? 

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