#20booksofsummer wrap up

20booksof summerYes I know it’s no longer summer but better late than never I suppose. So here is the outcome of the first reading challenge I have ever completed (drum roll and applause please….)

I knew I would never get through 20 books so took advantage of the flexible choices offered by Cathy at 746books.com and went for 10 books. When I made the list I was trying to be clever by doubling up on titles that could also count for three other projects: Women in Translation month, AllVirago/AllAugust challenge (hop over to heavenali’s blog to find out more about this) and my own Booker prize project.

I’m a bit behind on the reviews but am slowly catching up. So here’s what I accomplished – there were some hits, some also rans and some down right failures..

  1. This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell – Excellent Read –review posted here 
  2. NW by Zadie Smith Read it – Dazzling in some ways but not sure I saw the point of it review posted here
  3. High Rising by Angela Thirkell Read – Read but not a great choice for me review posted here 
  4. A Favourite of the Gods by Sybille Bedford Thoroughly enjoyed this – review posted here Counted this for AllAugust/All Virago
  5. Last Orders by Graham Swift. Read and enjoyed in parts review posted here  I double counted this for my Booker project
  6. The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis. Read and enjoyed the humour – review not yet written. I double counted this for my Booker project
  7. Life & Times of Michael K  by J M Coetzee. Read but review not yet written because I haven’t made up my mind what I think of it.  I double counted this for my Booker project
  8. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimimanda Adichie Read – enjoyed the style, left me wanting more Review posted here 
  9. Fear and Trembling by Amelie Northomb Read – Enjoyable take on Japanese culture review posted here  Double counted this for Women in Translation Month
  10. Tree of Life by Maryse Conde: Read it but it was a bit of a slog. Review posted here Also counted towards Women in Translation month

I had a few back up titles on my list originally so I could change my mind if needed. The back ups were:

The Female Detective by Andrew Forrester. A dud – did not finish review posted here 

Frost in May by Antonia White never got around to reading this but it was a re-read anyway

An Elergy for Easterly by Petina Gappah Started to read it but ran out of time 

Overall  I enjoyed the experience. Because I chose the entry level I never felt overwhelmed by what I still had to read. So I’ll be back again next year assuming Cathy decides to continue the venture that is.


What do you need to know about me? 1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England. 2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications 3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy. 4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation

8 thoughts on “#20booksofsummer wrap up

  • September 26, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Well done for reading 10 books – I managed to read 8 of my 10 books 🙂

  • September 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Well done; I took part in the challenge and read my 20 books on my list (with some swipping-swapping when I didn’t like things I’d chosen) and some doubling up (All Virago / All August), but I actually read 37 books in that time, so 17 that weren’t on the list, however finishing the list on the last day of the challenge. I find that quite amusing!

    • September 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

      that would count as about 6 months worth of reading for me

      • September 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

        It was way more than I read that time the year before, so I’m not sure what happened, apart from a couple of trips with long journeys involved!

  • September 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Congratulations on meeting your target – and good for you for doubling up the titles. That is the only way to “do” challenges.

  • September 24, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Congratulations! Much better to choose a more flexible target. And I’m clinging to the idea that it’s still late summer.

    • September 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

      It felt like summer yesterday when i took a walk along the beach and found people sunbathing. Not bad for September. Today it looks like a thunderstorm is heading our way


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