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Monday, May 24, 2021

20-Books of Summer Challenge

Today I am plotting my course for the next three months by joining the 20-Books of Summer Challenge. I am making a commitment to not only read 20 books this summer, but reviewing all of them, too.

My "summer" begins with Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31) and ends on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-6). Though I don't know exactly what books I will read for sure here is a list of some possibles:


  1. End of Watch by Stephen King
  2. Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
  3. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (a book club selection)
  4. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (a book club selection)
  5. Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (Printz Challenge)

Book club Selections (I'm in two clubs):

  1. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford (as mentioned above)
  2. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (as mentioned above)
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
  4. The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
  5. TBA
  6. TBA

Books from other Challenges (I don't commit to reading ALL these books but they are examples of books left to read for these challenges.)

  • Pulitzer Challenge
    • TBA, 2021 Pulitzer Prize for literature will be announced June, 11, 2021
    • The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
    • Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
    • The Hours by Michael Cunningham 
    • A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  • Printz Challenge
    • Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri (mentioned above)
    • Every Body Looking by Candace Iloyh
    • We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
  • Big Book Summer Challenge (over 400 pages)
    • End of Watch by Stephen King (mentioned above), 496 pages
    • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (mentioned above) 443 pages
  • Audiobook Challenge (see list above)

From my TBR (possibles)

  1. Four Winds by Kristin Hannah 
  2. The Color of Magic by Terry Tratchett
  3. When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Infinite Country by Patricia Engle

If you are interested in attempting this or a smaller summer challenge, sign up at 746 Books for a 20-book, 15-book, or a 10-Book Summer challenge.  

On your mark. Get Set. Read!



  1. Oh, of course if you read Breathing Lessons in June, it will fit in with my Anne Tyler challenge (or any other time, as I'm not fussy about my challenge!). The Michael Cunningham is also highly recommended. I have set myself a terrible task involving 20 books PLUS my challenge and review books, so might well fail this year! Happy reading!

  2. You've got some really good books on this list. I know I'll end up swapping some out, but it's fun to see what everyone plans on reading.

  3. I'm interested in hearing what John Green's essay collection is like. Hope you enjoy your summer reading.


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