20 Books of Summer | 2017

Hello, lovely readers,

I have recently come back from a bike trip along the river Main, and I am full of the ecstasy of Spring. Summer is well on its way around here, and, in my inner literary calender, that means one thing: it’s time for another 20 Books of Summer!

20 Books of Summer

The challenge is hosted by Cathy over at the 746 Books blog. She has set herself a challenge to read 20 books between June , 1st and September, 3rd this year. Anyone can  join in, and you are free to choose your reading goals to 10 / 15 / 20 books, as fits your summer reading plans. 🙂

Here is my list:

  1. Hot Milk, by Deborah Levy
  2. The Gambler, by Dostoyevsky
  3. Mariana, by Monica Dickens
  4. The Snake Pit, by Mary Jane Ward
  5. Hetty Dorval, by Ethel Wilson
  6. Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin
  7. Ladivine, by Marie NDiaye
  8. Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Connor
  9. The Fire-Dwellers, by Margaret Laurence
  10. The Constant Nymph, by Margaret Kennedy
  11. After Henry, by Joan Didion
  12. See What I Have Done, by Sarah Schmidt
  13. Nine Continents, by Xiaolu Guo
  14. The Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen Phillips
  15. Idaho, by Emily Ruskovich
  16. The Doll’s Alphabet, by Camilla Grudova
  17. The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for June
  18. The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for July
  19. The Virago Modern Classics Book Club choice for August
  20. Free choice! 😉

That’s all for now, folks! What are your reading projects for Summer? Do tell me about them.

Yours truly,


Oreste Albertini. “Ecstasy of Spring”, 1932

16 Comments Add yours

  1. What an interesting list! I would join in if I didn’t get so rebelious when I set myself reading constraints. Good luck!


    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m beginning to feel rebellious, too 😉 But I’ll try to stick to these books 🙂

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  2. bookbii says:

    Great list Juliana. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts, particularly on the Guo and the Didion. I am thinking of reading my way through Didion this year. Hope you enjoy.


    1. Thank you, Belinda! I liked all the Didion books I read so far. Yours sounds like a great project! Have fun 🙂

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  3. heavenali says:

    Good luck, not doing #20booksofsummer this year as I can’t stick to lists. You have a lovely varied list there.


    1. Thank you, Ali! I have also difficulties in sticking to my lists, so it will be a challenge for me. Those are books I’m eager to read 🙂

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  4. Liz Dexter says:

    I’m doing it too and my pile is here https://librofulltime.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/20booksofsummer-2017-the-list/ – no overlaps but I have read two of yours. Have fun with it!


    1. Thank you, Liz! Your list looks great. 🙂

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  5. Nice list! I’m happy to see Flannery O’Connor on it.


    1. Thank you! It’s been a while since I read a book of hers, so I thought it was about time to come back to her fiction 🙂


  6. Great choices as always Juliana. I’m a big fan of Flannery O’Connor so.I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for taking part!


    1. Thank you, Cathy! It is great fun to take part in the challenge 🙂

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  7. Peggy says:

    Love how you left yourself room for choice as the challenge goes on! Great idea.

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  8. Natalie says:

    Looks like a lot of interesting titles there and some I’m considering reading over the summer as well! Especially Fever Dream is one I’ve heard is best read in one go, and with summer giving more free-time it’s certainly one I’m hoping to get to. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews for some of these books! Good luck with the summer reading 🙂


    1. Thank you, Natalie! I’ve finished reading Fever Dream last week – enjoyed it, but am not sure what to make of it. It’s such a strange book! I listened to the audiobook version of it in one go, while I was knitting – the book just grabbed me. I definitely recommend the experience. Happy Summer reading for you, too! 🙂

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