20 Books of Summer | 2020

Hello, folks!

In the midst of Spring, we think of 20 Books of Summer! This is a reading event hosted by Cathy over at the 746 Books blog, and by now you know the gist: anyone can join in, and you are free make a list of 10 / 15 / 20 books to read & review during the warmest months of the year (in 2020, the event starts on June, 1st and finishes on September, 1st).


For this Summer of the Plague, I decided to go for the more modest goal of 10 books. Here is my list:

  1. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, by Katherine Anne Porter
  2. Subtly Worded, by Teffi, tr. Anne Marie Jackson and Robert Chandler
  3. Die My Love, by Ariana Harwicz, tr. Sarah Moses and Carolina Orloff
  4. Tentacle, by Rita Indiana, tr. Achy Obejas
  5. People in the Room, by Norah Lange, tr. Charlotte Whittle
  6. Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
  7. La Bâtarde, by Violette Leduc, tr. Derek Coltman
  8. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
  9. The Outward Room, by Millen Brand
  10. Marriage, by Susan Ferrier

What are your reading projects for Summer? Do tell me about them.

Yours truly,


Ludovic Alleaume, ‘À la campagne’, ca. 1910

19 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer | 2020

  1. Good question….I think I’ll make my own list.

    Of your books, I’ve read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It was very pleasant, though at times emotionally taxing, given the poor decisions of some of the characters. But it definitely demonstrates how bad life choices can harm others.

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  2. I’m going to do 20 Books but I won’t put my Pile together until the end of the month: I need to see what I’ve read this month first! I do have a loose Plan, though. Enjoy your books!


  3. It is great to see A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on this list – this is a book which I have wanted to read for ages, it feels like- and my expectations are very high (maybe that is why I am not starting it (yet)). This summer I want to read more Latin American authors, but I am not sure how far I will progress in that (if at all).

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I think you will enjoy A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – I’ve read it years ago and loved it. I needed some comfort reading for this strange Summer, so I decided to include it on my list. And I am always looking for new-to-me Latin American authors (particularly women). Have you made a list for the Summer? 🙂


  4. Good list. Pale Horse, Pale Rider, was my nemesis in high school. I loathed it then–I suspect I simply wasn’t mature enough. I should read it now–I remember nothing about it, so it wouldn’t be a re-read. I just remember being crushed at getting it assigned. I wanted Fitzgerald! lol I loved A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Enjoy all of your reading this summer.


  5. I’ve got Pale Horse, Pale Rider on order, but it seems that the publisher has been overwhelmed with requests! It could be out summer again by the time I get to read it 😀


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