I’ve decided, at the last minute, that I’m going to take part in the 20 books of summer challenge again set up by Cathy at 746 Books. Last year I did read 20 books over the summer but most of them weren’t books on my planned TBR and, due to life getting in the way, I don’t think I reviewed any of them.
This year I’ve chosen twenty physical books off my TBR that I definitely want to read soon. I do read a lot of ebooks and some audio books but it’s the physical books that are taking over my house so I’m going to try and only count physical books for this challenge!
So, without further ado here are my 20 books of summer…
The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
This is a non-fiction book that feels like it’s going to be a heavy read; it’s also quite a long book but I do really want to get to this soon as I’ve seen really good reviews of it.
How To Be Human by Ruby Wax
I was sent this for review and it’s a book that was already on my radar as a book I must read so I definitely want to get to this. It sounds like a fascinating look at what makes us human!
Not That Kind of Love by Clare Wise and Greg Wise
I won an advance copy of this book last year and I really wanted to read it… but somehow it’s still on my TBR! It jumped out at me when I was sorting through my books recently so I’m hoping to get to it in the coming weeks.
Our House by Louise Candlish
I also won a signed copy of this a little while ago and as I’m a huge fan of Louise Candlish I want to read it very, very soon! It sounds like a really fast-paced, thrilling read so I’m looking forward to it.
Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell
This book has been on my TBR for ages and I’ve been really keen to read it but somehow haven’t picked it up yet. I’m hoping this summer will be the time!
The Second Sister by Claire Kendall
I treated myself to this last year and it’s another book that I wanted to read asap… I’m sure I’ll get to it this summer though now I’ve put it on my TBR.
Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
My husband bought me this book as an Easter gift and I so badly want to read it so I’m going to make time for it in the coming weeks.
Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall
This is a review book that I was sent recently and I can’t wait to read it. It feels like it could be a book to read in summer so I’m adding it to this TBR.
Tell Me Lies by Rebecca Muddiman
I realise that I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but this is another book that I’ve had on my TBR for ages. I don’t know why I keep doing this when it’s books that I really want to read.
The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave
This is a recent acquisition but it’s one that I want to get to while I’m still excited to read it so that it doesn’t end up languishing on the TBR mountain!
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
My husband bought me this book to cheer me up after an appointment and it feels like it’ll be perfect to read over the summer. I do love Zadie Smith’s writing to this should be a treat.
Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke
I read a review of this book a few weeks ago and immediately ordered a copy of the book. This is definitely a book to read in the warm, summer months and I can’t wait!
The Lido by Libby Page
I was sent a copy of this book for review and it simply has to be in my summer TBR as I’m keen to read it as soon as I can. It sounds like a gorgeous read and one that I will love.
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
I was sent a surprise copy of this from the publisher and I kept it because it has a stunning cover and it sounds like a real me read. I’m hoping I get to this one soon as I’ve heard good things about it.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
I love Rachel Joyce’s writing so much (especially Harold Fry) so I don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet (I think it’s possibly that need to always have a book left to read by a favourite author!). I’m sure I’m going to love this book!
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
I received a copy of this in the post recently and it was a lovely surprise. I adored Ruth Hogan’s previous novel and so am really looking forward to reading this book.
You, Me and Everything by Jill Mansell
This is yet another novel that has been on my bookcase for ages. I’ve kept putting this one off because I think it might be a book that makes me cry but now it’s calling to me so it’s going on my summer TBR.
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I’ve had this book a while and I’ve not stopped being keen to read it and yet I haven’t got to it yet. I will make time to sit down with this over the summer.
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
I found this book on my bookcase during my recent sort out and I can’t think where it came from. I don’t remember buying it but when I read the blurb it sounded like a prescient book and one I felt I must read soon.
An Account of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It by Jessie Greengrass
This is a short story collection that I’ve had for a while now and it really jumped out at me when I was sorting my bookcases so I’m determined to get to it this summer.
So that’s my 20 books! I’m really excited to get to all of them so I have high hopes for actually completing this challenge this year! I feel like I’ve picked a good selection with a mix of crime & thriller, non-fiction, young adult, general fiction and a short story collection so hopefully I’ll get to read them all over the next few months!
Have you read any of these books? Are there any that you recommend I get to soon? What are you planning on reading over the coming months? Here’s to a summer filled with good books!
39 thoughts on “My TBR for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge!”
Great selection of books! Good luck. 👍
Thank you so much, I’m really looking forward to starting on this summer reading tomorrow. 🙂
A great selection, I’ve read a few including Tell Me Lies and Our House. Good luck Hayley
Thank you. I’m really keen to get to Our House so that might be one of the first books I get to from my selection.
Thank you 🙂
Great selection. I loved The Hate You Give, I hope you will too. All the best!
Thank you 🙂 I feel sure that I’ll love The Hate U Give too and I can’t wait to get to it.
Fab selection. The Hate U Give was one of my favourite books last year hope you enjoy it too. I still can’t decide which books to put on my list, but I better get a move on as it’s June tomorrow!
Thank you! I’m really looking forward to The Hate U Give – I actually planned to read it last summer and didn’t get to it so I’m going to make sure I read it this time. I hope you manage to finalise your list – I ended up picking books on a whim as I was sorting through my bookcase! I’ll look forward to seeing which books you choose 🙂
I haven’t read any of these, but they sound tempting! Happy Summer reading 🙂
Thank you, I’m looking forward to (hopefully) reading them all. Hope you read some great books this summer too 🙂
Good luck – I wish I could commit to this, but I regularly fail at challenges!
Thank you. I think I’ve failed at just about every reading challenge I’ve attempted – I seem to throw myself into the planning and then fail in the execution. I enjoy trying though so I’ll see how it goes this time. 🙂
Ive been wanting to read The Hate U Give for quite some time now but I already have so many books on my TBR list now! Hope you manage to tackle all of these haha Good Luck!
I think I had The Hate U Give on my list to read last summer too so I really want to make sure I read it this time around. It sounds like such a good book. Thank you 🙂
A great selection of books, I’m so excited to see what you think of The Hate U Give, it’s a brilliant read!
Thank you. I’m hoping to read The Hate U Give very soon, it’s been on my TBR for way too long now. I’m glad to know it’s such a great book. 🙂
I like your selection of books, Hayley. It’s varied and intriguing. I’ll b e looking forward to your thoughts.
Thank you, I’m really looking forward to reading my way through this stack of books. It’ll be good to focus on my physical books and to finally get to some books that I’ve owned for a long time.
There are quite a few books on your list that I was desperate to have and are still waiting to be read. Hope you enjoy them. The Lido is phenomenal.
Same here… so many of these books I bought when they first came out and then they’ve got pushed to the back of my bookcase. I’m hoping the reading challenge will keep me focused on these books and not let me get too distracted by shiny new books. I’m so excited to read The Lido, I feel sure that I’m going to adore it.
Good luck Hayley. They sound like good choices. I’ve only read The Lido and it was very special
I’m not sure if I should join in again or not
Thank you. I’m hoping I can stick to my TBR this time as I really want to read all of these books. I can’t wait to read The Lido, I just know I’m going to love it.
Did you decide about joining in with the 20 Books of Summer? I only decided at the last minute and it seemed fun to put together the TBR and to see how it goes.
The Lido made my list too! I really loved THUG and have been meaning to read Swing Time for ages. Hope you have a fun and successful 20 Books of Summer!
Thank you so much! 🙂 I can’t wait to read The Lido, I have such a good feeling about it. I’ll go read your list now.
What a great mix a books! The Hate U Give is my favorite. Good luck on the challenge 😊
Thank you so much! I’ve heard so many good things about The Hate U Give so I’m going to make sure that I definitely read it this summer. 🙂
I love that you have all the books already. The Hate U Give is so, so good. Enjoy your summer reading!
I nearly didn’t sign up to the challenge this year but then I realised it would be a good push for me to read some of the books I already own and haven’t read. It’s good to have the books lined up on my shelf waiting to be read in the coming months. 🙂
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Lovely to have you back! You’ve seen my pile by now but I love the colours of yours, very clever! I have read and LOVED The Hate U Give and The Lido, so I’ll be particularly looking forward to your reviews of those two.
Thank you! I’ve just started reading The Lido today and I think it’s going to be a book that I adore. I’ll definitely review it when I’ve finished reading it.
I haven’t read any of them but I do like some of the covers xxx
Thank you. 🙂 x
A nice mix of books you’ve compiled there – good luck & happy reading!
Thank you, I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books. 🙂
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