The 20 Books of Summer reading challenge has now ended and I’m so happy to say that, for the first time ever, I read all of the books on my planned TBR! Woo Hoo! I’ve always managed to read at least 20 books over the summer but I have never, ever managed to stick to my planned list. I picked 20 physical books this time so it was an even bigger challenge for me so I really am proud of myself for completing it. I didn’t get around to reviewing the books I read but I do intend to review at least some of them soon.
Before I go any further, a huge thank you to Cathy at 746 Books for running this challenge. I really do love taking part each year.
Here are the books I read over the summer (in the order I read them).
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames
The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
The July Girls by Phoebe Locke
Still Lives by Maria Hummell
Take Me In by Sabine Durrant
Inhuman Resources by Pierre LeMaitre
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry
The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews
Histories by Sam Guglani
We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt
A Keeper by Graham Norton
Nevermoor #1: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis
I have to say that I enjoyed every single book that was on my summer TBR, which is really something! I think if I was pushed to pick my favourites I would have to say that my favourite two novels were The Goldfinch and The Trouble With Goats and Sheep, and my two favourite non-fiction books were After the Eclipse and Take Courage. It was bittersweet reading A Question of Trust with it being the final book by Penny Vincenzi but I enjoyed it so much that I now want to make time to re-read some of her other novels.
The page count for my 20 books came to 7597, which is no surprise really considering how long The Goldfinch is and A Question of Trust is pretty huge too!
The fact that this year I made time to read my planned summer TBR as well as the other books that I needed to read (books for review and blog tour books) meant I was successful at completing this TBR. I’ve never done well with TBRs – I’m one of those people that absolutely loves planning what I’m going to read, and then the minute the challenge starts I want to read everything but what’s on my list! This time I planned it better and I feel so satisfied at getting to books that had been on my TBR bookcase for quite a while. I had a couple of books on my list that I’ve put off because they felt like they might be more difficult reads (like The Word for Woman is Wilderness for example) but I found I enjoyed them so much. It reminded me that I perhaps need to make a seasonal TBR to remind me of the books that I want to read but am intimidated by.
This year’s 20 Books of Summer has been absolutely wonderful and I already can’t wait for the next one! How did your summer reading go? Did you take part in the challenge? I hope you read some amazing books. 🙂