Today it’s time to put together my TBR for the 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. I love taking part in this easy-going summer reading challenge as I use it as a chance to push me to read the books that seem to be languishing unread on my book shelves. I’ve had mixed results in previous years – I usually manage to read 20 books but they’re often not the books I chose, or in the format that I wanted to read.
Last year I decided to challenge myself to read 20 physical books and I did achieve it (only just in the nick of time though)! Even though this year I’m only just coming out of an awful reading slump I’ve decided to attempt the same again as I really need to focus on reading some of my physical TBR. Ultimately I just want to read more of the hardback and paperback books on my shelves so if I end up deviating from this list I don’t mind as long as I read as many physical books as I can!
So, here are my picks for the 2020 Books of Summer!
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
I was delighted to be sent an ARC of this book as I’m a huge Maggie O’Farrell fan. The only reason I’ve not already read it is because of the horrible reading slump I’ve been in. Thankfully I’m coming out of that now and this book is the one I most want to get to!
The Confession by Jessie Burton
I got this book for Christmas last year and have been saving it to read as it’s a novel that I want to pick up and get completely engrossed in. The summer months feels like the right time for that so I’m putting it on my TBR!
You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell
I’ve had this book on my TBR for five years and I don’t know why it keeps getting left on the shelf as I really enjoy Jill Mansell’s writing. I definitely want to get to it this year so it’s on the TBR!
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan
I was delighted to be sent a copy of this book before it was published as I adore Ruth Hogan’s writing. I feel like this is another book that will be perfect to read on a summer day in the garden so here’s hoping for some lovely sunny days.
Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa
This is another book that I’ve had on my TBR for a long time, and I don’t know why as when I picked it up this week to read the blurb I immediately wanted to read it. It’s a short novel so I should definitely get to this one.
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
I was so excited to read this short story collection when it was first published and so was thrilled to get a copy of it for Christmas that year and yet somehow have still not read it. I think it’s good to have short stories on a TBR, something you can dip in and out of, so I’m picking this collection and I’m really looking forward to picking it up.
The Old You by Louise Voss
I was sent a signed copy of this book by the lovely Meggy and I’ve been so keen to read it but somehow haven’t picked it up yet. I’m a big fan of Louise Voss so still very much want to read this one and will be making a priority to read it this summer.
While I Was Sleeping by Dani Atkins
I got sent a copy of this book from the publisher a long while ago and I just haven’t managed to read it yet. I’ve loved all the other books that I’ve read by this author so am looking forward to getting to this one.
Spring by Ali Smith
I loved the first two books in this seasonal quartet and was delighted when my husband bought me a copy of spring when it came out in hardback. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet but I know I want to get to it before Summer is published so I must make sure to get it in the coming weeks.
The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
I received a surprise copy of this book from the publisher a few weeks ago and have been looking forward to picking it up so it seemed right at add it to my summer reading plans.
The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page
This is another book that I was lucky to receive for review and I’m so looking forward to it. I loved The Lido by this author so I really am keen to get to this one very soon. It feels like it’ll be a lovely summer read.
Yuki Means Happiness by Alison Jean Lester
I’ve had this book on my bookcase for around three years now and during a recent cull I read the first chapter of this one to see if I still wanted to read it and it was so good that I kept it. I’m looking forward to reading more soon.
Born Lippy by Jo Brand
A lovely blogger friend sent this book to me a little while ago and I’ve been meaning to get to it so I’m putting it on my TBR for summer as it’s good to have some non-fiction on the list. I think I’m going to enjoy this one!
Where We Belong by Anstey Harris
I was sent a copy of this from a lovely publicist at the end of last year and after reading a fab review on Linda’s Book Bag recently I was reminded of just how much I want to read this novel.
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
I got this book for Christmas last year and have deliberately kept it to read in the summer as it sounds like such a wonderful, nostalgic novel. I can’t wait to get to this one and it may be one of the first books of this list that I get to!
After Dark by Dominic Nolan
I read and enjoyed the first novel in this series and have been eagerly anticipating the follow up ever since. I was thrilled to receive a proof copy and am definitely going to get to this one in the next few weeks.
Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
My husband got me this book for my birthday this year and it’s a book I’ve heard such good things about so I’m keen to read it. I’ve seen Megan on Louis Theroux’s documentaries so I’m interested to learn more about her and her life.
The High Moments by Sara-Ella Ozbek
I was sent this book near Christmas last year by a lovely publicist and have been intrigued by it ever since. I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner but I’ll definitely try and get to it over the next three months.
Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
My husband bought me this book for my birthday after we’d been gripped by the Chernobyl TV drama series and I wanted to know more about what happened. I’m still keen to read this so hope to get it over the summer.
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman
Given my concentration levels come and go at the moment I think it may be a bit odd that I’m adding this doorstop of a book. I’m not sure I’ll be able to read this one at the moment but I so badly want to read it so I’m adding it to my TBR in the hope I can feel more able to read it later on in the summer.
So here are all the books I hope to read this summer!
Are you taking part in the 20 Books of Summer? What have you got on your list? Have you read any of the books on my list and recommend them? Feel free to share a link to your Books of Summer post below. 🙂
40 thoughts on “My 20 Books of Summer 2020 TBR!”
Great selection. I’ve read a few on there, got others on my TBR. Hope you enjoy them all 🙂
Such a fabulous lineup, Hayley! You’ve got a variety of different genres, fiction and non-fiction, the whole thing. I hope you’ll enjoy all of these, and I’m looking forward to your reviews and mini-reviews as you get to them. I should do the 20 books challenge, too *Looks at tottering pile of TBR books.*
Some great books here Hayley – looking forward to seeing what you’ve thought of them all. Making me eye my own TBR somewhat anxiously…
Great list, I’ve read a few of f them and loved them. Good luck xx
Thanks so much for taking part again Hayley, that’s a great list – really well balanced!
Good luck Hayley and happy reading! xx
Will be doing my list on Thursday.
That’s a great list you have there, Hayley – enjoy reading, I look forward to seeing your thoughts on them. J x
Great list Hayley. I should have added Hamnet to my list. I will put it aside if I get time.
This challenge looks so fun! I looove Maggie O’Farrell’s I Am, I Am, I Am, I need to read more of her books, and even try her fiction novels. Best of luck!!!
I Am I Am I Am is such a brilliant book. I’m a huge fan of Maggie O’Farrell and can recommend all of her previous novels, she’s an incredible writer.
What a lovely pile! You’ll enjoy The 24 Hour Cafe, I’m sure, and hooray for Born Lippy! Enjoy your pile and well done for facing Ducks!
Thank you. I’ve just finished reading Born Lippy today and I really enjoyed it. It was exactly the book I needed to read so I’m glad I picked it up now. Thanks again for sending it to me. 🙂 I’m very intimidated by Ducks but at the same time I’m really keen to read it. Hopefully I can get to it this summer.
I will be participating as well 🙂 very excited! And seeing your stuck of books makes me even more excited about this challenge, lol
Good luck and happy reading!
Great picks! A lot of these are on my TBR as well… I hope you will enjoy them! xx
I’m really excited to read Hamnet. I didn’t put it on my list because I didn’t know if I’d get it in time. I love David Nicholls so I’ll have to check out the book you mentioned. My husband read the Chernobyl book while we were watching the movie and he thought it was great. He was able to explain a lot of what happened in the movie. Enjoy your summer reading!
It’s good to know your husband thought the Chernobyl book was great, I’m really keen to pick it up. I loved the TV drama and want to know more about what happened. I hope to pick up the David Nicholls book soon, it looks like such a fun summer read.
You’ve got some books (24-Hour Cafe, Sally Red Shoes) that sound ideal for summer.
I’m looking forward to reading them over the summer, I’m hoping they’re good escapist books. 🙂
Maybe it’s just me, but I preferred the creamy white cover of the Hamnet ARC. Also noticed that it seems to have a different name in the US – Hamnet & Judith.
I like the ARC of Hamnet too but am also tempted to buy the hardback as I love the blue and gold on that edition. I didn’t realise it had a different title in the US.
Very nice list. Most of these are new to me. Have fun:)
Thank you 🙂
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What a fabulous TBR pile – you’re going to have a great month of reading! I’ve read and enjoyed Hamnet, Where We Belong and The Wisdom Of Sally Red Shoes.
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Thank you, I’m looking forward to reading my summer TBR. It’s good to know Hamnet is such an enjoyable book, I can’t wait to read it. 🙂 Thanks for the tag too, I really appreciate it and will try and post my answers soon 🙂