I can’t believe the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge (run by Cathy at 746 Books) is over already! This summer seems to have flown by even though I’ve spent the entirety of it in my home.
So I set myself a very rigid list of 20 physical books that I wanted to read this summer. (The rules for this challenge are very flexible but I wanted to make myself read a particular set of books). Unfortunately my disability flared up and I’m back to struggling to hold physical books so my 20 books of summer plan stalled a few weeks ago now. I did manage to read 12 of the books on my list before then (and I’m halfway through a 13th) and I’m really happy with what I managed to read. Also, one of the 12 that I read was the humongous Ducks, Newburyport (which at over a thousand pages could count as three novels!).
I did also read a lot of books on my Kindle and I listened to quite a few audiobooks so I did plenty of reading over the summer, I just didn’t manage to read what I planned on.
Here are the books that I managed to read this summer (from my original list).
I enjoyed all twelve of the books that I read but I think my favourite has to be Ducks, Newburyport. Once I got to grips with the way it’s written I just wanted to devour it, it really is an incredible novel and one I keep finding myself thinking about.
Did you take part in the 20 Books of Summer challenge? How did you get on? I hope you enjoyed all that you read over the summer, and here’s to an autumn full of fabulous books! 🙂
39 thoughts on “My 20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up!”
12 books are great. I hope next time you can finish this challenge.
Thank you so much 🙂
Well done Hayley!! I reckon you did it really just changed the books on your list! xx
Thank you! I kind of did achieve it but I just so wanted to stick to a TBR for once (realistically it’s never going to happen! The minute I make plan for my TBR I just want to read anything but those books!) xx
That is me as well! xx
Well done! I didn’t take part, but I did read 39 books so I feel pleased! 😀
Thank you! Wow, that’s a lot of books – I’m not surprised you feel pleased! 🙂 x
I did take part in the challenge and managed to complete it but only by using the flexibility to swap books, a temptation which you resisted. And I definitely think Ducks, Newburyport should count as three books!
Well done on completing your 20 Books of Summer! 🙂 I think I need to let myself swap books if I do this challenge again next year.
That’s the only reason I managed to finish it this year. I’d always resisted swapping before that and failed every year!
Great looking books! I am eyeing Unfollow.
Thank you 🙂 Unfollow was really good, I recommend it.
12 books is great Hayley, Ducks definitely counts as more than one book! Thanks again for taking part x
Thank you 🙂 I really enjoyed taking part again – I think I need to let myself swap books next time though. x
That’s great! I just managed to squeeze in 20 books by the skin of my teeth! Normally I breeze through it but 2020 is not a normal year!!!
Well done on completing your 20 books! 🙂 I’m finding my reading is different this year too, there is so much going on that it can be hard to focus on books at times.
It really is different this year…..and am hoping it can only get better!
Well done! Ducks is mahoosive and absolutely counts as multiple books! 😉
Thanks! 🙂 Ducks is a doorstop of a book but it was such a good read, I’m really glad I picked it up.
12 books is awesome!! I participated last year and this year and I didn’t read the full 20 either time. Here’s what I managed to read if you’re interested.
Thank you. Well done on managing what you read too. 🙂
12 books is great – your 1000-page book is the equivalent of about ten of the novellas I read for the challenge!
Thank you! It was a humungous book but well worth the time it took me to read it.
Excellent work. 12 is more than I read so… Brava!
Thank you 🙂
That’s fantastic!!!!! I almost made it all the way. But I’m stuck on my 20th book 🙈
~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm
Thank you. Oh no that you got stuck on your 20th book. You did so well to read as much as you did though. 🙂
Sorry to hear about the flare-up and I think you did really well – esp as a 1,000 page novel is really three or four, right?!
I did manage it this year, with some swaps out for various reasons, and got in a few days early, too, though I had to get my head right down and readreadread as got a bit worried.
Thank you. I’ve been doing more physio exercises recently while my husband was still on furlough and could help me so I think I’ve overdone it a little. Well done on completing your 20 Books of Summer! I think next time I will be allowing swaps and not trying to stick so rigidly to my TBR.
12 books from your original list is still brilliant! And since you read other titles instead, you still completed the challenge after all. 😉 xx
Thank you, I guess I did complete it really. I just so badly wanted to stick to my planned TBR for once but I think I was a bit too ambitious. xx
I did the exact same by making the rule for myself that I wasn’t allowed to include ARCs in my list… Only to fail the challenge. xD
We definitely made it hard for ourselves, didn’t we? Next year I think I’ll try a different approach. xx
Same here! xx
Well done!! I had only got 7 but I would have smashed it if I had included every single CarolWyer I read LOL. Next year will be out year xx
Thank you! You should have included all the Carol Wyer books, I reckon you can count it as challenge completed. Next year will definitely be our year (especially if we include all that we read! lol) xx
We will make sure of it! Will have to help each other now!
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