Oh wow, it’s here again: The 20 Books of Summer hosted by 746 Books. And I laugh! Ha, ha! And two questions spring to mind:
- Do I really think I can finish 20 books this summer? and;
- Knowing me, do I really think I can stick to a list?
Then I saw Ruth’s post pop up which is labelled: The 10 Books of Summer. And I came up with a brilliant idea. Why not choose 20 Books but only expect to read 10 of them? That way I’ ll have flexibility with my list and perhaps finish the challenge. Just call me Einstein!
20 Books of Summer ~ 2020
The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot: I’ve just started this so I believe I can count it and a bonus is that it’s on my Classics Club list. Normally I love Eliot’s writing but I’m not so sure about this one ….
The Seven Dials Mystery – Agatha Christie: After a disappointing The Big Four, I’m back in my Christie groove after reading The Mystery of the Blue Train. Looking forward to this one!
Partners in Crime – Agatha Christie: The next book in my chronological Christie project. I loved the first Tommy and Tuppence book, The Secret Adversary, and I hope this one is just as good!
Ajax – Sophocles: Keely has reminded me in her last post of how much I love the ancient Greeks. I’ve already covered most of Aeschylus’ plays so Sophocles is up next.
Electra – Sophocles: And why read one play by Sophocles when you can read two?!
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: This book has been on many of my lists including my Classics Club. Boy oh boy, I’d better finish it this time!
Dead Souls – Nikolai Gogol: One for my Russian Literature challenge. I’ve started it once, God willing, I’ll finish it now!
To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee: This is on my spring list and now my summer. Absolutely LOVE this book! A perennial favourite!
Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean Jacques Rousseau: I had The Social Contract on my spring list but I don’t really feel like reading it. I went for a lovely hike the other day and now feel like reading about one of my favourite solitary walkers, Rousseau.
Meno – Plato: Ah, Plato. I loved his Apology but got stuck up on The Republic. This is a short one which will perhaps make me feel like I’m getting somewhere with him. I hope …
How The Irish Saved Civilization – Thomas Cahill: Again, a book on my spring list and I REALLY do want to read this one, so I’m moving it over.
The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope: I have started this, but the book is huge enough that most of it will be read in summer. I’m enjoying it so far. I think Trollope really shows his aptitude for crafting a story with this one.
Tartuffe – Molière: In honor of Fariba’s read-along of Molière’s plays which I was invited to but am missing because I simply cannot fit another thing in. I am desolate to have to pass. Sigh! Just not enough time in the day!
Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow – Jerome K. Jerome: This will be a perfect book for summer and hopefully a good follow-up to Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. Jerome makes me laugh ……. and laugh and laugh and laugh …. so looking forward to it.
The Solitary Summer – Elizabeth von Arnim: I finally read a book by von Arnim last year, Elizabeth and her German Garden, and I fell in love with von Arnim’s writing. Seems like another perfect read for summer.
The Lord of the Flies – William Golding: My Classic Club spin book which I thought I didn’t own and therefore wouldn’t finish by June 1st but I found a copy of it today! Technically if I finish it for the spin date it won’t count as a book for summer but whatever!
Diogenes, Sayings and Anecdotes – Diogenes the Cynic: Another ancient Greek and a book I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Dear Diogenes who went around in the daytime with a lighted lantern looking for an honest man. His sayings and anecdotes will certainly be enlightening!
World War Z – Max Brooks: Zombies? This summer, yes! I’ve always been curious about this book. Sadly I saw the movie first and liked it but the book must be better, right?
Les Malheurs de Sophie – Comtesse de Ségur: I always want to improve my French and always try to read one French book per year …. and rarely succeed. But perhaps one day. And I’ve always wanted to read this one ….
So there is my list! Fear not, oh Golden Bough friends! In spite of it not being on this list, I am still reading it while being bored senseless. 😴 I will persevere though!
Have you read any of these books and, if so, did I choose well? Also, please let me know what books you have planned for the summer months!