Monday, 4 June 2018

My Summer Reading List (20 Books of Summer)


With each new season I pull together a list of books that I hope to read over the next three months, and compile them together in a post here on my blog. For the season of spring, I actually didn't get round to doing this - there was a lot of slumping going on (reading & blogging), and so it just didn't happen. However, I'm here today to continue with my seasonal reading lists and share the books I'm hoping to read this summer.

I'm actually signing up to take part in a summer long reading challenge - 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. I'm a little late in sharing my book list for the post, with the event running from June 1st until September 3rd. My seasonal reading lists tend to have 10ish books on them, so it'll be interesting to see how I do with twenty titles; I'm looking forward to the challenge of not only reading twenty books this summer, but also reviewing them all too.

All titles below have been linked via Goodreads

Summmer: An Anthology for the Changing Seasons (edited) by Melissa Harrison
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
The Castle of Adventure by Enid Blyton
The Valley of Adventure by Enid Blyton
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
Fire and Rain by Diane Chamberlain
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan
A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

So that concludes my summer reading list - Cathy is totally flexible when it comes to the list, so some titles could change, although I do feel like I've picked a good mix of books.

I'd love to know what books you're looking forward to reading this summer.
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21 comments

  1. Good luck with the challenge! Little Fires Everywhere is supposed to be good, I've heard, and the Enid Blyton books should be fun! Also those Christies... I need to read some Christie.

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    1. Slowly working my way through Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie - two authors whose backlist of books definitely intimidated me; but so happy to finally be getting to them, and enjoying it!!

      Thank you!

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  2. Good luck! I also need to read Little Fires Everywhere and Cait’s book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Thanks!

      I am SO excited for Cait's book - it has had a great response so far!

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  3. All the best with your list! Lovely to see Enid Blyton and Kate Morton amongst your titles - always wonderful reads! And Bookworm was one of my favourite recent reads - enjoy!!

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    1. Thank you!

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Bookworm a lot. I'm excited for my Kate Morton reads, although a little unsure about having two of her books on my list - they tend to chunksters!

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  4. This is an excellent list, Jade! I adore Kate Morton and Agatha Christie; as well as The Secret Garden and A Room with a View. I'm looking forward to reading Cider with Rosie and Bookworm in the future too. Hope you enjoy all of your summer reading picks!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jessie. Happy summer reading to you!

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  5. I've been slumping a bit on reading lately but I need to sit down and figure out what I want to read this summer as well. That's one of my favorite Agatha Christies and I really enjoyed both the Kate Mortons you have listed.

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    1. Glad to hear you've enjoyed some of the titles on my list, Katherine - makes me want to read them even more knowing others have had positive reading experiences!

      I hope you're able to sit down and curate your summer reading list some time soon, Katherine. Figuring out what you want to read is a part of the reading fun! Wishing you a summer of wonderful reads!

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  6. Yay for 2 Kate Mortons on this list :) :) I'm intrigued by Bookworm and have been thinking about trying it on audio -- so I'll be curious to hear what you think of it when you get to it.

    And seeing that summer anthology at the top of your list was my first inkling that there is a series for each season, remembering you were working on the Spring one recently! I just love the idea of that series (and the covers are gorgeous!) -- how are you liking them? I just ordered the Summer one from Book Depository -- I resisted ordering the whole lot for now, figuring I should probably actually read one first before committing to the entire year!

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    1. P.S. I love the 20 Books of Summer idea! I hesitate to officially join because I'm terrible at sticking to lists, but I may change my mind -- we shall see :)

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    2. I'm slightly nervous about two Kate Morton books on the list - they are such chunksters! Ha!

      There is one for each season with the anthology collection, and I am really enjoying them; I dip in & out throughout the season. They focus on the change of season, and how others interrupt the season, plus what it looks like for them (UK based), and I'm finding that to be really interesting. I'd definitely be keen to hear your thoughts on the Summer book, once you've read it.

      I know the host of this challenge (Cathy) is very flexible and totally okay with substituting titles on the list.

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  7. I've gone through many reading and blogging slumps so I'm hoping to be able to finish this challenge. Good luck and I hope you'll stop by:

    http://collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com/2018/06/20-books-of-summer-2018.html

    Colletta

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  8. This sounds like a fun challenge! If I weren't having a baby any day now, I would definitely sign up! :) Your list looks great, too. I haven't read any Enid Blyton yet, but I plan to someday. And A Room with a View is a wonderful book!

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    1. Any day now... Eeek! How exciting!!

      A Room with a View is a classic I've been meaning to read for a while now, and it definitely sounds like a good summer read.

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  9. Good luck with your challenge! I just recently finished Far from the Tree and really loved it. I'm also hoping to read Little Fires Everywhere this summer.

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    1. Thank you!

      I quite enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere - hoping to put up a review soon.

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  10. Good luck with your challenge! You've got an excellent list of books lined up - I adored, 'The Explorer', 'The Butterfly Summer' and 'Bookworm', so I do hope that you enjoy them. I'm also taking part in the challenge, and am planning to read 'Little Fires Everywhere' and a Kate Morton, too. It will be interesting to see what you make of them :)
    Best of luck, looking forward to your updates! Hope you're having a good week :) xx

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    1. Happy to hear you enjoyed so many of these titles yourself - thank you!

      Good luck with the challenge yourself & happy reading!!

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