Summer is here – finally.
Unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case, enjoy winter, bitches!
Summer is of course about:
Enjoying the great outdoors
Hitting the beach
Hiding from the heat and the sun and retreating in air-conditioned splendour
Going to see popcorn movies (seriously, go see Mad Max: Fury Road and then tell me your thoughts, otherwise I’m going to keep pestering you about it)
Chilling out with a good book
Why shouldn’t summer be about reading as much as any other season?
Well, whether you like beach reads, airport blockbusters, biographies or serious literature, my good friend Cathy of 746 Books is here to help.
Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer Challenge begins today, June 1st, and runs until September 4th.
I took part in her challenge last year, but I am a slow reader and a bit of a lazy bum sometimes, so I could only manage to read three of the books she chose, and only wrote a review of one of them.
Cathy has chosen an eclectic range of books to read this year.
And I’ve already read two of them, so I have a headstart!
- The Selected Works of TS Spivet by Reif Larsen
- In the House, Upon the Dirt, Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell
- The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
- The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson
- This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You by Jon McGregor
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
- Love in the Ruins by Walter Percy
- Killer Joe by Tracy Letts
- Out by Natsuo Kirino
- The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
- Motel Chronicles & Hawk Moon by Sam Shepard
- Life by Keith Richards
- The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? By Edward Albee
- The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgway
- The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart
- Light Boxes by Shane Jones
You can take part by following Cathy’s blog – she also has a hashtag thingamy which will be on the old Twitter: #20booksofsummer
And of course you don’t have the read the books that Cathy has chosen: make your own list!
And because she is a generous soul and knows that reading 20 books in a season might be a daunting task for some, she’s even made a badge for those who only want to read 10 books.