20 Books of Summer – Month 2 Update

I always think I will read loads when it’s the holidays. The reality is I read much less than when I’m working. It makes no sense! The challenge is quite straight forward: read 20 books in June, July and August. 

So I’ve finished 11 books so far. This means I’m unlikely to reach my goal of 20, but I’m ok with that. There are several books I’m already quite far through, so I might get quite a few of them finished. I also have book club next week so I’ll definitely get through at least one more for that.

My 20 books of summer side project: Project Iliad has also been slightly neglected in July. I am currently up to chapter 11 of 24. I’ve summarised the first 6 chapters in the first part of my review here. I’ll actually be happy if I complete this goal, even at the expense of the 20 books goal!

Here’s the original list of books, with ones I’ve read in red. Books I’ve read that weren’t on the original list are added at the bottom. Links to my reviews are next to all the ones I’ve read. Wonder how I’ll get on with the rest of August!

  1. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi (review)
  2. Still Me – Jojo Moyes (review)
  3. Conclave – Robert Harris (review)
  4. Sarah – J.T. Leroy
  5. Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley – Charlotte Gordon
  6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman (review)
  7. How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne
  8. The Pisces – Melissa Broder (review)
  9. How Not to be a Boy – Robert Webb
  10.  Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls
  11. The Iliad – Homer
  12. Story – Robert McKee (review)
  13. How To Stop Time – Matt Haig (review)
  14. 2666 – Roberto Bolano
  15.  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  16. The Dark Dark – Samantha Hunt
  17. Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life – Helen Czerski
  18. The Dark Road to Mercy – Wiley Cash
  19. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
  20. The Mother of All Questions – Rebecca Solnit
  21. Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates (review)
  22. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf (review)
  23. Little Black Book – Otegha Uwagba (review)
  24. Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher (review)

4 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer – Month 2 Update

  1. Ceri

    11 is still a fantastic number! Well done!

    I’m the same as you – I’ve replaced about 4 books on my original list. Plus, I know what you mean about the summer holidays. I feel like I have all this time to read but my motivation lags. I’m a much better reader in the winter.

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  2. Pingback: The Iliad – Homer (part 2 of 4) | Be Exactly Who You Want To Be

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