The goal of 20 Books of Summer is to read 20 books from your TBR in three months. I’m totally including some of my summer pre-orders in this list because one of my 2021 goals was to read everything I pre-order and I am already behind. I’m also going to do my best to review them all because I have become such a slacker when writing up my thoughts.
If you’re joining in, you can add your sign-up post to Cathy’s link up and use the #20booksofsummer21 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
However I just cannot pick 20 books and stick to that list for the next three months. My brain will rebel! I’ve picked out 30 books and I will do my best to read 20 of these, but also one or two may get switched out when I remember something else I’m desperate to read. Without further ado, here are my choices…
*indicates that I received a free copy for review.
Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura
Reading for ATY “a book eligible for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation”.
Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Reading for Popsugar “a book that has won the Women’s Prize for Fiction”.
Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid*
Thanks to Del Rey for the review copy.
The Rookery by Deborah Hewitt*
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for the review copy.
Summerwater by Sarah Moss
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart
The Swallowed Man by Edward Carey
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor
The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk*
Thanks to Orbit for the review copy.
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
Last One at the Party by Bethany Clift
Mooncakes by Wendy Xu + Suzanne Walker
Fake Law by The Secret Barrister
Reading for Popsugar “a book that was published anonymously”.
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
The Yearbook by Holly Bourne
The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
Reading for ATY “a book set on an island”.
Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy*
Thanks to Chatto & Windus for the review copy.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Reading for Popsugar “the book on your TBR list with the ugliest cover”.
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne
Black Water Sister by Zen Cho
Reading for ATY “a book by an author whose name doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y”.
The Boyband Murder Mystery by Ava Eldred
A Pho Love Story by Loan Le
Reading for Popsugar “a book set in a restaurant”.
A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
As Good as Dead by Holly Jackson
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers
I feel like I should have more non-fiction on here, but at the moment I’m preferring non-fiction on audio, and my audiobook TBR is actually pretty tiny.
Have you read any of these books? Which do you think I should prioritise?
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