Last year was my first year joining Cathy's #20BooksOfSummer event and it was a sort-of success.
Sort of, because while I did read twenty books over the summer, as the summer wore on what I read increasingly diverged from the books I piled up on the table in the backyard. So this year I figured I'd simply acknowledge my wayward ways and pick ten books. Then I could read however many books & not (necessarily) feel like I wasn't reading the ones I should. Plan, right?
So, from the top:
Patricia Moyes/Falling Star
Patricia Moyes/Murder Fantastical
-I'm going to need some fluffy summer reading in summer, right? I read my first Inspector Tibbett mystery a year or two ago, & picked these up at a charity sale last fall.Jules Verne/Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
-The Classics Club spin machine keeps cheating me out of reading this one. So I'm now I'm going to!J. F. Powers/Wheat That Springeth Green
-First of three books The Other Reader read recently that come highly recommended. Powers' Morte D'Urban is amazing.Anna Seghers/Transit
-Planning ahead for #WIT (Women in Translation) Month!Gabriel Garcia Marquez/Love In The Time of Cholera
-The second #TheOtherReader bookAmelie Nothomb/Life Form
-#WITMonthMikhail Bulgakov/The Master and Margarita
-This one would fit a number of challenges for me.John Dos Passos/Manhattan Transfer
-Laurie & Fanda are hosting #JazzAgeJune. I've been wanting to read this for a while after loving the USA trilogy.Henrik Pontoppidan/Lucky Per
-#TheOtherReaderWhat looks good to you?
Thanks to Cathy for hosting!
seeing Patricia Moyes at the top, i'd very highly recommend Catherine Aird... she is a very funny lady and great writer, imo, naturally...ReplyDelete
I've never read Catherine Aird, but she's somebody I've been meaning to try--now even more so!Delete
I read Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea during 20 Books of Summer two years ago. It...might have been on my list. ;)ReplyDelete
Pretty impossible to stick to a list, isn't it? ;-)Delete
Well, as Cathy says, half the fun lies in changing your list halfway through! Looks like a great pile of books. Enjoy!ReplyDelete
Oh, I forgot to say, I loooove Master and Margarita, what translation does Everyman use? That is one weird novel.Delete
It's the Michael Glenny translation. Hopefully it's a good one!Delete
Yep, you should be OK!Delete
I've never read any of these but about half are on my TBR. What sale, Trinity? They look like they've got an air of Trinity to them. LOL This isn't a challenge I've ever joined, which is weird, because I love the idea of it, but maybe because sometimes it's just too hot to touch the keys on the laptop that doing so for a challenge update seems crazy. Good luck with your halved list (good plan!).ReplyDelete
I forget which sale for sure since last year I managed to get to all of the UofT sales...not sure I really needed to do that... ;-) The mysteries for me often come from University College, though, where the older mysteries are 6 for $5.00. Though the last couple of years I feel like they've been the same ones left over from the previous year...Delete
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is one I've been meaning to read for years. Who knows. Maybe I'll tackle it this summer. Though there's a couple of Thomas Hardy books I really want to read, too. :)ReplyDelete
I don't know how long I've had that copy of Verne for sure, but it's a verrrrry long time, I'm afraid.Delete
Thanks so much for taking part again. Great list - Love in the Time of Cholera is a real favourite of mine. Good luck and happy reading!ReplyDelete
Glad to! And thanks again for hosting!Delete
Oh my goodness, I do the same thing! I'm terrible at sticking to lists in the short term but when I look back at my lists years later I usually have read the majority of what I've listed.ReplyDelete
Well, from your list I've only read The Master and Margarita and it was a wild ride.
I'll be interested to see how many of these books get read during your summer. Have fun!
Since I couldn't stick to a list of twenty, I'm hoping (!) to be able to stick to a list of ten, which will give me some room to read other things...maybe even The Golden Bough!Delete
Is it wise to circumvent the Classics Club spin? I think you are playing with fire there. LOL.ReplyDelete
I thought 20,000 leagues was overly long and detailed when I read it as an adult a few years ago. I think I read it as a child too, but it was probably an abridged version.
I also have trouble sticking to lists, BUT when I give myself permission to cheat, I usually end up reading the entire list. Reverse psychology. So I have every confidence you will complete this pile (and then some)!
I'm going to have finished Plutarch before the 1st of June, right? Ha, ha....I'm likely to be about halfway through, so I could have counted it as a book of summer.Delete
I'm hoping the reverse psychology does work & I do read these ten books. But it's perfectly possible I read twenty books not on any list at all...
I'm really looking forward to taking part againReplyDelete
Enjoy and good luck sounds like you’ve a good plan there!ReplyDelete
Book that must be on my bookshelf: Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos....important US writer I should readReplyDelete
Book that will be fun to read: Henrik Pontoppidan/Lucky Per
I am curious how the author describes a restricted life in the Danish countryside...and compare it with what I konw of Dutch countrylife! Denmark is our close neighbor! Copenhagen is just 516 kilometers (321 miles)form my hometown! Hope you have a great summer reading...and thanks for your comment on my blog.
I really liked the USA trilogy, so I can definitely recommend Dos Passos.Delete
I think a lot of Lucky Per takes place in Copenhagen--I'm not sure how much of it is in the countryside. But I'll find out & report back!
I've been to Copenhagen twice & various places in the Netherlands more times (five times, I think?) They do strike me as similar. The geography I'm sure contributes. And the herring!
And thank you for stopping by!
I shall serendipitously choose the books I read this summer. No stress.ReplyDelete
Ah, but it's so much fun piling up a bunch of books!Delete
Oh you've just reminded me that I forgot to include a Jazz Age June book to my list. It's not even officially winter & I'm having to make adjustments to my list :-)ReplyDelete
That's exactly the sort of problem, isn't it? ;-)Delete