It's time for Cathy's 20 Books of Summer challenge, where I pile up a bunch of books and then proceed to read something completely different...
Traditionally the candidate books get taken out into the backyard for their photo op:
Will these be the mysteries I read? We'll see! That's:
Ngaio Marsh/Swing, Brother, Swing
Ngaio Marsh/Dead Water
Patricia Moyes/Angel Death
Patricia Moyes/Night Ferry To Death
You've got to have some fluffy reading in summer, right?
The Other Reader
Alessandro Manzoni/The Betrothed
The Other Reader just finished this and is raving about it.
Honoré Balzac/Cousin Bette
R. L. Stevenson/The Black Arrow
George Bernard Shaw/Major Barbara
Henryk Sienkewicz/Quo Vadis
Four books off my Classics Club list. Will these be the ones? Right now I think so...
Halldór Laxness/Independent People
Ivo Andrić/Omar Pasha Latas
Sholom Aleichem/In The Storm
Cleo was recently reading Aleichem, which reminded me I owned one Aleichem I've never read.
That shades off into:
Women In Translation
I'm assuming August will be Women in Translation month again, so:
Dorthe Nors/Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Ludmila Ulitskaya/Jacob's Ladder
Amélie Nothomb/Tokyo Fiancée
Ethan Michaeli/The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America
Wait, that's only sixteen books! Well, I probably won't stick to even this list, but will there be Austen in August? I could be there. I've got a couple of other Chicago titles in mind. I recently read a review of the new translations (2!) of Machado de Assis' Bras Cubas and I have the old translation. (But couldn't find it for the picture.) My library doesn't have a circulating copy of this month's book for the Brian Moore read-along, but it does have the book for the next three months. Maybe those.
In any case, planning is such sweet sorrow. I'm sure I'll read something. It's blogging about twenty books in three months will be the real challenge. Will these be the books? Which look good to you? Which of these should I be sure not to miss?
Thanks to Cathy for hosting again this year!
har har on the first sentence: really sounds familiar! i really liked "The Betrothed"; you probably will also?ReplyDelete
"Planning is such sweet sorrow": dynamite!
I'd better read The Betrothed! I am looking forward to it & it's the one on this list I'm pretty sure I will read...or I'll be in the doghouse...Delete
I believe by writing that first sentence you've jinxed me and perhaps yourself. Lol! But it's so good to know that someone else does stuff like that and I'm not the only one! I wish I'd thought to add The Betrothed to my list. I also wanted to add The Leopard and Orlando Furioso but I reined myself in. Have fun with your list and reading and no guilt if you change it up!ReplyDelete
I was jinxed before I wrote it, I'm sure...Delete
You do already have a few chunksters on your list! But Orlando Furioso & The Leopard are both pretty great--and The Leopard isn't a hard read.
The best thing about this challenge is putting together the list - from the stack to the photo op and all the lovely chat from others - and then completely ignoring the list to read other things :-)ReplyDelete
I hope to read at least a couple of from this list... ;-)Delete
Ha, yes! Choosing & ignoring is my style too. I think I'll join in with this one though. :)ReplyDelete
You should! I'd love to see your list.Delete
Brona (also in Australia) has her revised logo:
I think everyone is pretty casual about whether summer is solstice to equinox or just June, July, and August.
I have to work out when summer is up in the Northern Hemi.ReplyDelete
Great list Reese - thanks for taking part! I do love doing the photo shoot too. This is the first year that I have remembered to include something for Women in Translation Month!ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting! Forgetting about WITMonth was one of the things that blew my first list all to heck.Delete
I'm quite proud that I remembered WIT for my list -- at the last second, for the first time in the 3-4 years I've done this, ha. A very nice list, and I'm particularly envying the Aleichem.ReplyDelete
I'll report back! The introduction suggests it's based on a pogrom in Chisinau, Moldova, so it may be darker than usual for him...Delete
For me too the writing of reviews is the real challenge, I fell off the blogging bandwagon last year and this challenge is a good push to write more consistently.ReplyDelete
Here's hoping it works!Delete
Alessandro Manzoni/The Betrothed....I think I have this one but I may have thrown it away! I should have a look on the bookshelf. Quo Vadis...I have tried to read this but just could not stand the writing style (junior high school level). Intrigued...what is the Chicago Challenge? I tried to find in on your line Challenge HQ...?? Halldór Laxness here is a book I can add to my "reading the Nobels" challenge, thanks!ReplyDelete
The Chicago Challenge isn't a challenge, just that I tend to read books from Chicago (my home town). Though I sometimes think about making it an actual challenge. Maybe I should!Delete
I have a few classics I'm hoping to read this summer, too, but as for the rest of my summer reading list, I haven't settled on anything yet. Good luck with this challenge...and happy reading! :)ReplyDelete
I doubt I've really settled on anything yet either... ;-)Delete
Looks great! Gonna try to post my 20 by the end of the week. And just like you I'll probably end up reading something completely different!ReplyDelete
Oh, definitely looking forward to your post!Delete
I am also having trouble finding the Brian Moore book for this month, and it sounds so good! Mirror Shoulder Signal is great. I'm really looking forward to Independent People.ReplyDelete
Oh, I've heard good things about Mirror Shoulder SignalDelete
If I could go into a used bookstore I suspect I could find the Brian Moore, but they're all still shut down & now will be until the end of the month.
And Independent People needs to happen!
You have compiled a great list. I wonder if there will be an Austen in August this year. I'm also curious about Paris in July.ReplyDelete
I'd forgotten about Paris in July, but I've got a space for it, too, if it reappears.
Heheh yes, that's it in a nutshell...no question that I'll read twenty books this summer and some of them I could predict right this moment...but for the most part, this would be an exercise in avoidance if I were to sit down and make a proper list. Am glad that your contenders got their promised time in the garden though, like their predecessors!ReplyDelete
It's fun--even if perhaps pointless...--to pile up a bunch of books!Delete