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!