20 books of summer recap

20 books logoIf you cast your mind back to early June, you may remember I vowed to participate in Cathy’s “20 Books of Summer” challenge. Summer is, of course, over in the northern hemisphere and there’s a definite autumnal feel in the air, so I should really report on how I got on.

Life, unfortunately, got in the way (my job has become increasingly more hectic in recent months, with no let up in sight), so I only managed to make my way through 15 novels from my TBR.

The original list I posted got ditched somewhere along the way: I only read six books from it; the remaining nine were selected to suit my particular mood at the time, but all were from my TBR. In fact, most were ebooks. That’s because I bought a new Kindle in July and had to reorganise my library in the Cloud to get them to download on to the new device and in doing so I rediscovered a ginormous amount of novels I’d forgotten I’d purchased over the years.

Here’s what I read, in alphabetical order by author’s surname (links will take you to my review):

There were some real standouts in this list — Our Souls At Night, In a Strange Room,  Beastings, The Long Prospect and The Jesus Man — and a couple of duds (Provocation and Instructions for a Heatwave), but overall I really enjoyed making my way through old novels in my TBR. Now, however, it’s time to bring on the new books!

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18 thoughts on “20 books of summer recap

    • I figured if I counted the week before the challenge started I would have completed the challenge because I went to Greece for a week by myself and read six books! Oh well, timing is never my strong point.

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  1. Well done on making the inroads into the e-book backlog. I’m afraid my little device isnt getting used much these days since I am no longer travelling for work. I need to look at my own backlog as a result but it’s much nicer to read a physical book when I can

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    • Don’t get me started on the Cloud. I hate it. If you have a new generation kindle and buy all your books from Amazon it will already be synced with the Cloud, where all your purchases are held for you (as a back up) to download as you please. But I had an old Kindle (the second edition) that wasn’t connected to the Cloud because the Cloud hadn’t been invented then. This meant that when I downloaded my books to the new Kindle it just dumped them into one folder, whereas I had them all sorted carefully into folders for Ozlit, crime, nonfiction, abandoned books, books to be reviewed, etc etc. I have hundreds of ebook so this was quite annoying. The only solution was to recreate all those folders in the ckoud (which took about three hours) and then sync with my new Kindle.
      I wont mention the fact that the new Kindle is not intuitive and even the IT guru I live with struggled to figure out how to do all this! 😫

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  2. I’d take that for a win, and there’s no pressure with this challenge which is why I like it so much! Well done for excavating old stuff from your Kindle. I am trying to keep up with my NetGalley books but have been downloading random stuff AND have books upon books in the collections I’ve created. Argh!

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    • I’ve given up on my netgalley books. The only way I can get them off my old kindle is by the transferring them from my old kindle onto my computer and then downloading them again to the new kindle. I just can’t be bothered faffing around with that. 😱

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    • Garry Disher isn’t generally published in the U.K. though sometimes you can get his books on import through The Book Depository. I’ve just checked the availability of Her and it’s listed as “currently unavailable”. I’ve never read Disher. Should I?

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