A new month — and a new challenge — dawns tomorrow (1 June). I really enjoyed participating in the 20 Books of Summer last year so I’ve decided to do it again this year.
The “challenge” is run by Cathy, who blogs at 746 Books. The idea is to read 20 books from your TBR between 1 June and 3 September. Last year I only managed to read 15, but this year I want to see if I can read the full 20.
Trying to choose what to read in advance doesn’t normally work for me, because I tend to read on a whim, selecting books to meet my specific mood or interests at the time of reading. That said, I’ve pulled 20 books from my shelves but reserve the right to swap out books that aren’t working for me with other books from my existing TBR pile.
All the books I’ve chosen are ones I’ve purchased or have received as a gift — there’s nothing in this lot that have come from publishers for review.
They’re largely all literary fiction, with the odd crime novel and a few translations thrown in for good measure, and I’ve tried to go for a mix of male and female writers. Some of you will notice there’s quite a few from the Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist, because I’m keen to kill two birds with one stone! Ive also got an Elizabeth Jolley in there, because I’m going to participate in ANZLitLovers’ Elizabeth Jolley Week (4 June to 11 June).
The books I hope to read are as follows and have been arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname:
- ‘The Lebs’ by Michael Mohammed Ahmad
- ‘Too Many Men’ by Lily Brett
- ‘A Long Way from Home’ by Peter Carey
- ‘Fairyland’ by Sumner Locke Elliott
- ‘First Person’ by Richard Flanagan
- ‘Sugar Money’ by Jane Harris
- ‘The Catherine Wheel’ by Elizabeth Harrower
- ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro
- ‘The Well’ by Elizabeth Jolley
- ‘The Glorious Heresies’ by Lisa McInerney
- ‘The Everlasting Sunday’ by Robert Lukins
- ‘Border Districts’ by Gerald Murnane
- ‘Joyride to Jupiter’ by Nuala O’Connor
- ‘Echoland’ by Per Petterson
- ‘The Restorer’ by Michael Sala
- ‘See What I Have Done’ by Sarah Schmidt
- ‘Taboo’ by Kim Scott
- ‘Sweet Bean Paste’ by Durian Sukegawa
- ‘Nights at the Alexandra’ by William Trevor
- ‘Silence’ by Jan Costin Wagner
Have you read any of the books I’ve chosen? Any suggestions on which one to start with first? Anyone else participating in this challenge?