It’s hard to believe that it’s #20BooksOfSummer time once again — or, as I call it #20BooksOfSouthernHemisphereWinter (The altered logo is by fellow Australian book blogger Brona from Brona’s Books — thanks for letting me use it Brona!)
This time last year I still in London, packing my suitcases and getting ready to fly out to Perth to repatriate after almost 21 years in the UK! I can happily report that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and now here I am trying to pick which books out of the very many I’ve amassed in the past 12 months to read as part of this challenge (I live in the same street as a massive secondhand book warehouse and there’s a superb indie bookstore just a short 10-minute walk from my flat, so is it any wonder I’ve bought dozens of tomes since my arrival?)
This is the fourth time I’ve participated in the challenge. This year I’m mainly reading Australian fiction, with a focus on local writers, but I’ve also chosen a handful of Irish books, and one apiece from Wales, USA, New Zealand and Mexico for good measure.
Here’s my pile, arranged in size order from smallest to biggest, which makes it slightly more steadier to photograph! The eagle-eyed among you may recognise several books from last year’s challenge that I never actually got around to reading.
- ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns (Irish)
- ‘A Difficult Young Man’ by Martin Boyd (Australian)
- ‘Dry Milk’ by Huo Yan (New Zealander)
- ‘Shell’ by Kristina Olsson (Australian)
- ‘Shallows’ by Tim Winton (Australian / local writer)
- ‘The Watch Tower’ by Elizabeth Harrower (Australian)
- ‘Stillicide’ by Cynan Jones (Welsh)
- ‘No One’ by John Hughes (Australian / local publisher)
- ‘The Incendiaries’ by R.O. Kwon (American)
- ‘You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here’ by Frances Macken (Irish)
- ‘Night Lessons in Little Jerusalem’ by Rick Held (Australian)
- ‘Hurricane Season’ by Fernanda Melchor (Mexican)
- ‘Love’ by Roddy Doyle (Irish)
- ‘Damascus’ by Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)
- ‘The Yield’ by Tara June Winch (Australian)
- ‘Cherry Beach’ by Laura McPhee-Browne (Australian)
- ‘Wolfe Island’ by Lucy Treloar (Australian)
- ‘True West’ by David Whish-Wilson (Australian / local author)
- ‘A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline’ by Glenda Guest (Australian / local author)
- ‘Heaven Sent’ by Alan Carter (Australian / local author)
This “challenge” is run by Cathy, who blogs at 746 Books. The idea is to read 20 books from your TBR between 1 June and 1 September. Note that Cathy’s pretty flexible with her “rules”, so I reserve the right to swap books out and read others from my physical and electronic TBR — I’ve got about 200 on my Kindle! — as and when the mood strikes me.
You can find out more about 20 Books of Summer at Cathy’s blog and see who else is participating on this share your links page.
Have you read any of the books I’ve chosen? Any suggestions on which one to start with first? Are you participating in this challenge?