It’s the last day of winter here in Australia (hooray!!), so that means it’s time to recap my efforts trying to complete this year’s #20booksofsummer/winter challenge.
This is the sixth year of participating in this annual event, which is co-ordinated by Cathy, who blogs at 746 Books.
The idea is to read 20 books (or a nominated amount less than this) from your TBR between 1 June and 1 September. Last year, I managed to complete it successfully, but this year was a different story!
In fact, at one point I thought I would be lucky to finish eight books in total. I actually considered abandoning the whole thing. I had too much other stuff going on and wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
But then I regained my reading mojo, made a stab at trying to get back on track and ended up reading a grand total of 15 books.
Of my original list, I read only eight books; the remainder were swapped in based on my mood at the time of reading.
Unfortunately, I am seriously behind on the reviewing front, but I hope to rectify that as soon as I can. In the meantime, here’s what I read, arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname (hyperlinks, as ever, take you to my full review):
- ‘A Woman’ by Sibilla Aleramo (memoir/translated non-fiction; Italian)
- ‘The Sheltering Sky’ by Paul Bowles (literary fiction; American)
- ‘Assembly’ by Natasha Brown (literary fiction; British)
- ‘Don’t Make a Fuss: It’s Only the Claremont Serial Killer’ by Wendy Davis (memoir/true crime; Australian)
- ‘Whipbird’ by Robert Drewe (literary fiction; Australian)
- ‘Am I Black Enough for You? 10 Years On’ by Anita Heiss (memoir; Australian/First Nations)
- ‘One Day I’ll Remember This’ by Helen Garner (memoir; Australian)
- ‘Benevolence’ by Julie Janson (historical fiction; Australian/First Nations)
- ‘My Brother Jack’ by George Johnston (literary fiction; Australian)
- ‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard McLaverty (literary fiction; Irish)
- ‘On Helen Garner’ by Sean O’Beirne (essay; Australian)
- ‘England, Your England’ by George Orwell (essays; British)
- ‘Son of Sin’ by Omar Sakr (literary fiction; Australian)
- ‘The Sawdust House’ by David Whish-Wilson (historical fiction; Australian)
- ‘Braised Pork’ by An Yu (literary fiction; Chinese)
As you can see, I read a fairly mixed bag, albeit dominated by Australian writers, but the standout was by an Irish writer — Bernard McLaverty’s Midwinter Break really hit the spot when I read it last weekend. But, to be fair, I didn’t read a dud all winter and would recommend everything listed here.
Did you take part in #20BooksOfSummer? How did you do? Care to share your favourite read of the summer (or winter)?