Cathy at 746 Books is hosting her annual 20 Books of Summer event for the third year running. I have been mulling over participating for days now, and today I finally decided to take the plunge and join in. See, I’m a notoriously contrary reader, as my lackluster attempt at participating in the TBR Triple Dog Dare earlier this year proved. I hate feeling hemmed in, both physically and in my reading choices. I now embrace the “mood-reader/free-range reader” tag joyfully. This is me being me!
Mercifully, however, Cathy is generous and flexible with her rules, so she is allowing participants to structure their challenges to their tastes. I am joining a few others in a TEN Books of Summer option. So from June 1 through September 5, I’ll be reading ten books from my ridiculous and ever-growing Goodreads TBR. I figure that I can commit to reading ten titles that I would have wanted to read anyway, and that still leaves me breathing room for book choice whimsy!
Here are my ten (in no particular order:)
- Jane Steele by Lyndsay Fay. Supposedly a Jane Eyre-ish retelling, except this Jane is a Victorian SERIAL KILLER. I hope this is as fun as I want it to be.
- Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I’ve seen nothing but praise for this science/nature non-fiction title, from trusted sources. Really looking forward to it.
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor. I’ve been meaning to read something by this author for a while now, and this one looks super interesting to me. Plus it’s set in Lagos, Nigeria, which is the setting for my current read, Every Day is For the Thief by Teju Cole, and I’m completely fascinated by that part of the world. Which brings me to…
- Open City by Teju Cole. I’m REALLY liking Every Day, so I think I want to jump right into his other book.
- Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia. Gin Jenny from Reading the End called this a grown-up version of Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game and that was all that I needed!
- Means of Evil and Other Stories by Ruth Rendell. Because Ruth Rendell. Inspector Wexford forever!
- The Vegetarian by Han Kang. I was on the fence about this one until I read positive things from many trusted sources. Plus, I bet it will be a Tournament of Books choice for next year.
- High Rising by Angela Thirkell. I looooove me some mid-20th century British fiction. I hope this scratches that itch!
- Writing My Wrongs by Shaka Senghor. After Whitney at Brown Books and Green Tea gave this a stellar review, I knew I had to read it. Looks really powerful. Speaking of powerful…
- The Book of Night Women by Marlon James. I ADORED his History of Seven Killings, so this is a no-brainer for me. It’s probably going to wreck me, but I think I’m ready for it.
I own but three of these titles and the rest are coming from the library. I’ve got Jane Steele checked out right now so that might be my next read. I’m on a waiting list for Writing My Wrongs but I am hopeful that it will become available before Sept. 5!
If you’re feeling like taking the (small-ish) plunge with me, head over to Cathy’s 746 Books for more info!