Summer TBR & 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge!


20 Books of Summer is a reading challenge hosted by 746 books ( where the challenge is essentially just to complete 20 books during Summer 2016; you can also go for 10 or 15 books as an easier challenge. I feel like 20 is fairly doable for me as a summer reading challenge, although who knows; I might dive into a super long book and get sidetracked.

The majority of my picks are books on my physical TBR shelf that I’d really like to take down, although there are a few library and audiobooks on there. I also tried to include a good mix of SFF and realistic fiction, with two nonfiction thrown in. I honestly have no idea if I will be able to stick to this TBR, but based on my current reading mood, these are the 20 books that I could really see myself getting into this summer!


Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels, #3)The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels, #4)North and SouthWhite Teeth

And AgainThe Girl Wakes: StoriesThe Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

LagoonGods Behaving BadlyDeathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)Gold Fame Citrus

Get in Trouble: StoriesUnaccustomed EarthBrideshead RevisitedThe Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksRunning with ScissorsThe Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)Roses and Rot

9 thoughts on “Summer TBR & 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge!”

  1. What a great list! So glad you are joining in! I’ve only read White Teeth out of your selection and loved it. Look forward to hearing what you think of Running with Scissors. Happy Reading!

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  2. I read one Burroughs and loved it! He is outrageous and so funny! Still have not gotten to Henrietta Lacks–and I own it!! Love Lahiri and definitely want to try the Ferrante series! Nice list!

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    1. Good to know–I’m planning on listening to Running With Scissors on audio and I really hope it’s good! You should DEFINITELY check out Ferrante 🙂 Thanks!


  3. The Lahiri and Zadie Smith are great, as is North and South. You’ve got a great collection there. I am using the opportunity to get some books off my TBR and also off the weird pile of books that collects next to the TBR … happy reading!

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    1. I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed those! I read one other short story collection by Lahiri and thought her writing was amazing, so I’m assuming I’ll like this one a lot. Good luck with your TBR!

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  4. Brideshead and North and South are wonderful reads – very different to each other but both dealing with class issues in their own way.

    I’ve just finished The Story of the Lost Child but need a little processing time before I write my review I think.

    Good luck

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    1. I’m really glad to hear that you enjoyed those! I saw the BBC miniseries of North and South and loved it, and I’ve been meaning to read the book for years. I definitely will want to read your review after I finish the Neapolitan novels…I can’t even guess how they end at this point. I have a feeling I will cry, though.

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