Saturday, May 30, 2015

20 Books of Summer Challenge!

I've been seeing the #20booksofsummer hastag pop up here and there on Twitter and Instagram...  and I had to look into it.  It turns out that 746 Books  is hosting a challenge to read 20 books between June 1 and September 4.  I'm totally going to go for it!  (If you are debating joining, but 20 seems daunting - she has also made a #10booksofsummer option)

Even though I knew I wanted to do this, I was nervous about making a list that I'd have to follow all summer.  I like to be a little spontaneous, you know?  So I asked a couple of questions about that - and I got the perfect answer.  She said that she's not all that into rules- and told me to just go for it...  so that's what I'm doing.

These are the guidelines I'm setting for myself:

  • Read 20 books in the allotted time frame.
  • Track them on the 2015 Reading Challenges page.  
  • Try to read from this list that I just sort of threw together from my stack of current library books and my TBR bookcase:
    • Tinkers by Paul Harding
    • A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    • Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
    • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
    • Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    • The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
    • The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
    • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    • World War Z by Max Brooks 
That should cover it.  I can still read what I want, while also keeping in mind my other challenges and my overflowing TBR bookcase.  I already want to add more classics to the list (...this is how it starts...)

If you'd like to take part as well - check out 746 Books!


Kyle said...

I've got Station Eleven on my list for the next couple of weeks too since the author is coming to a bookstore near me in mid-June! I figured I'd read it and if I like it, go meet her :)

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Station Eleven is a definite read for me - I've heard nothing but good things about it! I hope you enjoy it! It's so nice that you also have the chance to meet her! Fun!

Susan said...

I'd love to hear what you think of Station Eleven. I started reading it but it was a library book and then a bunch of things came up and I had to return it before I had a chance to really get into it. I'm debating whether or not to try again. Good luck with the challenge!

746books said...

I read Oscar Wao, Goon Squad and Rabbit Run a couple of years ago - loved two and hated one, but I don't want to say which! Thanks so much for joining in, it's a great list.

Sierra Abrams said...

How fun!! I want to join but....I'm going to China in July so I'm not sure I'd be able to keep up. So cool, though, and I'm going to have to check out some of the books on your list. Have fun, and keep us updated!

Sierra @ Yearning to Read

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

I would LOVE to go to China someday Sierra! Enjoy your adventure!!

Brona Joy said...

Very diverse books - good luck with being a spontaneous listographer :-)

Cleo Bannister said...

A great mixture of books - the only one I've read is Gone Girl; I fell in the camp of those who loved it so I hope you do too. I do like this challenge, everyone has such a wide selection of books so I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone else gets on. said...

Have fun! I'm definitely avoiding this one, but I'm enjoying seeing everyone sign up for it. I've only read Gone Girl from your list and can't wait to hear your thoughts on it.

fictionfanblog said...

Just popping through from Cathy's blog to say hello to a fellow summer challenger. I've only read a couple from your list, Rabbit, Run and Station Eleven - will be interested to hear what you think of them.

Have a great reading summer, and I look forward to reading your reviews. :)

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