20 Books of Summer Challenge TBR

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another TBR, however this one is a little bit different in that instead of trying to read these books in a month long period, I am going to read them over a period of three months.

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer Challenge, and when I heard about it, I knew I had to participate. It is fairly straight forward, the goal is to read 20 books from June 1st – September 1st and write reviews for each of them and post them in the 93 day period. You can choose any books you want, and you don’t even have to stick to your TBR, you can switch books out as you go along. You can also decrease the number of books to 15 or 10 if you find that 20 books is too much.

This sounded like a lot of fun, and I have been working and reworking my TBR and how I wanted to go about choosing it. It took a while, but I came up with a plan…even though it was somewhat convoluted. I decided to build my TBR by using the Random sort option of Want To Read books on Goodreads – however, I had some parameters I wanted to set for myself:

  • I must own the book, or be able to get a physical copy of it from my local library.
  • If a book has been recently published or is about to be released, it has to be on order at my library (with the hopes that it gets processed in time for me to read it.)
  • Only fiction books are allowed – mainly, because I find it hard to review Non-fiction books because I find I can never do them justice.
  • I can only include one or two books over 450 pages.
  • In the event that a book is not available at the library, or it is a non-fiction, or I have already filled my two 450+ pages spots, I will choose the next entry on the list…or keep moving down the list until an “eligible” book is found.
  • After picking a book, I will refresh the page and choose the first eligible entry that shows on the list.

However, I had a fun time creating the list, and ended up picking 100 books…and there is no way I can read 100 books in three months. So I decided to put each title onto a spreadsheet and then use a number generator to decide which 20 books I would read. I also picked 5 extra books in the event that if a book is on order at the library and doesn’t come in on time, or if I DNF a book, or if I just decide I want to mix and match. Like I said, my method for creating this list was convoluted, but I did have a lot of fun doing it.

I am hoping to stick to this list throughout the summer, however, I think what I will do is reevaluate at the end of June whether I want to change things up or not, and then decide from there what I would like to do. But you’re not here to read how I chose my TBR, you’re probably here to see what it is that I decided to read, without further ado here are the 20 books I am planning on reading for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge plus the 5 books that will be in reserve for one reason or another.

  1. The 12 Brides of Summer Collection by Various Authors

2. A Week at the Shore by Barbara Delinsky


3. Grown-up Pose by Sonya Lalli

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4. Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

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5. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan


6. The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

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7. Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston


8. The Silver Needle Murder by Laura Childs

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9. As the Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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10. The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur


11. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark


12. The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White


13. When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson


14. The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

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15. Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

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16. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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17. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria


18. William Shakespeare’s Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher


19. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

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20. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

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My Five “Emergency” Books:

  1. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson


3. Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal


4. Scones & Bones by Laura Childs

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5. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay

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And these are all the books (plus a few extras, just in case) that I am planning on reading for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.

3 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Challenge TBR

  1. I LOVE how you chose your twenty by random generator! What a great list. I loved The Perfect Nanny, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Good luck and happy reading!


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