Since the pandemic-caused work-from-home began on 3/17/20, I have moved my laptop and self from the den (too hot in the summer although adding a bird feeder to the window provided entertainment and extended my loathing of the squirrels trying to access the birdseed) to the dining room (too cold in the winter, I had to remove the tablecloth lest the space heater set it on fire) and finally to the small office (which the realtor pretended was a bedroom), which first had to be massively tidied.In February, I separated the piles of books on the floor into three piles: to be read, to be given away, and to be shelved. I always have many library books waiting to be read (and this year several papers to be written) so the only book from this assortment I have read so far was The Goldfinch (admittedly 771 pages but mostly worth it) so why not incorporate this TBR box of books into the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge being hosted by 746 Books?
The goal is to list 20 books of your own choosing and see if you can read them between June 1 and September 1. There aren't many rules, you can drop a book if you like, or reduce your number from 20 to 15 or 10, whatever suits you. I decided I would pick 17 books from my TBR box with my eyes closed and see what I get, plus three library books:
Quieter Than Sleep by Joanne Dobson (1997)
Their Finest by Lissa Evans (2017)
Haven Point by Virginia Hume (2021)
The Light Over London by Julia Kelly (2019)
Gale Force * by Owen Laukkanen (2018)
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (2012)
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (2020)
The Venetian House by Mary Nickson (2004)
The Midshipman and the Rajah by Marjorie Phillips (1963)
The Long Way Home by Robin Pilcher (2010)
Rooftoppers # by Katherine Rundell (2013)
Eden Falls by Jane Sanderson (2013)
Have you read any of these? Here are Cathy’s list, Tracy’s list, Liz D's list, Cath’s list, and Katrina's list, all of whom I follow. It's fun to see what others plan to read over the next few months. Is anyone else I know participating? The issue for me is not whether I will read 20 books this summer but if I will have time to blog about them. Although this new suspense novel by Stacey Abrams has 685 holds in various formats at my library so it might take the entire summer for my copy to appear! I am possibly more curious about that book than anything else on the list.After I started writing this post, my department got the news we have to go physically back to work. Managers have to go back on June 14th (presumably to be role models? that is two weeks away!) and staff on July 6th. It takes me nearly an hour on public transportation to travel less than 6 miles but normally I read on the bus and subway. However, no one wants to be on the subway right now so I will be driving to work and will need audiobook suggestions because traffic has resumed in a big way.
# Library books