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20 Books of Summer – 2022 edition – Reading Matters


As per usual, I’m a bit late in announcing this, but I’m pleased to say that I’m going to be participating in # 20BooksOfSummer once again. (Mind you, it’s winter here, so I am using the revised logo that Brona created to reflect this.)

If you do not already know, this annual “challenge” is run by Cathy, who blogs at 746 Books. The idea is to read 20 books (or a nominated amount less than this) from your TBR between 1 June and 1 September.

I have previously found it an excellent way to tackle those books that have been lying on my shelves untouched for years. This year I’m hoping to use it as additional motivation because I’ve developed a library habit and around 65% of what I have read since January has been borrowed from Fremantle Library. While this has been good for my finances, it’s been terrible for my TBR – I have barely made a dent in it all year!

Here’s a pile of books I’d love to get stuck into:

  • ‘England, Your England’ by George Orwell (essays; British)
  • ‘My Brother Jack’ by George Johnston (literary fiction; Australian)
  • ‘Sean O’Beirne on Helen Garner’ (essay; Australian)
  • ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo (literary fiction; British)
  • ‘Assembly’ by Natasha Brown (literary fiction; British)
  • ‘Grand Days / Edith trilogy’ by Frank Moorhouse ^ (literary fiction; Australian)
  • ‘Ceremony’ by Leslie Marmon Silko * (literary fiction; American)
  • ‘The Luck of Ginger Coffey’ by Brian Moore (literary fiction; Irish)
  • ‘Midwinter Break’ by Bernard McLaverty (literary fiction; Irish)
  • ‘The Prophets’ by Robert Jones, Jnr (literary fiction; American)
  • ‘Suggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart (literary fiction; British)
  • ‘The Sawdust House’ by David Whish-Wilson (literary fiction; Australian)
  • ‘Another Day in the Colonies’ by Chelsea Watego * (non-fiction; Australian)
  • ‘Son of Sin’ by Omar Sakr (literary fiction; Australian)
  • ‘The Fisherman’ by Chigozie Obioma (literary fiction; Nigerian)
  • ‘Metronome’ by Tom Watson (dystopian; British)
  • ‘Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray: River of Dreams’ by Anita Heiss * (literary fiction; Australian)
  • ‘One Day I’ll Remember This’ by Helen Garner (memoir; Australian)

^ I’m counting this as three books and will be reading it as part of Brona’s readalong.

* These are by First Nations writers so will count these towards my own Reading First Nations Writers project and Lisa’s Indigenous Literature Week (July 3-10).

Note that Cathy’s pretty flexible with her “rules”, so I reserve the right to swap books out and read others from my physical and electronic TBR as and when the mood strikes me. I hasten to say that I seem to have already started something on my Kindle – ‘A Woman’ by Sibilla Aleramo – which I am sure will be the first of many swaps over the months ahead.

I’ve been doing this challenge since 2017, and last year was the first time I actually read an entire 20 books from my TBR. Will I be able to repeat the feat again? Only time will tell.

You can find out more about 20 Books of Summer and see who else is participating at Cathy’s blog.

Have you read any of the books I’ve chosen? Any suggestions on which one to start with first? Are you participating in # 20BooksofSummer?



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