Okay, I’ve been hemming and hawing over Cathy’s post over at 746 Books, “20 Books of Summer.” I’ve never done a challenge or read-a-long or anything like that at Grab the Lapels because I wanted my site to be strictly business. But I’ve discovered over the last year that one way to share business is by partaking in group reading activities. Based on what I see, many bloggers are devoted to one another because they did a challenge or read-a-long together.
“But 20 books?” I thought. That’s so many. And how will I keep on track with reviewing? There were two big reads I knew way back during winter that I wanted to get through this summer: the entire Anne of Green Gables (that’s 8 books) and The Brothers Karamazov (a Russian doorstop). Okay, so that’s 9 books total. What would the other 11 be?
It turns out I have 9 books left that have been sent to me from publishers/authors. Just 9. It feels like relief is just around the corner, if only I can finish these 9 books! There was a time when my ARC list was backlogged by a year — when GTL opened its doors, a lot of people wanted in. But when I’m done with these 9 books, I can get to some of the books I’ve been wanting to read that I purchased for myself (yes, I keep it to a minimum, and all the books are located on one small shelf). Most of the books I purchase are from used shops and by authors that will help me keep up in my field. When I teach literature, it’s usually Black Lit of America or Contemporary Domestic Fiction, so having books about or by authors in the field is useful to teaching. The other time I tend to buy books is at author readings — and I want to hurry up and read more of them.
Recently, I joined a book club to make friends. We read one novel per month, so there are the other 2 books, totalling 20 novels for the summer of 2016. So, Cathy, here I come*!
These are my 20 books of summer:
- Harley and Me by Bernadette Murphy
- On Air by Robin Stratton
- Girls of Usually by Lori Horvitz
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (*might change ranking due to when book club meets)
- Single Stroke Seven by Lavinia Ludlow
- Of Zen and Men by Robin Stratton
- Retelling by Tsipi Keller
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Thirteenth Earl by Evelyn Pryce
- Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
- Terror in Taffeta by Marla Cooper (*might change ranking due to when book club meets)
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Anne of Avonlea
- Anne of the Island
- Anne of Windy Poplars
- Anne’s House of Dreams
- Anne of Ingleside
- Rainbow Valley
- Rilla of Ingleside
- The Brothers Karamzov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
*Not all of these books will be reviewed on Grab the Lapels, as I have a strict “no dudes allowed” book review policy. For books by men, I will write the review on Goodreads and share on Twitter with Cathy’s #20booksofsummer hashtag.
*Update: I changed #9 and #11 because I realized I had four Robin Stratton ARCs on this list. I’m going to spread out my reviews of Robin’s books a little more and save In His Genes and Blue or Blue Skies for fall.