746 Books has set up a Summer Reading Challenge for 2019, that has sufficient flexibility to entice me. Starting from today, the 3rd June, readers can join the 20 Books of Summer challenge, and set themselves a number of books by September 3rd.
Okay, so resolutions wise, I’ve not got a good record. But, despite that title, 746 Books has generously promised to be flexible. Not only do we have the option to choose our own number, we can make changes to our list.
Ambition aside, I’ve decided to be realistic, so I’m halving the original and aiming to name 10 books for my summer read. That should clear a little space.
Which books to choose, though? The beauty of this challenge is in the planning. There may be time for a little random side-reading along the way, but the ten books need to be listed at the start. How else will I set a measure for my progress?
I’ve put some effort into working this out. I’ve looked at the lists other, better-prepared people have already posted, and I’ve made notes. Some are planning to go with a theme. Interesting, but I don’t think that will work for me. I like random.
Another tip I picked up on is to include some children’s or Young Adult books, to provide variety of tone and length. That does appeal. There are several books I missed reading at the appropriate age.
As I gathered some of them, I found other books that have been waiting. Soon I had a dangerously leaning tower of reading. I resisted the twenty, though, and reverse my gathering process. That took time, too. It was tough, but here are my final choices.
Here’s my list (so far):
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- Pastors and Masters by Ivy Compton-Burnett
- Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
- The Thing Around your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
- The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
- Once Upon a Time in the North by Phillip Pullman
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- Charlotte’s Web by EB White
- The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
All I’ve got to do now is decide which order to read them in…