Shall I or Shall I Not? (Summer Challenge)

I rarely venture into reading challenges because I can’t hold myself to the discipline when there are so many books vying for my interest out there.

But Laila from Big Reading Life made it more accessible for me, and all of a sudden, I might decide to join Cathy’s summer challenge (from 746 books), after all! What? Committing to 20 books between the beginning of June and the end of August, when the schedule is the most unpredictable, and when I even might not be close to my books and to my computer?

The trick is that Laila is not deciding all the 20 books all at once, she gives herself some “wiggle room” as she says. The proverbial light bulb went on in my mind! I want some wiggle room too! That was the exact thing that stopped me from joining the challenge, because if I needed to commit to 20 titles right now, I would probably take 2.5 months to decide !

But if I decide for, let’s say… 15… 12… 10? And then decide later for the rest, while leaving that beloved… “wiggle room” for library books and last minute switches, then all of a sudden 20 books are not so daunting anymore! Let’s see if I can gather a solide base (in no particular order):

  1. Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit
  2. Magda Szabo, The Door
  3. Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet
  4. Han Kang, The Vegetarian
  5. Karen Maitland, Company of Liars
  6. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  7. Ann Cleeves, The Darkest evening
  8. Simone van der Vlugt, Red Snow in December
  9. Pierre Bayard, Aurais-je été résistant ou bourreau?
  10. Sylvia Townsend Warner, English Climate, Wartime stories

These 10 books are all physical copies I own, and some are large format (which may not be suitable for August when we will do our yearly family trip). So the rest of the 10 slots will be made of library books, ARCs or e-books. Among them I still have the goal to complete with each of my sons the big book we have started: The Three Musketeers for my older son and the first tome of the Lord of the Rings with my younger son. That would be great if it was done before they start school again but it’s an ambitious goal as both books are currently on stand-by.

What about your summer reading plans?

7 thoughts on “Shall I or Shall I Not? (Summer Challenge)

  1. Hamnet’s on my summer TBR. I made my list longer than 20 books so I had some wiggle room, but also wanted to try and restrict myself a little bit as I do get stuck picking what to read next sometimes. The perils of such a large TBR!

  2. Pingback: Summer Challenge Update: the Trepidation | Smithereens

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