Summer Reading Challenge Update

Last time I was late, now I’m early. I know we’re not quite at the end of the month, but my list is changing by the minute so I feel the need to keep you updated. Next week I’ll be far from home and as I’m slowly gathering my bags in preparation of the trip I’m also assessing my books and my reading plans. Just in case you’re wondering, I’m pretty confident to find good wifi along the way so I don’t plan to go off-line anytime soon.

Completed: 12 books, I’m right on track, not early not late (phew)!

  • 1. Fair Warning by Michael Connelly
  • 2. A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie
  • 3. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • 6. Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  • 11. Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope) by Ann Cleeves
  • 14. Modiano: Suspended Sentences by Modiano
  • 18. The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë by Du Maurier
  • 12. Death Is Now My Neighbor (Inspector Morse) by Colin Dexter: to be reviewed
  • 16. The Secret History by Donna Tartt: to be reviewed
  • 5. Ghost Music by An Yu: to be reviewed
  • 20. 1 book by Emily St. John Mandel: Last Night in Montreal: to be reviewed
  • 15. Rue Des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person) by Modiano: to be reviewed

Started at various stages, I’m committed to finish them!

  • 4. Red snow in December by Simone van der Vlugt: a chunkster, but easy to read I’m at 20%…
  • 8. A short story collection by Ruth Rendell: Piranha to Scurfy: almost done!

Not started but sticking to the original plan…

  • 7. The Journey Home and Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker – I have a Persephone edition and I’ll keep it for when I’m back from travelling because I don’t want to ruin my nice copy!
  • 10. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell – Kindle edition
  • 17. The Scapegoat by Du Maurier – Kindle edition

Not started and going for a big switch

  • 19. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood: it’s not that I didn’t get the library copy, but it’s based on Shakespeare’s Tempest, which I haven’t seen or read, so I don’t think I can deal with it. I’m replacing it by a graphic novel: Le Tambour de la Moskova by Simon Spruyt, an impulse pick-up from the library due to its wonderful colors.
  • 13. My wild card: I had lots of serious options, but all physical copies. I’m switching to a Kindle non-fiction I’ve been wanting to get to for a while: The Whole Picture: The colonial story of the art in our museums… and why we need to talk about it by Alice Procter.
  • 9. A Game of Hide and Seek by Elizabeth Taylor: another physical copy I want to replace by a cosy (cozier?) read: I have an ARC copy of Unnatural Ends by Christopher Huang, and it has some Agatha Christie vibes written all over it. I noticed that it doesn’t have a great score on GR, but I want to pack a mystery for my holidays…

I still want to read Elizabeth Taylor and Margaret Atwood but that will be for fall. Any other books that you’re wisely postponing in favor of easy reads?

4 thoughts on “Summer Reading Challenge Update

  1. The beauty of this challenge is the customization…great progress! I am not sticking to my list entirely – I’ve decided against one book and abandoned two so far. But I’ve read 6/15 so far so that’s good!

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