20 Books of Summer 2023!

However far I stray from this blog, I always come back for the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. It’s a habit now, and somehow it’s easier to read in the summer than the winter.

I didn’t agonize over my list this year. I picked 17 books off my Classics Club reading list and the next Miss Marple mystery. I’ve been reading a Miss Marple every summer for a while now and am nearly to the end of them. Chopping down the classics list was simple—the longest/densest books were cut, and I left two slots open in case they get to be a bit much.

I have a few more things on my plate this year than previous summers, but I’ve also gotten a whole lot better with scheduling, so we’ll see how this goes:

  1. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  2. At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie
  3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  4. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  6. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  7. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  8. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
  9. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
  10. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  11. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  12. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  13. Paradise by Toni Morrison
  14. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  15. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  16. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  17. Tess of the d’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy
  18. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  19. ???
  20. ???

I was worried about the page count at first, but I have a few of these on audiobook so I’ll be able to “read” on my commute. Peter Capaldi reads Watership Down!

Happy Summer!

3 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2023!”

    1. It’s so much fun revisiting books! I’ve enjoyed reading some books I read in high school; after 20 years, it’s like reading them for the first time. Some stories resonate differently when read as a teenager vs. an adult. It’s also much nicer to read the required books at a leisurely pace and not worry about homework or quizzes. 🙂

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