20 Books of Summer




I decided to participate in 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. I am not a fast reader and 20 seems a bit daunting. However, I can see myself reading a lot of books this summer and as Cathy says, you can go for 10 or 15—the point is to have fun and it WAS fun gathering up all the books to choose from! I will try and read as many of these as I can between June 1 and September 1 and we’ll see what happens. I will claim right here, right now: The final total, whatever it may be, will be a win 🙂

Maybe I’ll see you there?!!

So here is my list:

  1. Otherlands: A Journey Through Earth’s Extinct World’s, Thomas Halliday
  2. Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, Michelle Nijhuis
  3. Mere Christianity, CS Lewis
  4. The Cloud of Unknowing, Anonymous
  5. Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel, Thomas Keating
  6. Grave Goods, Arianna Franklin
  7. Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
  8. The Angel’s Game, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  9. The Snow Leopard, Peter Matthiessen
  10. Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, Thich Nhat Hanh
  11. The War in the Air, HG Wells
  12. A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  13. My First Summer in the Sierra, John Muir
  14. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
  15. Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck
  16. The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain
  17. Magic Lessons, Alice Hoffman
  18. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
  19. The Golden Calf, Helene Tursten
  20. Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of CS Lewis, Michael Ward

20 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer

  1. Good luck with these, Laurie, some worthwhile stuff there! I’ve only read three of these, the titles by Austen, Ward and Ruiz Zafón. I mostly enjoyed the latter, following the action on a modern map of Barcelona (though the modern street names are Catalan and the novel’s are in Castilian Spanish) – but the climax I remember as being a bit unfocused. The Austen and the Ward are both great, though, each in their own way.

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    1. (I just found this in the spam folder-I usually check it every couple of days, because this has happened before to you! So sorry about this)

      These two books seems to be on others’ tbr or favorites, so I am hoping they’ll be fun reads for me, too.

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  2. Lots of books to “sink your teeth into”….bravo for an amazing list!
    I will definitely investigate 18 books on the list….I’ve only read Jane Austin and Mark Twain.
    This challenge always manages to lift my reading spirits after at times a stressful (world news, pandemic etc) during the first six months of the year. Books lift us up….

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