Summer Reading Plans: The 20 Books of Summer and Summer Reading Events Galore


20 Books of Summer


I’ve been working on my reading list for the next few months, and I think I’m finally happy with my selection of titles.  I know I want to read something for Spanish Lit Month in July, hosted by Winstonsdad and Caravana de recuerdos – specifically something for the sub-theme of Marquez week in week 4.  I also want to include several books for the Japanese Literature Challenge 8 (June ’14- January ’15) hosted again by Dolce Bellezza.  I should also get in at least one more book toward my list for Roof Beam Reader‘s year-long TBR Pile Challenge.  I also have my Classics Club Spin book to finish and a few pre-selected titles for book groups.  So I needed to keep all those goals in mind when choosing my summer reads.

I normally average 4-5 books read per month – more if I end up with several shorties in a month or get sucked into a graphic novel.  So I expected to eat through perhaps 12-15 books during June, July and August.  So when I read about 746 Books’ 20 Books of Summer Challenge, I figured 20 would be an unrealistic goal for me.  But then I remembered that the next round of Bout of Books runs August 18-24!  During the week of the read-a-thon, it is likely that I’ll burn through 5-10 short books, (I’ve learned that the sense of accomplishment that comes from finishing short works and story collections really motivates me to keep reading during marathon events.) which makes a 20-book list a much more attainable goal for the summer.

So… here is my intended summer reading list.  I’m keeping with 746 Books’ plan of ending my challenge on September 6.  (For anyone interested who may find 20 books daunting, there is also a 10-book version with graphic posted down the page here.)

Note:  If for some reason I don’t end up getting a copy of the new Haruki Murakami when the US version comes out in August, I’ll have to sub in another book and read the H.M. later.


20 Books of Summer sm


  1. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
  2. An Imaginary Life by David Malouf
  3. As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams: Recollections of a Woman in Eleventh-Century Japan by “Lady Sarashina”
  4. Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates
  5. Budapest by Chico Buarque
  6. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  7. From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus
  8. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  9. Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
  10. Pastoralia by George Saunders
  11. Popular Hits of the Showa Era by Ryū Murakami
  12. The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
  13. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  14. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  15. The Martian by Andy Weir
  16. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  17. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
  18. The Third Man by Graham Greene
  19. Weight by Jeanette Winterson
  20. Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong



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