I can’t believe that summer is already over (or almost, I’m still hoping at an Indian summer). I don’t really mind going back to work, as I need some routine to function properly, but I’m a bit sad that autumn is here.
This also means I must look back at my first participation of #20booksofsummer. This challenge is hosted by Cathy of 746 books. In May, I made a list of 20 books of which I have tried to read as many books as possible by the end of August. I aimed to read somewhere between 10 and 20 books during the three summer months and I hoped to finish around 10 of the 20 books I originally chose. This means that there was some space to pick up other books not on the list. And haha, of course I didn’t stick to the list completely. But how did I do? Let’s look back, month by month.
I started off strong, finishing four books in June. And you won’t believe it, but all of them appeared on my original list! 🤩 That wasn’t too hard as ‘The vanishing witch‘ and ‘the crimson ribbon‘ were part of my library haul in May, I read ‘Far from the madding crowd‘ for the Classic club and ‘Cecily‘ was a review copy. But still, not bad at all.
Round-up June: finished 4 books in total, 4 from the original list.
And then came July. Bad weather forced me to read inside and I did read a lot. I finished 5 books, which is the highest number of books finished in one month this year. So great, this challenge is really helping me to read more. Or was it the weather? 🤔
Just one little comment: only 2/5 (The last daughter and ‘Plague land’) books appeared on my original list from May. But shht, I still did read a lot. And I have found some good excuses 😅. I was only approved for ‘Daughters of Sparta‘ after having made the list and both ‘Animals of Lockwood manor‘ and ‘The city tears‘ are from another library haul. So it just went a bit out of hand in the library. 🤫
Round-up June + July: finished 9 books in total, 6 from the original list.
And then came August, the month were I finished another solid 5 books and started a sixth one. I had two weeks off from work and as my boyfriend became ill, I did have much more time to read than I anticipated. 🤷♀️ I even managed to pick up three more books from my original list. ‘Captive queen’ and ‘A thousand ships’ were available at the library. As was the newest Tatiana de Rosnay (title not yet available in English) which I finished in one day.
I finally managed to read ‘The scarlet contessa’, one of the books I was looking forward most to read, but other books always took precedence. Not this summer, I enjoyed it a lot! ‘Treasure island‘ was my classic clubs spin result and in the meantime I’ve started another classic novel, ‘Lolita’ from Nabokov.
- 14 books finished, one started
- I finished 9 books from my original list (so not the hoped for 10, but I was almost there :))
- I have written the reviews of all the books I’ve finished so far, they will be published in the upcoming weeks.
I highly enjoyed participating in this challenge. Thanks again to Cathy for organizing and I hope to rejoin for the summer of 2022!