20 Books of Summer is an annual reading extravaganza hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. Now, you might have noticed that I just wrote “20 Books of Summer” but the graphic above reads “10 Books of Summer.” That’s because there are options for us slow and/or indecisive readers. I have a plan, mostly, and it should result in me reading at least 10 books cover to cover between June 1st and September 1st. (Finished Books of Summer are denoted with the ✅. Current count: 10/10!)
Rest of May
I want to “clear my stack” (sort of), so by Monday, May 30th, I’d like to finish:
- Mosses from an Old Manse by Nathaniel Hawthorne – My Classics Club Spin book. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale – A library book due next Monday. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- The Call of Stories by Robert Coles – My morning writing book. FINISHED & Reviewed!
My June plan:
- Finish God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert – This is in-progress, part of my Dune readathon. I’ve been reading a chapter-a-day. It’s gotten rough. I have a hundred pages left. Pray for me. Update, 6/4//21: FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ That wasn’t on the list! All the Flavors by Ken Liu. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- Start Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert. At a chapter a day, I will finish this in July, so I’m counting this as part of my Books of Summer TBR.
- ✅ The Hypno-Ripper: Or, Jack the Hypnotically Controlled Ripper; Containing Two Victorian Era Tales Dealing with Jack the Ripper and Hypnotism, edited by Donald K Hartman – Review copy, Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ Switch out!
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules VerneA Thin Ghost and Others by M. R. James – I blame Dale who is recently posting about M. R. James stories. Classics Club, Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ That wasn’t on the list! The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science by John Tresch. FINISHED & Reviewed!
July is the #Trekathon! I’m terrible at prompt-based readathons, but I’m pro-Trek, so here we are!
Prompts and choices:
- ✅ Lieutenant Commander Scott (Chief Engineer) — Read a book either set somewhere you’ve never been or somewhere you’ve never read about.
- I’m going to start out by bringing up Scotty. He can boost the transporter so I have the option of doubling up on reads. Also, this is an ARC debuting on the 10th, so I’d like to get it read first: Zhiguai: Chinese True Tales of the Paranormal and Glitches in the Matrix, Yi Izzy Yu (Translator and Editor) & John Yu Branscum. Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ I’m slumping so I obviously need some medical help: Nurse Chapel (Head Nurse) — Read a book with a face on the cover.
- The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo by Zen Cho. (Update 7/15) Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ Captain Kirk (Commanding Officer) — Read a 5-Star prediction. Eh, expendable. 😉 Seriously, 5-star reads are pretty rare for me; I’ll evaluate when the time comes.
Update 7/1/21: I’m going to say that Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark is close to being a 5-star prediction for me, so if I get the chance, I’ll beam the captain up too.Change of plan! Shocking, I know. I’ll next beam up the captain and Yeoman Rand — Read a book with a red cover.
- Jay’s Journal of Anomalies by Ricky Jay – This has the added benefit of being nonfiction. The subject and author mean it’s going to be pretty closet to a five star read for me. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- ✅ I took emergency action and managed to beam up Commander Spock (Executive Officer/ Science Officer) — Read a Science Fiction book & Lieutenant Uhura (Communications Officer) — Read a book everyone’s talking about.
I don’t have a thought for this prompt so instead I’m going to use the readathon group read: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. Books of Summer TBR.
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells — Certainly a science fiction book and author with a lot of buzz. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- Reverse the polarity, Scotty! And beam up three: Lieutenant Sulu (Helmsman) — Read a book with a weapon on the cover, Doctor McCoy (Chief Medical Officer) — Read a book featuring death or a character injury,
- The Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow Actually, I don’t *know* that there is death or character injury in this book, but it’s a good bet. Definitely some weapons on the cover! Books of Summer TBR.
I’m going to read an actual Star Trek book for this one, the last vestages of my mom’s collection: The Pandora Principle by Carolyn Clowes. Books of Summer TBR.
- Once more Mr. Scott! . And Ensign Chekov (Navigator) — Read a YA or MG book.
- The Mesmerist by Ronald L. Smith. Books of Summer TBR.
Also, if I keep to my chapter-a-day plan, I’ll be starting Chapterhouse Dune in late July and finishing it in mid-September. So, this probably won’t count for 10 Books of Summer.
August & Morning Reading
- ✅ Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury – My next morning writing book. At an essay or so a day, it shouldn’t take me too long. Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen – Morning “writing” text. Books of Summer TBR.
- ✅ Green Shadows, White Whale – Morning “writing” text. Books of Summer TBR. FINISHED & Reviewed!
- The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe – A Classics Club pick that I’d like to get through this year. Books of Summer TBR.
- The Magic Square by John Gaspard – Should be fun summer read! Books of Summer TBR.
Books that I’m “currently reading” that I’d like to finish this summer:
- Books of Blood (vols 2 & 3) by Clive Barker
- Sad Monsters by Frank Lesser
- Early Poems by William Carlos Williams – which I’m also reading periodically in the mornings.
- The Ceremonies by T.E.D. Klein
- And the usual short story or two per week.
That is a pretty ambitions plan, and I tend to wan during the summer.
Also, the list might get jumbled up when I find out what the Trekathon prompt are. I love making a good list, but, as always, it’s subject to change!