10 Books of Summer ’21 & #TrekAThon

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 Verne A 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.
  • 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!

18 thoughts on “10 Books of Summer ’21 & #TrekAThon

  1. Ti

    The Bradbury looks interesting.

    I am like you, I am usually pretty busy in the summer so my reading lags a little. I am hoping my 10 book list will keep me somewhat on track.

      1. Ti

        I do not suffer from SADD but I cannot deal with the 115 degree temps that Ca has had for a few years now. I’m sorry you suffer during the summer. That has to be pretty awful.

  2. Care

    I like how strategic you are in planning for certain months. Though I’m aghast at how fast time is flying, I’m glad it is June. I like the feeling that it is a brand new month.

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