My 10 Books of Summer


It’s been a little quiet around here for the past days. Unfortunately, I got sick last week and missed the second half of Angela Carter Week. I’ll catch up reading reviews and answering comments in the coming days. I also have a few reviews to write. While I was too sick to read last week, I was able to get my summer reading plans lined up. As much as I would like to join Cathy at 746books and her 20 Books of Summer challenge, it is unrealistic to think I can read 20 books by September. My summers are no less hectic than the rest of the year. But I shamelessly borrowed Cathy’s graphic for my 10 Books of Summer. Here’s what I have planned:

In order to get through my 12 books for my TBR Pile Challenge, I plan to read:

  1. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
  2. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  3. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

For my Around the World in 12 Books challenge, I have:

  1. Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  2. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

I’m combining The Estella Project with two titles from my Classics Club list:

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

With Cathy at 746books, I plan to read:

  1. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

I have a read-along for July, hosted by Hamlette at The Edge of the Precipice:

  1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

I have one review copy to read:

10. Neverhome by Laird Hunt

I think this will keep me busy, but also allow me to add to it should something irresistible come my way.



  1. You have compiled an excellent list! Despite how often I’ve been told I’m not supposed to like it (for reasons I find silly,) I loved The Old Man and the Sea. And The God of Small Things is the book that pulled my out of a several-year reading slump. After my son was born in 1994, I didn’t read much but children’s books and parenting-related nonfiction. When Roy’s book came out, I picked it up on a whim and was transfixed. I was soon back on the reading horse, which was great timing, as my son, at 3, was now old enough to notice my reading and learn that reading is something people of all ages enjoy and that Mom has interests of her own. I will always have positive nostalgia for that book.

    Best of luck with your challenge!

    • You have a wonderful personal story tied to Roy’s book. Now I am especially looking forward to reading it. I am not so sure about Hemingway… I have had a hard relating to what he writes, or rather to how he writes. I’m hoping that a read-along will help me “get” the book.

  2. I adored The God Of Small Things, although it’s been quite a few years since I’ve read it so I’m looking forward to hearing what you think. I’ll keep you posted when I’m going to read The House of Mirth, really looking forward to it….

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