My 15 Books of Summer


Cathy over at 746books is once again hosting her 20 Books of Summer challenge, running from June into early September. I’ve had such a hard time settling down with one book, any book, for the past few months that I am planning to be a little flexible with my choice of books. I’m also taking advantage of the 15 Books option. I’m also for now only listing 10 of the books I’d like to read. So, here we go…

For my 12 Germans in 2016 project, I plan to read Julia Franck’s The Blindness of the Heart, Wolfgang Herrndorf’s Why We Took the Car, and Alina Bronsky’s The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine.

For my Back to the Classics project, I would like to read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (readalong over at Dolce Bellezza in June!), Dorothy West’s The Wedding, and Gertrude Bell’s A Woman in Arabia.

For the #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks project, I picked Helen Dunmore’s A Spell of Winter, Maggie O’Farrell’s Instructions for a Heatwave, and Tendai Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare.

I have Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True, Nathaniel Philbrick’s Valiant Ambition, and Sarah-Jane Stratford’s Radio Girls to finish.

And in August, I want to focus on women in translation again, with Dubravka Ugresic’s The Ministry of Pain, Nina Berberova’s The Book of Happiness, and Marguerite Duras’ The Lover.

Ooops, that’s 15 books right there. Well, we’ll see how it goes and what might strike my fancy as we go along.

Which books do you plan to read this summer?



  1. Nice list. I just posted my 15 books for summer too. But none of ours overlap this season. I’m interested in anything by Philbrick. So I’ll look for your review of that one!

  2. I Know This Much Is True is such a good book! I’ve just finished Frankenstein, which I’ve never read in summer before; I think it’s better read in autumn, even though Mary Shelley’s idea for it came on June 16.

  3. You have all these challenges that help you read more widely! Once I’m done with all of my ARCs that I’ve been sent, I’d love to get into some challenges and follow along with other bloggers.

  4. An intriguing and challenging list! Interested to see Radio Girls on there – I was sent an unsolicited copy of it and hadn’t heard of it, but the blurb sounds good. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it… 🙂

  5. Good luck with your list and I hope it brings you lots of happy reading – I particularly hope you enjoy Frankenstein as it is my favourite classic horror. I am hoping to take part in this event too, however at the 10 level as I think above that would be too ambitious for me 🙂

  6. Good luck, that’s an interesting list. I read the Wally Lamb about 10 years ago and Instructions for a Heatwave which is excellent. Can’t remember if I read that Helen Dunmore but I do like her writing. Happy reading.

  7. I do enjoy browsing everyone’s choices for Cathy’s event even though I’m probably too fickle a reader to stick to any sort of fixed reading list of my own! Good plan to mix it up a bit by including titles from your other projects and areas of interest. I’m very curious to see what you think of Julia Franck’s book. I read Back to Back when it appeared on the IFFP list in 2014 and some of the scenes have really stayed with me.

  8. I have a commitment problem when it comes to following lists of books. But I was noticing that I still have a pile of library books, many of which I really want to read before I have to take them back Aug.2nd. So, they could go on the list, right? And, if I went with the 10 Books of Summer, then I’d have lots of freedom. So, I am working on a list, but it might take me a few more days.

    Your list looks like a lot of fun – so much variety! I think I’m most intrigued by the last three. Maybe I should join that event, too. I loved reading about everyone’s choices last year.

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