Reading Challenge

20 Books of Summer 2020

Hosted by Cathy at 746books, 20 Books of Summer is an annual challenge to read and review 20 books from your TBR.  This year, the challenge runs from 1 June to 1 September.

I love Cathy’s relaxed approach to the rules, which are definitely more guidelines than anything else.  You start with a list of 20 (or 15 or 10) books, and try to read them in the specified time frame.  The books you select can change, and, if you don’t want to specify the full number at the outset, that’s completely fine.

I took part last year, and while I read the required number of books, I didn’t quite post all of my reviews in time! 😳

I’ve made an initial selection of books, but I full expect these to change during the challenge!  Still, it’s good to at least pretend that I have a plan, right?!

  • Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • Who Did You Tell? by Lesley Kara
  • Silver by Chris Hammer
  • The Glass Woman by Carolina Lea
  • Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan
  • The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman
  • The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman
  • Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik
  • True Story by Kate Reed Petty
  • To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan
  • The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
  • The Search Party by Simon Lelic
  • Daughters of Night by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
  • City of Spies by Mara Timon
  • The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
  • The 24-Hour Café by Libby Page
  • High Fire by Eoin Colfer
  • The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  • In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
  • The Foundling by Stacey Halls

Wish me luck! 😎


    1. Thank you! It’s a great challenge – I love how relaxed Cathy is on the rules. Good luck!

  1. Good luck, Jo. Sarah Ward’s books are wonderful and I can’t wait to read Silver. Looking forward to hearing what you think xx

    1. Thank you, Emma! I’ve been wanting to read Sarah Ward’s books for a long time, so really looking forward to that one! x

    1. Thank you, Hayley. Even if I don’t complete the challenge, I’ve got some great books to look forward to x

  2. Good luck with your list! I haven’t heard of this one before so might have a look. Loads of great books here 🙂

    1. Do take a look! It really is the most relaxed challenge there is, and a great excuse to read. Not that we need one… 😉

    1. Thank you, Nicki! I can guarantee that there will be changes, but I’ve got some excellent reading coming up! x

    1. I have high expectations for both having enjoyed previous novels by Libby Page and Simon Lelic!

  3. Great selection. I’ve read a few of these such as Highfire and The 24 Hour Cafe. There are a few I wouldn’t mind reading too. Have fun 🙂

    1. Thank you! I’m excited by so many of these – it looks like an excellent book-filled summer 🙂

  4. Hey! Its the first time I am taking part. Can you tell me if when we have to post the reviews if the books that we have read?? Plz

    1. Hi there! You can post the reviews whenever you like within the 90 day challenge window.

      Hope that helps, and best of luck with the challenge.

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