Reading Challenge

20 Books of Summer 2021 – Wrap Up

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 ran from 1 June to 1 September.

Despite a bit of a slow start, I did – just! – manage to complete this year’s challenge, even managing to get all of my reviews out before 1 September. If I’m honest, that’s the bit that I find the most difficult in this challenge, and the last of those reviews was posted on 31 August, so it was a close thing but I did it! 💪 My planning very quickly went out of the window, however – I only managed to read seven of the titles that were on my planned list 😬 but there’s a lot of flexibility around the challenge and so this is totally fine! 😊

Here are the books that I did read with links to my reviews:

  1. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  2. All Her Fault by Andrea Mara
  3. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid
  4. The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach
  1. Safe House by Jo Jakeman
  2. The Thief on the Winged Horse by Kate Mascarenhas
  3. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides
  4. I Know What I Saw by Irman Mahmood
  1. Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey
  2. The Echo Chamber by John Boyne
  3. A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowtiz
  4. We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
  1. The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman
  2. The Betrayals by Bridget Collins
  3. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi translated by Jonathan Wright
  4. The Origins of Iris by Beth Lewis
  1. Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford
  2. Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce
  3. The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed
  4. The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

Did you take part in this year’s 20 Books of Summer challenge? How did you get on?


  1. Yay well done. I read all 20 of mine, just. I finished the last one just before midnight on 31st August! Completely different books to the ones I was intending. And you are doing better than me as I’ve not reviewed them all yet either.

    1. Thank you! I’m usually ok getting the 20 books read, but reviewing them is another matter!

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