A friendly Mastonaut tagged me for a reading challenge “20 books of summer”, from the 746books blog.
It’s a friendly challenge, with no strict rules, other than just reading books during the summer: “Set a list in advance. Make it twenty. Or ten if that feels better. Swap out books if that feels good.” I mean… the more I look at that list, the more I see a host for this challenge who is indeed “bend[ing] the rules to help anyone reach their goal.”
That suits me, because my tangible books will be on the move and physically unavailable to me from late June until they show up sometime in August I guess. But I do have plenty of books on my iPad and some stashed away in Libby, the library app, on my tsundoku pile.
Also, I LOVE that this is a blog where the comments are how you participate in the challenge. I feel like I’m back in 2009. Blogosphere was good. We still have blogs and RSS – that’s a rant for another day. Here is my list for the summer of 2023 reading:
- Indiana Jones in History: From Pompei to the Moon – Justin Jacobs
- Our Dreams Make Different Shapes: How Your Creativity Could Make the World a Better Place and Why the World Will Try to Stop You – Dan Holloway
- The Confession of Brother Haluin (Cadfael series) – Ellis Peters
- Dead Famous – Greg Jenner
- The Memory of Love– Aminatta Forna
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
- The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
- The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture – Richard von Glahn
- This Is Marketing – Seth Godin
- Ilias: Wrok in Troje – vertaling Patrick Lateur
That’s a couple of books I already started, a few I heard the name of but don’t really know what to expect at all, a few that have been on my “really should read this” list, one that slipped through the Africana Book Club so I’m reading it now myself. Some fiction, some non-fiction, some translation, some China, some history, some world literature. A nice variety. Now… I need to pin this list up so I don’t lose sight of my goal!