20 Books of Summer 2020 – Akylina

Summer is just around the corner, and although this year’s summer is going to be very different due to the pandemic, we can still find comfort and solace in our books. For this reason, I decided to participate in 20 Books of Summer, organised by the lovely Cathy at 746books.

I have chosen some books that I planned to read this year, an assortment of review copies, murder mysteries, Japanese literature, fantasy and translated literature. I love how versatile this challenge is, since it allows you to change the books you’ve initially chosen or even increase/decrease the number as you go. It’s still quite unclear how busy this summer will be for me at work, plus I have chosen some quite chunky books, so I’m always relieved at the idea that I can edit my TBR as I see fit. Also, June is my birthday month, and I do expect to acquire a few new books πŸ˜‰

So, without further ado, my current TBR for the 20 Books of Summer challenge is as follows:

1. The Infernal World of Branwell BrontΓ« by Daphne du Maurier
2. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
3. Where the Wild Ladies Are by Matsuda Aoko, tr. by Polly Barton
4. 1793 (published as The Wolf and the Watchman in English) by Niklas Natt och Dag, tr. in Greek by Grigoris Kondylis
5. Murder in the Museum by John Rowland
6. The Other Mrs. Walker by Mary Paulson-Ellis
7. The Yogini by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, tr. by Arunava Sinha
8. The Labours of Hercules by Agatha Christie
9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
10. Hide My Eyes by Margery Allingham
11. Breasts and Eggs by Kawakami Mieko, tr. by Sam Bett and David Boyd
12. Earthlings by Sayaka Murata, tr. by Ginny Tapley Takemori
13. The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao
14. The Muse by Jessie Burton
15. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara, tr. by Cathy Hirano
16. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
17. Strokes of Brush and Blade: Tales of the Samurai by Various
18. The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
19. Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
20. The Inugami Curse by Seishi Yokomizo, tr. by Yumiko Yamazaki


Are you participating in 20 Books of Summer? What are your summer reading plans?

17 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2020 – Akylina

  1. Hello Akylina – I read your list with interest – an wonderfully eclectic mix! I hesitate to add to my TBR list – since joining WordPress my list has trebled, at least. But I see Japanese titles there, and Indian I think, and I will add those as I’m definitely behind on Asian Literature. So many books . . . and On Not Buying Books I also saved my pocket money as a child – Enid Blyton being the author of choice between the years of 7 – 14. I bought comics too, my favourite being “School Friend” and the adventures of The Silent Three! Thanks for the posts.

    • Thank you for your lovely comment πŸ™‚ It’s so true, your TBR can get out of control sometimes. If you have access to a library, that’s a great way to read some of the titles you might not want to purchase. Do you have a favourite Japanese or Asian book/author?

    • Thank you, Karen! I’ve definitely been inspired to pick up more British Library Crime Classics after reading your posts πŸ˜‰

  2. Despite the quarantining and all, I do hope you have a wonderful birthday month when it comes. I’m not participating in this challenge because I’m never able to stick to my TBRs, but I would like to start on the Lady Trent books this summer.

    • Thank you so much, Zezee! The Lady Trent books are such a treat, I truly hope you enjoy them. I look forward to reading your thoughts once you get around to them πŸ™‚

    • I wish you the best of luck with your dissertation! You can also do 10 or 15 Books of Summer if you still decide to do it and want a shorter goal πŸ˜‰

    • That’s wonderful to hear! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so I’m really hoping it lives up to the expectations πŸ™‚

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