Akylina’s 20 Books of Summer 2021 TBR

We’re only a couple of days away from June (how did half of 2021 pass already?) and that means that it’s time for Cathy’s 20 Books of Summer challenge! Last year I did manage to read 20 books (albeit mostly not from my original TBR, which might happen again this year) but I didn’t manage to review/write about most of them. This year, I’ll try to be more consistent with my reviews and write about each one of the 20 books *fingers crossed*

After agonising about it for the past couple of weeks, this is the TBR I’m going for. I’ve included new books and old books, mostly fiction but also some non-fiction, short stories and poetry, translated fiction, a few ARCs and all my favourite genres:

  1. Fifty Sounds by Polly Barton
  2. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  3. Toddler Hunting and Other Stories by Taeko Kono (tr. Lucy North and Lucy Lower)
  4. Edinburgh Twilight by Carole Lawrence
  5. His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
  6. Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages by Gaston Dorren
  7. Star by Yukio Mishima (tr. Sam Bett)
  8. Killing Kanoko/Wild Grass on the Riverbank by Hiromi Ito (tr. Jeffrey Angles)
  9. And Then by Natsume Soseki (tr. Norma Moore Field)
  10. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
  11. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
  12. Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge (tr. Jeremy Tiang)
  13. Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan
  14. The Iron Age by Arja Kajermo
  15. Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan
  16. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  17. The Ghost of Frรฉdรฉric Chopin by ร‰ric Faye (tr. Sam Taylor)
  18. The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (tr. Lucy North)
  19. The Wrong Goodbye by Toshihiko Yahagi (tr. Alfred Birnbaum)
  20. Rules for Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

June is my birthday month, and although I’ve already included some of the books I’ve ordered ahead, if the circumstances allow I will be visiting a bookshop near that time, so there might be a few changes in my list (who am I kidding, there will definitely be changes because I can never stick to a list).

Thankfully Cathy’s challenge is as flexible as it gets! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you participating in 20 Books of Summer (or 10, or 15?) this year? If yes, I’d love to know what you’ll be reading during those three scorching months ๐Ÿ™‚

7 thoughts on “Akylina’s 20 Books of Summer 2021 TBR

  1. I’m playing it safe, Akylina, by only half committing to half a dozen titles and opting for 15 books over the three months (as I explain here https://wp.me/p2oNj1-5no). But I do like seeing what others are choosing, partly in a masochistic way — because I boggle at the high literary choices some people made — and partly to see if others have included any titles I’ve read.

    So in the spirit of these two alternatives I hope you review The Secret History as it’s a novel I read years and years ago but I’m also curious to see if it stands up today; and then there’s the Ishiguro which I’ve got a copy of though I can’t decide whether to read that or either An Artist of the Floating World or Never Let Me Go. But then I’ve also got his daughter Naomi’s short stories to read as well… Help!

  2. I love the list you’ve come up with, and look forward to seeing how much you deviate from it! ๐Ÿ˜‰ As ever, I wish you a whole heap of wonderful birthday books โค

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