Scarcely am I back to blogging regularly and it’s already time to make my 20 Books of Summer list – always one of the highlights of the blogging year! (I actually started working on this on a sunny day during my break because it felt like such a lovely springtime activity). Cathy’s sign-up post is here if you’re curious about 20 Books of Summer, but I think most people know how it works by now. As ever, I am going to rely on my Kindle/Audible/Borrowbox backlog for this list – I’ll be on holiday for a couple of weeks at the start of August, but I will be doing a lot of walking, so I won’t want to be lugging physical books around with me. Well, I will probably want to – but experience has taught me that it’s a bad idea.

The Three Musketeers is, of course, an enormous novel, but I’m hoping that since it’s an adventure story it will be a real page turner! I’ve tried to include some novellas, mysteries, and other adventure stories amongst my list, with the aim of making it through those a bit more quickly.

Classics Club

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Passing – Nella Larsen

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – James de Mille

The Princess and the Goblin – George MacDonald


The Distant Hours – Kate Morton

The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science – Seb Falk

The Killings at Badger’s Drift – Caroline Graham


Sankofa – Chibundu Onuzo

Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner

Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut

The Happy Return – CS Forester (DNF)

A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in the First World War – Patricia Fara

Manannan’s Cloak: An Anthology of Manx Literature – selected and translated by Robert Corteen Carswell

The Bandit Queens – Parini Shroff

Kindle backlog

The Old Lie – Claire Coleman

Project Hail Mary – Andy Weir

Future Crimes: Mysteries and Detection through Time and Space – edited by Mike Ashley

The Reading Cure: How Books Restored My Appetite – Laura Freeman

Murder in Mesopotamia – Agatha Christie (NB: My joy at finding an Agatha Christie I have not yet read lingering at the back of my kindle is unmatched. I really thought I’d read them all by now – and by all accounts this is a banger!)

Babbacombe’s – Susan Scarlett

Well, I’m now very much in the mood to get started! With the single exception of A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder – which I’ve tried to read three times, and will bump from my Classics Club list for some HG Wells if I fail again this summer – I’m looking forward to all these books. I feel like I’ve got a good selection here to sustain me through whichever reading mood takes me, and now I just want it to be 1st June already. Looking forward to reading through everyone else’s lists!