10 Books of Summer

Cathy at 746 Books is hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge yet again, and since I have seen this challenge around, but never participated before, I have decided to give it a go. The challenge involves reading and reviewing a certain amount of books from 1 June to 1 September 2023, and there are options go for 15 or even 10 books (instead of 20). Since this is my first time participating, I am going for the modest goal of 10 books, and below is my provisional, fiction-only, list of selected-for-this-challenge books.

I. The Other by Thomas Tryon

II. Trust by Hernan Diaz

III. Fraud by Anita Brookner

IV. The Golovlyov Family by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin

V. Foster by Claire Keegan (may swap)

VI. The Assault by Harry Mulisch

VII. The Silence of the Sea by Vercors

VIII. And Then by Natsume Soseki

IX. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (may swap)

X. The Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo

📚 Since I am a “mood” reader, and it is generally difficult for me to stick to a specific list of books, some of the titles above may be swaped for others in the course of this summer. Are you participating in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge this year? Do we have books in common, or have you read or want to read any of the books listed above?


35 thoughts on “10 Books of Summer

  1. Some of these I’d find challenging, so hats off to you, Diana, for contemplating them. I too am by inclination a reader swayed by mood so would be easily persuaded to swap if any of these appeared on my list! But then I’m also a cautious reader and averse to challenges… Good luck with all these, ten is a good number to at least start off with. 🙂

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  2. Of those I’ve only read The Mill on the Floss which was very good, though I can understand why you might consider swapping. Good luck in your reading endeavours. It should be an interesting experience

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    1. 🙂 Why? I believe it is a very literary horror. It is part of the New York Review Books Classics series, so I do have high expectations. The theme of “existential duality” is also one of my favourites in literature.


  3. Toilers on the Sea was Hugo’s biggest success when it came out. He wrote it while in exile from Paris. Besides being an incredibly stirring read, it is a fascinating look at life on the Channel Islands where he was exiled.

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  4. Good luck! I haven’t read any of these, but The Mill on the Floss has been on my radar for a while because I really enjoyed George Eliot’s Middlemarch. So I’d love to hear your thoughts when you’ve finished it!

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  5. An interesting list! I think I read The Mill on the Floss in school, but that was long ago and I don’t remember anything about it – not even if I enjoyed it! I very much enjoyed Trust though – one of my favourite books last year. Hope you find some new favourites from your list!

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  6. I’ve read Foster which is wonderful and can be read in one sitting it’s so captivating and The Mill on the Floss is one of ‘my’ books! Maggie Tulliver is a great character, I hope you enjoy.

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  7. Nice list! I’ve heard such good things about Foster, though haven’t yet read it, and Mill on the Floss is wonderful. I’ve gone for the 20 again, and, as usual, have only given myself paper books from my TBR shelf and not included review books that have come in and might come in, or ebooks. Enjoy!

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