Courtesy of blogger Cathy Brown of 746Books.com I’m planning to join in the meme of Twenty Books of Summer. All this requires is for me to draw up a list of books to read between the start of June and early September, but with the option of changing titles, the number of books read or, indeed, the period of reading: my kind of challenge in fact, infinitely malleable!
Here now is my chance to tackle and reduce my list of Classics Club titles, to read the Roddy Doyle novel I won in Cathy’s Begorrathon this year, and to finish The Deptford Trilogy for Lory’s Robertson Davies Reading Week.
The theory is that, having completed over thirty titles in the first four months of this year I can at least manage twenty in this coming three-month period, but that would require judicious choices: books that aren’t too long, for example.
So herewith is my initial pick of twenty titles to complete by summer’s end.
1. Joan Aiken: Midnight is a Place (read) is set in the same world as the Wolves Chronicles.
2. ‘BB’ [D J Watkins-Pitchford]: The Little Grey Men (read) is an intriguing literary fairytale.
3. J M Barrie: Peter Pan, yet another children’s book, this one a reread.
4. Charlotte Bronte: Shirley, still to complete from a previous Classics Spin (read).
5. Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden (read), because I have still to read it.
6. Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Return of Tarzan will be a reread, my ancient copy from the early 20th century having disintegrated long ago.
7. Edmund Crispin: The Case of the Gilded Fly is a reread for review.
8. Robertson Davies: The Manticore (read) which, along with no. 9,
9. Robertson Davies: World of Wonders (read), are the remaining two books in The Deptford Trilogy.
10. Roddy Doyle: Charlie Savage, a signed copy of which was kindly gifted by Cathy Brown.
11. Hermann Hesse: Steppenwolf, a Hesse I meant to read eons ago (read).
12. Eva Ibbotson: The Secret of Platform 13 (read) was, as far as I can tell, definitely not ripped off by J K Rowling.
13. Niccolò Machiavelli: The Prince I once dipped into but never completed.
14. Daphne du Maurier: Rebecca, and, no, I still haven’t read it.
15. L M Montgomery: Anne of Green Gables, because … just because.
16. Mervyn Peake: Gormenghast, the next in the trilogy after Titus Groan.
17. Vita Sackville-West: No Signposts in the Sea (read), her final novel.
18. Andrzej Sapkowski: Blood of the Elves, which recently fell into my hands at a bookshop selling remaindered titles, by an author recommended by Piotrek and Ola.
19. Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: another reread from childhood.
20. Rosemary Craddock: Avalon Castle (read) — this last a library book.
You’ll notice that, apart from a couple of chunky classics, I’ve largely gone for light-ish reading (many of them children’s classics): this is partly to tackle my TBR mountain, partly to make my reading manageable and partly because, well, it’ll be summer! But of course May is not over yet, and I have my Wyrd & Wonder fantasy reading list still to complete…
Is this something that appeals to you too? If so, Cathy’s post has all the details!