In the High Peaks

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Twenty Books of Summer

 Once again I’m working toward trying to get back to blogging! I don’t have lots going on this summer, so I’m planning (and hoping) to write posts on a regular basis. Twice a week would be ideal, but I’ll set one entry a week as an absolute must-do goal.

Thanks so much to Katrina of Pining for the West for giving me a friendly nudge to participate in The Twenty Books of Summer. I’ve decided to go full throttle, from June 1st to September 1st. If I fall a bit behind, I’ll give myself until Labor Day, Monday, September 5, as an absolute deadline to finish the twenty. 

As I think I mentioned in my last post, these days I’ve been having fun reading recently published books, particularly those published this year. As a result, you’ll notice that many books on my list are not available yet, but will be in the weeks and months to come. I’ll be high-flying and crossing my fingers with the HOLDS list at the library and, yes, perhaps buying a few books. And what if some of the books that have received rave reviews turn out to be duds? I’ll announce that I’ve had to make a substitution, while also detailing why I retired a book I intended to read.

So, here goes: (All but two published in 2022.)

1.     All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami  (trans. fr. Japanese)  ck

2.     Outside by Ragnar Jonasson  (trans fr. Icelandic)  ck

3.     Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles (NF) ck

4.     The Tsarina’s Daughter by Ellen Alpsten  ck

5.     Ashton Hall by Lauren Belfer  ck

6.     This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub  ck

7.     The Midcoast by Adam White  ck

8.     Flying Solo by Linda Holmes  Replaced by: The House across the Lake by Riley Sager  ck

9.     The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill  ck

10.  The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy  Replaced by The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley  ck

11.  Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark ck

12.  Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney  Replaced by Writers and Lovers by Lily King  ck

13.  The Wild Hunt by Emma Seckel  Replaced by  A History of Present Illness by Anna DeForest

14.  I Will Die in a Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart (2021) Replaced by Rumer Godden: A Storyteller's Life by Alice Chisholm  ck

15.  The Disinvited Guest by Carol Goodman  ck

16.  The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer  Replaced by:  Elizabeth Finch by Julian Barnes ck

17.  Atomic Anna by Rachel Barenbaum   Replaced by: The House at Riverton by Kate Morton  ck

18.  After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris by Helen Rappaport (NF) Replaced by: The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming by David Wallace-Wells  ck

19.  The Serpent Pool by Martin Edwards  (Lake District #4)  ck

20.   In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden  ck (Classics Club Spin)