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)


  1. How great to see you posting, Judith. Most of the books on your list are new to me (authors included) but that is even better, I will be glad to hear what you think of any of them.

    I have just finished reading the first three books in the Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durell: Justine, Balthazar, and Mountolive. Have you read any of those? It took me nearly a month to read them all (although I was on jury duty at the beginning of May), and they were not long books.

  2. I've read The Serpent Pool but that's the only one on your list that I've read. I've heard of a few of the others. Enjoy the challenge, Judith, quite a few of us are doing it as well this year.

  3. Hi Judith - glad to see you post and Summer Reads are always so fun. I posted my list last weekend and already want to change a few. I do have your: #'s 1,2,6,9, 11 on my future TBR list and Midcoast as one of my 20 Books of Summer. Have fun this summer; Happy Reading.

  4. Wow! I don't recognize any of these other than The God of Small Things! Have fun and read lots! Wishing you a marvellous summer, Judith!!

  5. Good luck making your way through this list, Judith. There are so many interesting books here... many I have yet to hear about. I'm planning to read Emma Straub's new novel, as well as Fellowship Point.

    1. Hi JoAnn,
      I'm interested that you're planning to read Fellowship Point. After I put it on my list, I discovered it has 592 pages! I'll have my work cut out for me on that one. Maybe I should wait for a heat wave to read it, when I can't do much else but read.
      I'll also be interested to hear what you think of This Time Tomorrow.

    2. Judith - I had NO IDEA Fellowship Point was nearly 600 pages... yikes! Looking forward to the new Emma Straub.

    3. I've decided, from reading reviews about Fellowship Point, that even though it is super-lengthy, I'm going to go for it this summer. (We'll see how I do.)

  6. As you can see I'm still trying to catch up with blogposts after our internet free holiday on Orkney! I'm so glad you decided to join in. I really fancy reading The Tsarina's Daughter, thanks for pointing me in its direction.

    1. Hi Katrina,
      I think that you would really enjoy The Tsarina's Daughter. Early 1700s, Russia, interesting!

  7. I'm so glad that you decided to join in. As you can see I'm still catching up with blogs after our internet free holiday on Orkney! I fancy reading The Tsarina's Daughter.

    1. Katrina, I wouldn't have joined in at all if you hadn't nudged me to do it, so I thank you! It was just what I needed!