Tuesday, June 25, 2019

20 Books of Summer and #bookaday Challenges

Cathy at 746books is hosting The 20 Books of Summer ChallengeWhy not join in with your own 20 (or 10, or 15!), read along with some of the books or just cheer her on as she tries to get that dreaded 746 down by another 20 in just 3 months? Join the 20 Books of Summer Challenge here.

Reading expert Donalyn Miller invites everyone to join her in a summer #bookaday challenge. The rules for this challenge are simple: 
  • You set your own start date and end date.
  • Read one book per day for each day of your summer vacation. This is an average, so if it takes you a week to read a long book, you can balance it out with some picture books or early reader books.
  • Any book qualifies including picture books, nonfiction, professional books, audio books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies, or fiction—children’s, youth, or adult titles.
  • Keep a list of the books you read and share them often via a social networking site like goodreads, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Use the #bookaday hashtag to find other participants and share your recommendations. You do not have to post reviews, but you can if you wish. Titles will do.

Here is a tower of books I may read this summer: My rationale is in parenthesis.

Hunger by Elise Blackwell (Food Bookbox)
As They Were by M. F. K. Fisher (Food Bookbox)
A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams (ARC)
Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb (ARC)
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson (ARC)
The Farm by Joanne Ramos (ARC)
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson (Cybils)
Summer of '69 by Todd Strasser (Research)
My Friend Mr. Leakey by J. B. S. Haldane (1001 Children's Books)
Brave the Page by Rebecca Stern & Grant Faulkner (Research; ARC)
Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner (ARC)
New Kid by Jerry Craft (Cybils)
Hungry by Jeff Gordinier (ARC)
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney (Food Bookbox)
Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl (ARC)
French Dirt by Richard Goodman (Paris in July)
Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (Paris in July)
Vango Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle (Paris in July)
Eiffel's Tower for Young People by Jill Jonnes (Paris in July)
The Paris Project by Donna Gephart (Paris in July)
Bon Appetempt by Amelia Morris (Paris in July)
Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm (Paris in July)
A Walk Across France by Miles Morland (Paris in July)
Long Ago in France by M. F. K. Fisher (Paris in July)
Mastering the Art of French Eating by Ann May (Paris in July)
Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris (Paris in July)
A Book that Takes Its Time: A Flow Book (Happiness)
The Little Library Cookbook (Baking; Books)
Another by Christian Robinson (Cybils)
Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes by Martin Philip (Bread Baking)
Artisan Sourdough by Casper Andre Lugg & Martin Ivar Hveem Field (Bread Baking)

Let's not even consider the Kindle books or the library books, shall we?

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information.


  1. Save Me The Plums is the book I have been eyeing for some time!

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    1. Yes, and it's not including library books and e-books!

  3. Love your stack! You've got a few on your list that I'm familiar with and want to try. Enjoy your summer reading!

  4. It won't take you long to read those. I loved Save Me the Plums.

  5. LOL! That is one ambitious stack... nevermind what's on the kindle ;-)

  6. Wow at your TBR stack! Happy reading, lol :)

    My TTT

  7. That's a big tower! Hope you'll get too most or all of these :)

  8. I only have 12 on my list and I'm not sure I'll finish them. I hope you do finish yours!

  9. I read and reviewed The Farm recently. It was a fabulous read, and I highly recommend it.

    My TTT.

  10. Love your book stack picture, I hope you enjoy all your books!

  11. Good luck! My only summer reading plan is to read the rest of the Louise Penny books (#9-14) before #15 is released in August.

  12. Love that photo; it is a bit intimidating! I hope you have a wonderful time tackling all these books.

  13. You sure do set ambitious goals. I tend to just let life happen and surprise me that I get quite a bit read. I am almost finished with the Alphabet Soup Challenge, just have W to finish, X to find, Y to find, and to finish Z. I want to be finished by the end of summer.


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