Thursday, May 26, 2022

Summer Challenges: 20 Books of Summer and Big Book Summer Challenge

There are a couple of great summer challenges that work well for me. 

20 Books of Summer

It’s time once again for the 20 Books of Summer, hosted by 746 Books. This year the event will be kicking off on Wednesday 1 June and finishing on Thursday 1 September. If you want to join in, just take the Books of Summer image, and pick your own 10, 15, or 20 books you would like to read. Post the link to your choices in the post’s comments here.

I plan to read: 

1. First Summer in the Sierras by John Muir.   

2. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.   

3. The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.  

4. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression by Studs Terkel.  

5. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.  

6. Bloomsbury Girls.   

7. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.  

8. Le Petit Prince (in French)  

9. The Mystery of the Yellow Room.   

10. Captain Fricasse.   

11. Nana by Emile Zola.   

12. Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases.   

13. Dubliners by James Joyce.   

14. Lost Horizon by James Hilton.   

15. This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.   

16. Read Dangerously: The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times.  

17. Happy for You.   

18. River Man: An American Odyssey.  

19. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History.  

20. Lessons in Chemistry.

June 30---9/20 

Big Book Summer Challenge

The Big Book Summer Reading Challenge kicks off this Friday, May 27! This is the 10th anniversary of the challenge, so the host, Sue Jackson of Book by Book, has some fun surprises planned, including a double end-of-summer giveaway and some cool Big Book Summer products. In case you're not familiar with Big Book Summer, it is a fun and very easy-going challenge that anyone can participate in (even if it's Big Book Winter where you live!). A Big Book is 400 or more pages, and you can read just one over the whole season or two or however many you want. Some like to choose a whole stack and devote the summer to Big Books, even though we might not get through them all. The details will be explained in a post on Friday, May 27, on the blog (and she will post a video on YouTube, too), but in the meantime, you can check out the post from Big Book Summer 2021

The Big Books I hope to read are: 

1. First Summer in the Sierras  (400 pgs)  

2. Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression (480 pgs.)   

3. The Mill on the Floss (683 pgs.)   

4. Vanity Fair. (624 pgs.)  

5. Captain Fricasse  (488 pgs.)  

6. Patient Zero (432 pgs.)   

7. This Tender Land  (464 pgs.).  

8. Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin (416 pgs.)

June 28---3/8

Have you read any of these? Are there on my list you'd recommend? 

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