20 Books of Summer Challenge: Update

We’re about half way through The 20 Books of Summer Challenge.

Since reading 20 books between June 1st and September 5th isn’t a challenge in itself, I chose to push myself with a goal of reading a pre-selected stack of 20. I rarely choose books in advance, and I dislike “forcing” myself to read something so I figured this would be an interesting way to approach the challenge.

Here are the 20 books I chose:



Since June 1st, I’ve read 13 books, plus started two that I didn’t want to finish.  Out of those 15, six were from my pre-chosen stack:

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff was the one I couldn’t get through

I’m currently reading three books from my stack: The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, and The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

Including my three current reads, that has me crossing off nine out of my 20, which isn’t too bad for being almost halfway through the timeline. That means I have to get through the remaining 11 in the next six weeks.

Even though I know most of the books in my stack will be great, I prefer to follow my intuition when it is time to start a new book. And with the recent haul I brought home from my library’s used book sale, there are several calling out to me that weren’t around when I made my stack!

Stay tuned to find out how I do in the next six weeks!

If you’re participating in the challenge, how’s it going for you?


  1. Lea

    July 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    I’m only three in…I switched one out for my grief book so I kind of cheated but I don’t think this one will happen for me. Trying to be gentle on myself with it though.

  2. kate

    July 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    ugh i forced my way through fates & furies and was simply furious that i did! i thought there had to be something worthy of all the hype and praise but i never found it.

  3. Ramona Mead

    July 24, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    I had tried listening to the audio book and couldn’t get into it. I thought physically reading it might be easier, which is was but it certainly didn’t make the book better. I made it to page 34 and was wanting to push myself through but I read a bunch of reviews that were similar to yours and I quit!

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