I will be taking part in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge for the 6th year. I have not always been successful, but this is one of my favourite and easiest challenges. For those of you that are new to the challenge it runs from 1st June – 1st September and is hosted by the lovely Cathy746books (please click the link for the rules and sign up info).

The nice thing about this challenge is that you can customize it. You can select 10, 15 or 20 books for this challenge, and you can change up the books as the challenge goes on. You can choose any books or themes you choose. Sounds pretty simple, but we shall see.

I am going with 20 Books. I always try to read Summery or Beach reads for this challenge and try to pick some off my backlist. I have prepared a spreadsheet of over 60 books that would fit my criteria of Summery/Beach Reads or have the word “Summer” in the title. I am going to try and read or listen to 10 backlist books (on my TBR and published prior to September 2022) and ten more recent releases.

My only problem will be that I always do Christmas in July, which takes a big chunk of time. I try not to include those books on my list, I want these to be summery reads. I will start right on June 1st with the hope of reading or listening to ten that month, and ten in August. Fingers crossed. 🀞🀞

Here are the books on my list, at this time. I try not to change them, but if something else summery calls my name, then I might make a change.

Ten Backlist Books:

  1. The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel: published 2016-07-26 – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  2. Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice Cream by Sue Watson: published 2017-06-22 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  3. Sourdough by Robin Sloan (also a 12 Friends, 12 Books recommendation): published 2017-08-04 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  4. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin: published 2019-03-04 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  5. A Perfect Cornish Summer by Phillipa Ashely: published 2019-04-25 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  6. A Summer To Remember by Sue Moorcroft: published 2019-05-02 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  7. A Summer of Surprises by Judith Keim: published 2020-06-23 – Audiobook (Scribd)
  8. The Inn at Summer Island by Rachel Magee: published 2020-08-23 – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  9. The House at Magpie Cove by Kennedy Kerr: published 2020-11-03
  10. A Picnic in Someday Valley by Jodi Thomas: published 2021-05-07 – Audiobook (Hoopla)

Newer Releases:

  1. The Little Flower Shop by Lori Foster: published 2023-05-09 – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  2. Coming Home to the Highlands by Lisa Hobman: published 2023-04-04 – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  3. Meet Me at the Lake by Carly Fortune: published 2023-05-02 (Read 2023-06-05)
  4. The Island Villa by Sarah Morgan: published 2023-05-02 – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  5. The Bookshop by The Bay by Pam Kelley: published 2023-06-06 – Audiobook (NG)
  6. The Sweetheart List by Jill Shalvis: published 2023-06-13 – Audiobook (NG)
  7. Famous in a Small Town by Viola Shipman: published 2023-06-13
  8. Hello Stranger by Katherine Center: published 2023-07-11 – Audiobook (NG)
  9. The Diary From the Cottage by the Loch by Kennedy Kerr: published 2023-06-28
  10. The Happiness Plan by Susan Mallery: published 2023-06-20

There are a few more that I might be able to fit in as well:

  1. Mermaid Beach by Sheila Roberts – read 2023-06-02
  2. Beginning of Forever by Catherine Bybee
  3. Cassandra in Reverse by Holly Smale
  4. We Are Family by Beth Moran
  5. Famous for a Living by Melissa Ferguson – Audiobook (NG)
  6. The Magic of Sea Glass by Jenny Hale – Audiobook (NG)
  7. A Vintage Vacation by Maddie Please – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  8. The Scottish Ladies Detective Agency by Lydia Travers – Audiobook (NG)
  9. On Fire Island by Jane L. Rosen
  10. Hidden Beneath by Barbara Ross
  11. Front Porch Club by Michelle Major – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  12. The Summer Daughter by Colleen French – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  13. The Sunshine Girls by Molly Fader – Audiobook (Hoopla)
  14. Sweet Pea Summer by Alys Murray – read 2023-06-04
  15. Happy Place by Emily Henry – read 2023-06-09

I have ebooks or physical books of all of these, but if I can find audiobooks, I will probably do a read/listen instead.

Will you be joining the challenge?