20 Books of Summer 2019, 2020 & 2021

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#20BooksOfSummer is an annual event hosted over at  746 Books blog and runs from June 1st until 31st August. I first joined the challenge to read 20 books over the summer in 2019, went on to repeat it in 2020, and will be taking part again in 2021.

The idea is that you read and review 20, 15 or even 10 books during that period.

I found out about this on One More Word blog, and thought it was a great idea. It gives you a chance to focus on reading and choose some books that may have been lurking on your “To Be Read” (TBR) pile for a while.

My TBR pile is ever increasing. I’m a sucker for a bargain and am always getting new books when my daily bookbub email comes through, and then I see a new book by a favourite author and have to buy it. And of course, I get to see so many book reviews on other blogs that I think “ooh that sounds interesting” and before you know it there’s another book in the TBR pile.

You will be able to find my reviews to all the books from this annual reading challenge in my recommended reading section.

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020

In 2020, I decided to read 20 books from the titles below over the summer but read them all.

Women’s Fiction

1. In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk ✓
2. Summer at the Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh ✓
3. One Night Only by Emma Heatherington ✓
4. Rachel’s Pudding Pantry by Caroline Roberts ✓
5. The Girl I Used to Know by Faith Hogan ✓
6. Secrets We Keep by Faith Hogan ✓
7. Five French Hens by Judy Leigh ✓
8. A Summer Escape and Strawberry Cake at the Cosy Kettle by Liz Eeles ✓
9. How to be Perfect by Holly Wainright ✓
10. Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry ✓
11. I left my tent in San Francisco by Emma Kennedy ✓
12. My Great Ex-Scape by Portia Macintosh ✓
13. Make or Break at the Lighthouse B & B by Portia Macintosh ✓
14. Sunny Days and Sea Breezes by Carole Matthews ✓
15. Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life by Kristen Bailey ✓
16. A Wedding at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry ✓
17. Meet Me at Pebble Beach by Bella Osborne ✓
18. Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Gift Shop by Ali McNamara ✓
19. Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay by Ali McNamara ✓
20. Queen Bee by Jane Fallon ✓

Health Books

I Can Sit Again by Dr Jennifer Stebbing ✓
Tailbone Pain Relief Now by Dr Patrick Foye ✓

Music/Subcultures

Dear Mr Kershaw by Derek Philpott ✓
Remind Me To Smile by Martin Downham ✓
Understanding Gary Numan by Paul Sutton ✓

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 25

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020  – COMPLETED ✓

I have so many books on my Kindle, but in 2019 decided to tackle my physical book pile first, which also doubled up as a decluttering exercise. Some are books I’ve bought new, some received as gifts and a couple I’ve bought from a car boot sale as I liked the sound of the book, or was drawn to the cover.

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Katie Fforde – Living Dangerously  ✓
Katie Fforde – Recipe for Love  ✓
Elizabeth Nobel – The Way We Were  ✓
Wendy Holden – The School for Husbands  ✓
Lucy Diamond – One Night In Italy ✓
Carmen Reid – The Personal Shopper ✓
Freya North – Pillow Talk ✓
Claudia Carroll – Meet Me In Manhatten ✓
Giovanni Fletcher – You’re The One That I Want ✓
David Nichols – Us ✓
Tess Daly – It’s Up To You New York ✓
A J Pearch – Dear Mrs Bird ✓
Jane Green – Falling ✓
Dee MacDonald – The Silver Ladies of Penny Lane ✓
Holly Wainright – The Mummy Bloggers ✓
Lindsey Kelk – About a Girl  ✓
Lindsey Kelk – What a Girl Wants  ✓
Lindsey Kelk – A Girl’s Best Friend  ✓
Susan Hill – Breaking Glass
Rachel Hore – Last Letter Home

I also read a few books that were not on the original list.

Kirsty Greenwood – Vintage Guide to Love and Romance ✓
Lindsey Kelk – Always the Bridesmaid ✓
Lindsey Kelk – Single Girls To Do List ✓
Giovanni Fletcher – Dream a Little Dream ✓
Carmen Reid – How Not To Shop ✓
Tales from a Car Boot Sale ✓
Oh … So I’m Not Bonkers ✓
Scooterboys – The Lost Tribe ✓

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 26

20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2019  – COMPLETED ✓


You will be able to find my reviews to all the above books in my recommended reading section.


Do you take part in reading challenges?
Perhaps you’ve already read some of my list?
I’d love to know your thoughts on them.

12 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer 2019, 2020 & 2021

  1. Jo, I’m surprised to see I haven’t read a single one, but chick lit isn’t my go to, either. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and adding some new stuff to my TBR. So glad to see you’re back to posting. I hope it means you’re doing better! Xx

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