20 Books of Summer – 2021

It’s that time of year again! The 20 Books of Summer Challenge, hosted by Cathy, is back! My post is a tad late this year because I couldn’t quite decide if I should sign up or not. Last year was a struggle already and we all know my reading and especially reviewing mojo are even worse now than ever. But hey, it’s become tradition really, hasn’t it. So here I am in my fourth year of joining the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.

The aim is to read and review 10, 15 or 20 books between June 1st and September 1st. The best thing about this challenge is the lack of rules. Want to swap a book? Go for it! Want to change half your list? By all means! Want to change your challenge goal halfway through the summer? Have at it! I take full advantage of these non-rules, believe me. Last year’s list was completely unrecognisable by the time the challenge ended. Kind of makes you wonder why I make one in the first place 😉.

As always, I had a plan. Some recently published books, some that aren’t out yet (because I will of course be dropping everything when the new Karin Slaughter arrives on my doorstep), but mostly review copies and older books from the TBR. Yeah … that went nowhere fast.

These are the 20 chosen ones. For now. Don’t get too attached to this list. Odds are something about it will change about an hour after I post this because I’m just that fickle. Which is exactly why this challenge is so perfect because it’s all allowed!

In no particular order, with links to Goodreads for your convenience. Reviews will be added as and when they are written. I hope.

Kia Abdullah – Truth Be Told [review]
J.D. Barker – A Caller’s Game [review]
Jessica Barry – Don’t Turn Around [review]
Sharon Bolton – The Pact [review]

Jane Casey – The Killing Kind [review]
Samantha Downing – For Your Own Good [review]
Elodie Harper – The Wolf Den [review]
Olivia Kiernan – The Murder Box [review]

Caroline Lea – The Metal Heart [review]
Imran Mahmood – You Don’t Know Me [review]
K.J. Maitland – The Drowned City [review]
Heidi Perks – The Whispers [review]

Karin Slaughter – False Witness [review]
V.L. Valentine – The Plague Letters [review]
Caitlin Wahrer – The Damage [review]
Hannah Whitten – For The Wolf [review]

Trevor Wood – The Man on the Street [review]
Jane Corry – The Lies We Tell [review]
Joseph Knox – True Crime Story [review]
Megan Collins – The Family Plot [review]


There you have it. It’s a pretty fine list, if I do say so myself. Should I mention it underwent at least five changes in the time it took me to prep this post? 🤔

Have you read any of these? Which one would you start with?

If you are joining the 20 Books of Summer Challenge, good luck and happy reading! Wishing everyone a fabulous Summer. xx

  33 comments for “20 Books of Summer – 2021

  1. June 3, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I’ve just started the Jane Corry book and enjoying it. Have a great summer of reading, good luck xx

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    • June 3, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      I do really enjoy her books so I’m looking forward to that publishing. Hope you have a wonderful summer of reading as well, Yvonne! xx

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  2. June 3, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Ooh, lots here I want to read. Thanks for taking part – happy reading x

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  3. June 3, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Fabulous list! Quite a few I fancy there. Hope you have a great summer of reading 🤞🏼🤞🏼

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Thank you! Should have waited though because I got a few others I should probably read first. 🤣

      Have a great summer, Cathy! xx

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  4. June 3, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Great selection. I’m cheating and choosing from a pile of 50. Of which I’ve already read two before the start of June. And added to more to. I’m a lost cause…

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Oh, Janet, you do make me laugh. Whatever works for you! 😂

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  5. Karen
    June 3, 2021 at 11:44 am

    I would like to do this but by the time I chose my books the summer would be over! 🙈 I’ve read The Pact, Truth Be Told ( I would say start with this) and Don’t Turn Around. Good luck.

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:57 am

      🤣🤣 True, making the list is the hardest part. Or you could do what Janet does! (see comment above yours)

      The Pact was awesome! Truth Be Told would have been coming up soon but I have a few other ones to get out of the way first.

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  6. June 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    I really love this list! Don’t change it too much 😂

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  7. June 3, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Loving the selections! I’m tempted to change mine and add a couple 🙈😂

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:58 am

      I can’t comment because you just know this list won’t look the same come the end of August 😂

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      • June 7, 2021 at 12:14 pm

        😂😂 No changes so far, I mean it’s only the 7th but still 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

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  8. June 3, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    It looks like you have a “thrilling” summer coming up. I have several of these books on my TBR, but I am trying to do Summery books for this challenge. I hope you enjoy them all.

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    • June 7, 2021 at 11:59 am

      I’m not one to adjust genres depending on the seasons. Thrillers and historical fiction all the way for me.

      Good luck with your challenge, Carla! I hope you hace a wonderful reading summer.

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      • June 7, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        I love both of those, but also romance, cozy mysteries, family drama, some fantasy and, well….. that is why my TBR is so out of control.

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  9. June 3, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Haha, sticking to the list is the hardest part but I think you’ve made a great one. I’m eagerly waiting until the metal heart arrives at my library. Good luck with your list!

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    • June 7, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Past experience has already taught me that expecting me to stick to the list is about as likely as winning the lottery 😂

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  10. Jo
    June 3, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Excellent list! Glad you decided to join! x

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  11. June 3, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Ooh, we share four! The Pact, The Killing Kind, The Drowned City and False Witness! I requested False Witness via NG because of all your rave reviews – I still think she might be too gruesome for me, but we’ll see. And then after I’d been approved, what should turn up through my letterbox but a hardback review copy! I feel under pressure to like it… 😉

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    • June 7, 2021 at 12:12 pm

      Oh, dear. The pressure. I actually feel like she’s mellowed out the last few years but I could be wrong. In any case, I do so hope you like this one. I might be afraid of the ways you’ll punish me. (also, tremendously jealous of your hardback review copy)

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  12. June 4, 2021 at 6:54 am

    This is my first year doing this and I’m going to do 10 – only because I have that many ARCs for these dates on my kindle already!

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  13. June 5, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Such a fantastic line up! I’ve only read A Caller’s Game of these, which I loved, but many are on my TBR… Good luck with the challenge! xx

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    • June 7, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      That might be one I’m going to drop in favour of an ARC. Because then I can read it and enjoy it without the pressure of having to review it.

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      • June 9, 2021 at 8:42 pm

        Oh yes I do get that! My shorties reviews are life savers because I wouldn’t be able to review them all otherwise haha. A Caller’s Game is so much fun to read though! It has that Die Hard/action movie feel and it’s so addictive… Not my favorite subgenre, but J.D. Barker makes me love any genre he writes.

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