20 Books of Summer – 2022

It’s that time of year again. The ’20 Books of Summer Challenge’ hosted by Cathy is back! And after giving it some thought, so am I. I have no doubt it’s going to be a struggle to read and review 20 books before the end of August but really, it’s a much-loved tradition by now. I haven’t failed yet and I do not intend to do so in my fifth year of joining either.

The aim of the challenge 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. Watch my list be entirely unrecognisable by the end of the challenge πŸ˜‰.

The plan is to read some review copies, some backlog books from my own shelves (including those you lovely lot voted for in the weekly polls I did*) and a few new releases I’m very (im)patiently waiting for. Hurry up, Karin Slaughter!

These are the chosen ones. For now. Honestly, don’t get too attached to this list. It has already undergone an infinite number of changes the last few days. Just call me Fickle Frieda.

Anyway! In no particular order, with links to Goodreads for your convenience. Links to reviews will be added as and when they are written. Hopefully. Since that seems to be the point of the challenge. 😳

Hayley Scrivener – Dirt Town [review]
Lesley Kara – The Apartment Upstairs [review]
Victoria Selman – Truly Darkly Deeply [review]
Frances Quinn – That Bonesetter Woman [review]

Louisa Treger – Madwoman [review]
Holly Seddon – The Woman on the Bridge [review]
Jenny Blackhurst – The Girl Who Left [review]
Jack Jordan – Do No Harm [review]

David Jackson – No Secrets [review]
J.P. Pomare – The Wrong Woman [review]
Mike Gayle – The Museum of Ordinary People [review]
John Brownlow – Seventeen [review]

Megan Goldin – Stay Awake [review]
Jennifer Hillier – Things We Do In The Dark [review]
Sarah Gailey – Just Like Home [review]
Imran Mahmood – I Know What I Saw [review]

Fiona Cummins – Into The Dark [review]
Karin Slaughter – Girl, Forgotten [review]
Helen Fields – The Last Girl to Die [review]
M.W. Craven – The Botanist [review]

There you have it. As lists go, it looks pretty fine, I think. Any thoughts? Have you read any of these? Which one would you start with?

If you are joining the challenge, good luck and have fun! Wishing you all a wonderful Summer and lots of happy reading xx.

(* weekly poll shall return after Summer or when I finish this challenge. Whichever comes first.)

  44 comments for “20 Books of Summer – 2022

  1. May 30, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Good luck!

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  2. May 30, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Good luck, Eva 🀞🏼 Start with the one you think you’ll like the most…

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  3. May 30, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Oh so many of this list are novels that are on my readlist! Good luck!

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    • May 30, 2022 at 10:36 am

      Are you hoping I’ll say they suck so you can remove them from your list? πŸ˜‚

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      • June 1, 2022 at 8:22 pm

        Not at all, I hope you’ll confirm what I’m expecting and you’ll say I need to bump them up!

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        • June 1, 2022 at 8:48 pm

          Let me know which one (or two) you’re most curious about πŸ˜‰

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          • June 5, 2022 at 2:39 pm

            I have 7 but some are from authors I read and trust so I really want your opinion on Nobody But Us and The Summer of Impossible Things (I have an ecopy of both but I haven’t read these authors yet) and the so hyped Lessons in Chemistry. Despite all of the reviews I’m still hesitant to add it to my readlist. All the covers seem interesting though so every review is welcome πŸ™‚

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  4. May 30, 2022 at 11:28 am

    What a brilliant list, I would happily read all of those πŸ™‚ Good luck xx

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    • May 31, 2022 at 8:51 am

      It does look pretty good, doesn’t it? I keep telling myself not to touch a thing about it and yet … oooh, the fingers are twitchy πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚

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  5. May 30, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Some great reading ahead of you, EvaπŸ’œ I’m looking forward to Girl, Forgotten.

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  6. Karen
    May 30, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    I have most of these on my TBR – good luck!

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  7. May 30, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    I spy a few I want to read! πŸ˜‚

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    • May 31, 2022 at 8:53 am

      Wait! Hang on! I’m practicing my shocked face. It’s coming …. nope, can’t do it πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

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      • May 31, 2022 at 11:00 am

        Well, you tried πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€£


  8. May 30, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Good luck!

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  9. May 30, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Good luck Eva it’s a fab list with a few I recognise! xx

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  10. May 30, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Great list and good luck! I’ve named 10 and will mood read the other 10!

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    • May 31, 2022 at 8:55 am

      Thank you! Good to luck to you as well. I like your plan. Might need to keep that in mind for next year.


  11. May 30, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for taking part Eva! Good luck – I really want to read Lessons in Chemistry so can’t wait to hear what you think.

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    • May 31, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Thank you, Cathy, and for hosting again this year too. Lessons in Chemistry is high on my list so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for my thoughts.

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  12. May 31, 2022 at 2:22 am

    Such a great TBR! Basically I want to read all of these as well… Except for The Secret Life Of Albert Entwistle, which I’ve already read recently and it will most likely appear on my list of 2022 favorites. (hint hint). I will most likely join the ‘fickle frieda’ fun and slaughter my original TBR before the end of this challenge too. πŸ˜‰

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    • May 31, 2022 at 8:50 am

      I knew that you’d already read it. It’s down to you and Jonetta that I bought it so on your heads be it πŸ˜‚


  13. May 31, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    I’ve read “Into The Dark”, and five others are on my TBR. Have fun with the challenge. πŸ“šπŸŒž

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:33 am

      I think I started Into The Dark a while back and set it aside for something else because I completely turned into a mood reader when I wasn’t looking 😳.

      Thanks, Lynne! I’ll try to remember that fun part πŸ˜‚


  14. May 31, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Looking forward to hearing what you think of I Know What I Saw, since I recently loved a short story of his in an anthology and am wondering if I should read his novels. You can do this! Just make sure you have plenty of chocolate handy for energy… πŸ˜€

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    • June 8, 2022 at 8:34 am

      I think you mentioned that on the weekly poll too and now I’m almost feeling guilty for keeping you waiting so long. Almost. πŸ˜‰

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  15. June 6, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    Good luck with the challenge! I’m also participating and my list has lots of romcom and women’s fiction. πŸ˜ƒ

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