20 Books of Summer Wrap Up

It’s the 31st of August so time to wrap up 20 books of Summer. 20 books of Summer is hosted by Cathy at https://746books.com/ and is a very free and easy challenge that took place over June, July and August.

I actually read way more than 20 books over the past three months but part of my 20 books challenge was to read some books that I wouldn’t normally read and I did succeed in doing that. Some of them were brilliant books, others I didn’t enjoy so much but it’s always good to branch out I think.

The Other Bennett Sister by Janice Hadlow
This was an excellent read. I loved the early part of the book which looked at the same period as Pride and Prejudice but from Mary’s point of view. I wasn’t so sure when the book followed Mary’s life after the death of her father but then I did get into the story and I really enjoyed it. This is definitely the best of the ‘sequels’ to Pride and Prejudice that I have read

The World is a Cul de Sac by Louise Kennedy
The title of this one appealed when I got it out of the library but I hadn’t spotted that it was a collection of short stories. I read a couple of them but then didn’t finish the book. I don’t generally enjoy short stories as there isn’t enough plot or character development to keep me interested.

Midnight at the Malabar Hotel by Vaseem Khan
I loved this crime mystery novel about the first female detective in post partition India.

The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
This was a very dark book about the fear of witchcraft in the 17th century. I’m actually not sure if I enjoyed it or not.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
This was a bit disappointing and I didn’t enjoy as much as I expected to. Science fiction is always a fine balance between the Science and the Fiction and this one just had too much scientific information. I enjoyed the story but found myself skipping over pages.

And that was my 20 books of Summer 2021. Thank you to Cathy for the challenge. Did everyone else manage to read their 20 books?


Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

One thought on “20 Books of Summer Wrap Up”

  1. Well done on finishing your challenge! I’ve heard great things about The Other Bennett Sister by Janice Hadlow and really want to read it.

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