20 Books of Summer 2017

Posted May 30, 2017 by Emz Chang in Bookish, bookish challenges / 8 Comments

20 Books of Summer

Cathy over at 746 Books is hosting a lovely challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The name is pretty self-explanatory – the goal is to read 20 books during the summer. I thought the challenge would be perfect for me. I’m not doing much this summer and the challenge runs from June 1st to September 3rd, perfect timing since I’m off from school during that time.

The biggest struggle is not so much finding the time to read, but getting into the mood to do so. Oh the troubles of being a mood (and moody) reader. It’s a real struggle for me to read two books a month and now I’m going to try and read seven. Exactly what am I getting myself into?

Anyways, here’s my list of books I want to tackle this summer. If I’m being honest, I doubt I’ll stick to it. And even though my goal is 20, I’m really aiming for 10. (Cause if I aim for 10, I’ll probably end up reading 3). ? But, who knows?

Most of these books have been on my to-be-read shelf for a while. A good 80% have actually been on my physcical shelves for a while, collecting dust, waiting to be read. ? I’ll keep an updated list on my sidebar (easy access) throughout the summer, and since I’m headed to Blogbound on Wednesday, I know I’m going to find some more books to add to my list. Whatever is left will be free spaces. ?

2017 Summer TBR

From My Shelves

1. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I’ve owned a signed copy since this book was published… It sounds right up my alley. I probably should read it. Remember this reason. It’s going to appear pretty often throughout this list.

2. Three Dark Crowns by Kendra Blake

See above (#2).

3. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken’s other series, The Darkest Minds makes my list of all-time favorite books, but I haven’t found the time (or mood) to read Passenger.

4. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Every time someone asks “what are you currently reading?” this is the book I tell them “I’m about to start”. The thing is, I’ve been saying that for a few weeks now, and I have yet to take off its dust jacket so I can read it. Hehe.

5. Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Refer to #2.

6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

It’s pretty embarrassing that I haven’t read this book yet. Not only has it gotten rave reviews from everyone I know, I’ve also owned a signed copy (by both authors) since it was published in 2015.

7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Same as #2.

8. Replica by Lauren Oliver

Same reason as #2… again.

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve owned this book since 2012. I’m a fangirl that used to be super into (reading) fanfiction. Why haven’t I read this yet?

10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I own it, everyone’s talking about it, its movie adaptation came out, I might as well read it.

2017 Summer TBR Books I Don't Own

Books I Don’t Own

11. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I really enjoyed the first book in the duology, The Fixer but still have to read its sequel.

12. All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I’m a huge fan of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls and Heist Society series so hopefully I’ll love this book (and its series) just as much.

13. Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

My love of Julie Cross’ writing + my love of all things spies = I should enjoy this book right? Fingers crossed!

14. Want by Cindy Pon

This is the one new release on my list for one reason, and one reason alone – representation. Want is supposed to take place in Taipei, Taiwan. That’s where my grandparents immigrated to during the Cultural Revolution in China and it’s also where both of my parents were born. Needless to say, the potential representation in this book means a lot to me.

15. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is similar to why I want to read All Fall Down – I loved Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls so I think it’s about time to give her other series a chance.

16. – 20.

Free Spots! (Aka to be updated and decided later). πŸ™‚

Emz Chang

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8 responses to “20 Books of Summer 2017

  1. Three Dark Crowns was a bit slow for me, but the ending was amazing! I’m planning on doing a similar challenge this summer, although a shorter time period. I find these challenges are a good way to clear out my TBR of titles I’m kind of on the fence about. I set a goal to actually get to them, and then make room for more books!

    • I really hope this challenge will help me get some books off my TBR. There are just so many good books being released every week that my TBR always seems to get bigger and not smaller, especially since unfortunately we do not have all the time in the world to read all the books we want. πŸ™

      Thanks for stopping by Angela! πŸ™‚

  2. Hallo, Hallo – I’m travelling through the linky today – as I’m later than the rabbit in regards to reaching the bookish party late! Oy! I released my #20BooksOfSummer list last night whilst tweaking which books I wanted to read this Summer via Riffle on Weds. If my Spring allergies hadn’t been so beastly, I would have started off properly the first week of June!

    I was going to take a snap of the books I had stacked to read – but I loved how my Riffle List looked embedded on my post, so I erred on not being overly photogenic! lol I’ll share book photos as I move through the challenge though, as I thought that would be a wicked way to ‘announce’ which books I’m reading as I move along my List! πŸ™‚ Top cheers for how you’ve broken down your list: love how we can each spend time reading the books we’re each itching to ‘greet’ even if the books are on our TBR minds in different ways! For me, I took up the challenge to re-inspire my reading life!!

    By the way, your a rockstar for using PURPLE on your blog! It’s my favourite colour next to read! πŸ™‚ Eek. So clever how you used the hues and tone of the colour to make your blog a cosy comfortable place to visit!

    Ooh my dear bookish stars – you thought you were repeating your reasons for not reading the books!? Wait til you visit my List! I thought I must be the MOST apologetic blogger participating this year! lol Nice to find a kindred spirit!!

    I’ve been keenly interested in Illuminae since it pub’d and since it was a bit hit at BookExpo (I virtually go there each year via the Twitter updates) and my library has happily boomeranged it to me off/on ever since too. One of these days/months/years I’ll get round to it! lol Simiarly, The Unexpected Everything has boomeranged back to me so much (esp over the past year!) I think I INSPIRED other readers to check it out because it’s harder to get back, now! Oy.

    I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read Everything, Everything until Mum and I saw the film trailer during our screening of “Beauty and the Beast” which of course set the course for me to really hunger after this novel! I haven’t had the peace of bookish mind to dig into it but it will be *borrowed* and *consumed!* before I get the chance to see the film, that much I know! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    A lot of the authors & stories your gravitating towards are outside my normal wanderings – which is a GOOD thing as that’s why I love bookish blogosphere events like these – it pushes me to consider stories I might not feel motivated to seek out or rather, their path and mine might never have crossed otherwise! I’ll be keen to check out your notes as your finishing reading the stories and I hope you’ll drop by my blog as well.

    Cheers to a great Summer reading – and it doesn’t matter how many you finish, it’s more to inspire ourselves to read the stories rather than complete the challenge as quickly as we can. We want to savour the stories not read them so fast we forget the experiences!!

    • I can’t believe I’ve never heard of Riffle until now. I have to start using it – it has some really great features. I just took a picture because I was too lazy to hunt down all the book covers online but knew that this post would be a bit lengthy and thus needed some color to break up all the text.

      Speaking of colors, I’m so glad you like the purple and the vibe it gives off. Purple’s my favorite color but it took me a while to find the right shade.

      I’m probably one of the most apologetic bloggers out there. I’m trying to change that but I always end just apologizing for being apologetic which defeats the whole point. ?

      I haven’t watched Beauty and the Beast yet which is a huge problem. One of the easier problems of mine at the moment, though, since it’s now on Netflix (thank you entertainment gods)!

      I’m glad this post is made you want to read some books that you normally wouldn’t. I’ll definitely be visiting your blog later. Thank you so much for stopping by Jorie! πŸ™‚

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