20 Books of Summer Challenge – The Results! #20booksofsummer22 #amreading #amreviewing #damppebbles #bookblogger #BookTwitter #booktwt

Happy Friday bookish friends and welcome to damppebbles. If you’ve been following the blog over the Summer, you may have noticed that I’ve been participating in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge run and organised by the lovely Cathy atΒ 746 Books. The challenge invites bookish types to select twenty (or fifteen, or ten) books which they plan to read and review within the challenge window, that being between 1st June and 1st September. Well, it was 1st September yesterday, so I wanted to go out with a bang and write a wrap up post because the rest of the challenge has been a bit of a lacklustre fizzle for me this year. Pfffttt πŸ˜‚ Before I proceed any further though I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that I did complete the challenge back in 2020, in lockdown, when we were more focussed on staying in than going out and I had a lot more time on my hands. I have done it, I can do it again! Was I perhaps a little too ambitious this year? Yes, yes I was 😬

My original list looked like this:

The Trial by S.R. Masters (One More Chapter)
Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi (Titan Books)
A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor (Penguin Michael Joseph)
True Crime Story by Joseph Knox (Penguin Books)
Follow Me to the Edge by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)
What Lies Between Us by John Marrs (Thomas & Mercer)
The Watchers by A.M. Shine (Aries)
Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi (Penguin Books)
Black Widows by Cate Quinn (Orion)
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Zaffre)
No Country for Girls by Emma Styles (Sphere)
The It Girl by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster)
The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas (Penguin Books)
The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell (Orion)
The Collective by Alison Gaylin (Orion)
Hunting Evil by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (HQ)
Until the Debt is Paid by Alexander Hartung translated by Steve Anderson (Amazon Crossing)
Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Books)

Of these I have read FOURTEEN βœ…Β which is hugely disappointing as I was determined to read all twenty. I feel as though I was so close…..yet so annoyingly far away from hitting my target!

βœ… The Trial by S.R. Masters (One More Chapter)
βœ… Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi (Titan Books)
βœ…Β A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor (Penguin Michael Joseph)
βœ… True Crime Story by Joseph Knox (Penguin Books)
βœ… Follow Me to the Edge by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)
βœ… What Lies Between Us by John Marrs (Thomas & Mercer)
βœ… The Watchers by A.M. Shine (Aries)
βœ… Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi (Penguin Books)
Black Widows by Cate Quinn (Orion)
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Zaffre)
βœ… No Country for Girls by Emma Styles (Sphere)
βœ… The It Girl by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster)
βœ… The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas (Penguin Books)
βœ… The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell (Orion)
βœ… The Collective by Alison Gaylin (Orion)
Hunting Evil by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (HQ)
βœ… Until the Debt is Paid by Alexander Hartung translated by Steve Anderson (Amazon Crossing)
Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Books)

And of these fourteen I have reviewed TEN books within the challenge window of 1st June to 1st September.

➑️ The Trial by S.R. Masters (One More Chapter)
➑️ Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi (Titan Books)
A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor (Penguin Michael Joseph)
True Crime Story by Joseph Knox (Penguin Books)
➑️ Follow Me to the Edge by Tariq Ashkanani (Thomas & Mercer)
What Lies Between Us by John Marrs (Thomas & Mercer)
➑️ The Watchers by A.M. Shine (Aries)
➑️ Eight Detectives by Alex Pavesi (Penguin Books)
Black Widows by Cate Quinn (Orion)
Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Zaffre)
➑️ No Country for Girls by Emma Styles (Sphere)
➑️ The It Girl by Ruth Ware (Simon & Schuster)
➑️ The Last Party by Clare Mackintosh (Sphere)
Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas (Penguin Books)
➑️ The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell (Orion)
➑️ The Collective by Alison Gaylin (Orion)
Hunting Evil by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (HQ)
Until the Debt is Paid by Alexander Hartung translated by Steve Anderson (Amazon Crossing)
Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Books)

However, being the rebellious rule breaker that I am (πŸ˜‚) I will be reviewing the four books I haven’t yet reviewed on the blog under the #20booksofsummer22 hashtag in the coming months. So please look out for my review of What Lies Between Us by John Marrs on or around 22nd September, my review ofΒ Until the Debt is Paid by Alexander Hartung translated by Steve Anderson on or around 26th September, my review ofΒ A Sliver of Darkness by C.J. Tudor on 29th September and my review of True Crime Story by Joseph Knox on or around 6th October. What a rebel! And should my reading schedule allow me to choose a book from my shelves then I will be selecting from the remaining SIX books on my list because I really, REALLY need to read these beauties:

1⃣ Black Widows by Cate Quinn (Orion)

2⃣ Tall Oaks by Chris Whitaker (Bonnier Zaffre)
3⃣ Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas (Penguin Books)
4⃣ Hunting Evil by Chris Carter (Simon & Schuster)
5⃣ The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (HQ)
6⃣ Damage by Caitlin Wahrer (Penguin Books)

So there we have it. I didn’t quite manage to read all of the twenty books I selected for the challenge but I did finish twenty-four books in total and started a twenty-fifth on 30th August so that’s got to count for something…??! Here are the other books I read between 1st June and 1st September which weren’t on my list but perhaps should have been…? 😜

πŸ“šΒ Fatal Witness by Robert Bryndza
πŸ“šΒ More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez
πŸ“šΒ Summer Fever by Kate Riordan
πŸ“šΒ Run Time by Catherine Ryan Howard
πŸ“šΒ The Family Retreat by Bev Thomas
πŸ“šΒ Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone by Benjamin Stevenson
πŸ“šΒ The Invisible by Peter Papathanasiou (review will go live on 5th September)
πŸ“šΒ Black Lake Manor by Guy Morpuss (review will go live on 8th September)
πŸ“šΒ The Way It Is Now by Garry Disher (review will go live on 12th September)
πŸ“šΒ The Axe Woman by HΓ₯kan Nesser translated by Sarah Death (review will go live on 15th September)

Despite feeling that I was always trying to catch up I have really enjoyed taking part in the challenge this year (although my poor family who had to put up with my constant fretting about not meeting the target would probably disagree with that statement!). Anyhoo, that’s it for another year. Fingers crossed Cathy runs the challenge again in 2023 as I hope to redeem myself and absolutely smash it πŸ’₯

And if my future self is reading this, stick to the darned list, Emma! Read the books you choose and don’t accept any new review requests. They may be pretty, and you may be desperate to read them, but they won’t help you complete the challenge. Rant over 🀣

Did you take part in the 20 Books of Summer challenge this year? How did you fare? Let me know in the comments.

#CaseClosed: #June2020 #amreading #amreviewing #bookblogger #damppebbles #booklove #20booksofsummer20 #R3COMM3ND3D2020

Ah, it’s been a long time since I last wrote an end of the month #CaseClosed post. Will I remember how to do it? Will this post be a lot of bumbling around and unnecessary waffle? Most likely. But that’s nothing new πŸ˜‚

At the end of May when I posted my 20 Books of Summer sign up post, I mentioned doing a monthly wrap up so….TA-DAH! This is my progress check. My attempt to keep me on track with the challenge (you can find out exactly what it’s about HERE). I have completely failed the 20 Books of Summer challenge two years on the trot now but that will NOT be the case in 2020, no siree!

So, one month in, how’s it all going? Well….

I’M ONLY FLIPPING READING MY TENTH BOOK OF THE CHALLENGE AND THERE ARE STILL TWO WHOLE MONTHS TO GO πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

I’m a little bit happy.

But I know what you’re thinking. It probably involves the words: chickens, counting, hatched and don’t. Right? Hmm, you’re probably right but….YAY!!!

I have read nine books in June which, for many of my fellow bloggers, isn’t a lot, but it’s shedloads for me! Here’s how my 20 Books of Summer list currently looks (not all reviews are live at the moment but most are written):

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia
The Guesthouse by Abbie Frost (currently reading)
The Home by Mats Strandberg
The Search Party by Simon Lelic
The Shadow Friend by Alex North (review will be published on 9th July)
Midtown Huckster by Leopold Borstinski
Blood Lines by Angela Marsons
Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan (review will be published on 14th July)
Her Last Breath by Alison Belsham
The Secret by Katerina Diamond
The Betrayals by Fiona Neill
Written in Bones by James Oswald
The Hunted by Gabriel Bergmoser
Her Husband’s Lover by Julia Crouch
Tattletale by Sarah Naughton
Last Breath by Robert Bryndza
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Halfway by B.E. Jones
The Proposal by S.E. Lynes
The Killer You Know by S.R. Masters

I feel as though I’ve made a really positive start to the challenge. I’m trying to read at least 25% of a book every day to keep me on top of things. So far, so good (but please keep everything crossed for me!)

So here’s to month two and lots more absolutely cracking books!

Are you taking part in 20 Books of Summer? How are you getting on?

On a slightly different note, we’re in July now so it’s time to start thinking about #R3COMM3ND3D2020 (stop it, I can hear some of you groaning πŸ˜‚….)

If you’re new to the blog you may be wondering what #R3COMM3ND3D is, so allow me to explain. It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published this year in 2020.

I realise there’s still a lot of 2020 left but for the early birds, here’s the sign-up form:

I’ll do an official post at the start of September but if you want to get in quick, here’s your chance. Places are limited to 57 so please don’t miss out!

That’s all from me. Have a marvellous July, stay safe and keep sharing the book love πŸ–€