20 Books of Summer Challenge 2019 #20BooksofSummer2019 #amreading #damppebbles #15BooksofSummer2019

Call me a glutton for punishment but after my complete failure to get anywhere near completing Cathy’s #20BooksofSummer challenge (check out her BRILLIANT blog at 746 Books) last year I’m going to take the plunge and try again this Summer. But, having realised that compared to many bloggers I am a slow reader, and having realised that for 6 of the 13 weeks I have two small people running about the house screaming for my undivided attention, maybe 20 books in 13 weeks was a bit of a big ask. Fifteen books, however, feels a little more manageable. So this year I will be aiming to read 15 glorious books over the Summer months.

If you have a superbly good memory then you may recognise some of the following titles from my 2018 challenge (still not read a year on *book blogger guilt!*). It was a joy to choose my 15 books and I could have easily picked more but rules is rules! I’ve chosen 5 physical books and the rest have been sitting on my NetGalley for aeons gathering dust. I have a plan though. Read the physical copies first as they will be easier when the kids aren’t at home all the time and then move onto the ebook copies for the Summer Holidays. I have put some thought into this despite how it looks, lol!

Halcyon by Rio Youners
Cut to the Bone by Alex Caan
Scrublands by Chris Hammer
The Five by Hallie Rubenhold

Bird Box by Josh Malerman
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Murder in the Crooked House by Soji Shimada

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
Yesterday by Felicia Yap
Stone Cold Heart by Caz Frear
Halfway by B.E. Jones

The Proposal by S.E. Lynes
The Mayfly by James Hazel
The Dark Room by Jonathan Moore

So there we have it! My fifteen beautiful books in all of their shimmery, shining glory. Have you read any of them? Which ones did you love? Are you taking part in the challenge this year? I’d love to see your books so please feel free to leave a link to your challenge post in the comments!

I think they’re a good mix of dark, dark and a bit more dark which should suit me down to the ground, lol! At the time of writing this post, I have absolutely no reading commitments whatsoever for the remainder of the year so I ‘should’ in theory be able to do this (in theory…..).

If you would like to join in with the challenge too then there’s still plenty of time as we don’t kick off until 3rd June. Go on, give it a try. How hard can it be, right…? πŸ˜‰

Wish me luck and I’ll see you on the other side!

15 books of summer

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Eva Merckx (@noveldeelights) #NovelDeelights

Good morning bookish friends. I am delighted to welcome you to the blog today and to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2018. Today’s guest is one of my very favourite people in the book world, the fabulous Eva Merckx of Novel Deelights. (Although she does push me to my limits by frequently trying to break the rules of #R3COMM3ND3D, and then changes her three choices on an almost daily basis (I exaggerate!). I’m sure she won’t mind me telling you this as she seems rather proud of herself, lol! Oh, and let’s not forget the squirrels…but that’s a story for another day!)

I digress. If you haven’t seen any of my #R3COMM3ND3D2018 posts before (where have you been for the last few days…?!) then let me explain. #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishing folk to recommend three must read books. The only stipulation being that the books must have been published in 2018. Easy right? Apparently not, for some…..

Here are Eva’s final (can’t-be-changed-anymore) choices…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Agatha Christie on crack! What’s not to like? Fabulously original, brilliantly written and utterly genius. A wicked and deliciously weird tale.

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The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Sharon is one of my go-to authors but this book?! Bloody hell! It is original, creepy, chilling and immensely addictive.

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The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes
Historical crime fiction inspired by true events with an exquisite Victorian era atmosphere and brilliant writing that just made me fall in love with books all over again.

Fantastic choices, Eva (even if it took us a while to get there πŸ˜‰).Β  I also lovedΒ The Seven Deaths…Β and there’s a pretty strong chanceΒ The Craftsman will be featuring on my ‘top books of the year’ list in December.Β  I’ve also addedΒ The Murder of Harriet Monckton to my burgeoning wishlist!

If Eva has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the titles she recommends then please see the following links:

|Β The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonΒ |Β The Craftsman by Sharon BoltonΒ |Β The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth HaynesΒ |

About Eva:
I’m Eva, 40 something bookworm living in Belgium. I love books, boots and wine, though not necessarily in that order and I dream of living in beautiful Tuscany some day.

Eva’s Social Media Links:
Novel DeelightsΒ |Β Twitter @noveldeelightsΒ |Β FacebookΒ |

If you would like to take part inΒ #R3COMM3ND3D2018 (there aren’t many places left at the time of writing this!) then all you have to do is complete the following Google form:

20 Books of Summer 2018 #20BooksofSummer2018 #amreading

I am stupidly excited! Having watched from afar for the past two years I am ready, I am prepped and I am determined to take part in the 20 Books of Summer challenge this year. If you’ve never heard of 20 Books of Summer before then hop on over to the lovely Cathy’s blog at 746 Books and you can find out all you need to know.

The challenge starts on Friday 1st June and participants have until 3rd September to read all 20 books on their lists. Gulp! It’s do-able, right?


It was a delight to choose my 20 books for the challenge and I’m 99% happy with my list. The odd change may take place here and there (I’m allowed, it’s in the rules!) but hopefully, no one will notice πŸ˜‰

So without further ado, here are my choices…

Blood City by Douglas Skelton
Cut To The Bone by Alex Caan
Don’t Make a Sound by David Jackson
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Heartman by M.P. Wright
Hide and Seek (DI Helen Grace #6) by M.J. Arlidge
Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Normal by Graeme Cameron

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields
Rattle by Fiona Cummins
Sirens (Aiden Waits #1) by Joseph Knox
The Caller (Detective Robert Hunter #8) by Chris Carter

The Dark Inside (Charlie Yates #1) by Rod Reynolds
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
The Nightstalker by Sebastian Fitzek

The Rule of Fear by Luke Delaney
The White Road by Sarah Lotz
Unsub by Meg Gardiner
Watching Edie by Camilla Way

So there we have it! What do you think? Have you read any of the books on my list? Any you would recommend starting with?

I can’t wait to make a start, but which one to pick first….?? Hmmm πŸ€”. If you’re taking part in 20 Books of Summer 2018 then let me know in the comments.

Wish me luck because I’m going to need it πŸ˜‰. I can’t wait to make a start though!