20 Books of Summer Challenge Sign Up

My lovely friend Dagny @ Vauquer Boarding House brought this challenge to my attention. The challenge runs June 1 – September 4, and is hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Like Cathy, I’m going to stick with books that I actually own (although, I might fudge and listen to audiobook versions from the library):


  1. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  2. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry
  3. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  5. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  6. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  7. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  8. The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  10. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  11. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  12. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  13. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
  14. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  15. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
  16. The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  17. Heidi by Joanna Spyri
  18. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  19. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  20. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

30 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Challenge Sign Up

  1. mtsedwards says:

    Okay, so is the challenge to read 20 books or to read 20 books you currently own but have not read. If the latter, I’d like to get in on this, if only because it’ll save me from going to the library this summer. ;p


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      The challenge is just to read 20 books. Cathy, who created the challenge, is reading 20 physical books that she owns but hasn’t read (her whole blog is dedicated to reading the 746 books she owns but hasn’t read!).
      Personally, I’m reading books I own – half are re-reads and half are ones I haven’t read yet. I spent April doing a library challenge, so I thought I’d mix it up by reading what I own. 🙂


  2. Alison's Wonderland Recipes says:

    #15 is awesome! It’s a perfect summer read because it’s quick and not too heavy handed, yet has a lot more substance than a lot of other “summer fluff” books. Hope you enjoy it! 🙂


  3. Dagny says:

    So glad you’re participating, Selah. Your list brings back such memories! The Secret Garden is one of my two favorite books from childhood – and we’re talking over sixty years ago! A couple of years ago I spotted an edition at a library sale and purchased it for a neighbor’s child. Naturally I had to read it before passing it on.

    The Railway Children is another favorite from back then and Silas Marner too from a bit later in my life.


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      The Secret Garden and The Railway Children are childhood favorites that I’m going to be sharing with my kids. 🙂 I’ve never read Silas Marner, but I have a lovely hardback copy that I picked up at a library book sale a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to read it and this seemed like the perfect push.

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  4. Brona says:

    The Woman in White and Rebecca would make great winter reads for my 20 list! But their cool, misty, foggy settings will hopefully keep you cool on a hot summers day instead 🙂


  5. FictionFan says:

    Hi! Just popping through from Cathy’s blog to wave hello to another summer challenger! Interesting list – I’ve been meaning to re-read Rebecca for ages and The Guernsey Literary… is on my TBR. Not sure either of them will make it onto my crowded summer list though. Look forward to your reviews – have a great reading summer! 🙂


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