10 Books of Summer

How exciting to see that Cathy at 746 Books is celebrating 10 years of 20 Books of Summer! I haven’t participated every year but I’m looking forward to joining in on the fun this summer.

I enjoy using reading challenges to focus on books I’ve had for a while so with that in mind I’ve selected 10 books to focus on. This time I’m also including some Kindle reads that I’ve had on my Kindle for at least 5 years. If I swap out any books it has to be with another shelf sitter.

Here is my pile of possibilities:

The Swiss Summer by Stella Gibbons. I picked this one up due to the title because honestly that’s where I’d love to be right now!

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. This classic tells the story of Father Jean Marie Latour, a French Jesuit priest, who is sent on mission to the newly acquired southwestern part of the United States in 1851.

Barbara Isn’t Dying by Alina Bronsky; translated by Tim Mohr. Walter Schmidt has lived his whole life within the narrow, “comfortable” confines of traditional gender roles. After all, he could always count on his wife, Barbara. But when one morning she can’t get up from bed anymore, everything changes. I’ve greatly enjoyed  two other books by Alina Bronsky.

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie. The beautiful bronzed body of Arlena Stuart lay facedown on the beach. But strangely, there was no sun and she was not sunbathing… she had been strangled. I always like to have a mystery to choose from and it’s been ages since I read any Agatha Christie.

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood. Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank, and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three.

Photographic: The Life of Gabriela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero. Through this graphic novel we discover the power of images through the photography of Graciela Iturbide. Born in Mexico, Iturbide blazed her own path in the photography scene of the 1970s to become one of the most accomplished photographers in the world.

From my Kindle:

The Lost Words by Stephanie Butland. Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look closely, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are things she’ll never show you. Fifteen years ago Loveday lost all she knew and loved in one unspeakable night.

Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose. In Regency London, an unconventional scientist and a fearless female artist form an unlikely alliance to expose a cold-hearted killer . . . It’s been a while since I read a historical mystery!

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Korede’s sister Ayoola is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead, stabbed through the heart with Ayoola’s knife.

Things You Save in the Fire by Katherine Center. Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse. She’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own.

As usual, I try to  a variety of genres. Let’s see how I do this summer but I’m excited. Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if you are planning to join!

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