After taking last summer off, this year I’ll once again be participating in the 20 Books of Summer hosted by Cathy on her blog 746 Books. After a great deal of hemming and hawing I’ve selected 20 books.
- Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II, 1937-1945 by Ratta Mitter (2013)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (2008)
- The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eiseley (1969)
- The Time of the Uprooted by Elie Wiesel (2007)
- Becket or The Honor of God by Jean Anouilh (1960)
- Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff (2014)
- God’s Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570-1215 by David Levering Lewis (2008)
- Encounters with the Archdruid: Narratives About a Conservationist and Three of His Natural Enemies by John McPhee (1971)
- The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (2013)
- Early Modern Europe: From About 1450 to About 1720 by Sir George Clark (1962)
- Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson (2014)
- 5 Ideas That Changed the World by Barbara Ward (1959)
- A Nation Rising: Untold Tales from America’s Hidden History by Kenneth C. Davis (2011)
- The Jews in America: The Roots and Destiny of American Jews by Max Dimont (1978)
- Europe Between Revolutions 1815-1848 by Jacques Droz (1967)
- There There by Tommy Orange (2018)
- The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us by Keith Lowe (2017)
- The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor by David S. Landes (1999)
- The Dragon and the Foreign Devils: China and the World, 1100 B.C. to the Present by Harry G. Gelber (2007)
- The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick (2017)
In 2018 and 2019 I began each summer with high hopes I’d make it through all my books only to come up short. Both summers I deviated substantially from my original list of books, frequently just reading whatever the heck I happened to be in mood for at the time. I also fell short of my target of 20 books. (For instance, in 2019 I read only 16.) Fortunately, Cathy is a kind and flexible host, reminding all of us to simply read as many books as we’d like and freely substitute as we go along.
I’m hoping to use this as an opportunity to also tackle a chunk of my to be read pile (TBR) while at the same time also participating in other reading challenges like the European Reading Challenge, What’s in a Name Challenge, Mount TBR Reading Challenge, and Books in Translation Reading Challenge. With roughly a third of these books published prior to 1978 this is also a great chance to spotlight my Old Books Reading Project.