20 Books of Summer Challenge – July Check In #20booksofsummer


To recap, the 20 Books of Summer challenge is created and hosted by Cathy from 746 Books. The rules are simple – pick 20 books (or 10 or 15) to read over the Summer (June 3rd-September 3rd) in order to reduce our TBR piles.

I thought since we’re one month down I’d do an check in post to see where I’m at with this challenge. Instead of doing 20 books, I decided to try for 25 because, like always, I am overly ambitious, but also I do happen to read a lot so I feel like it’s not that much in three month’s time and should be able to get through these. That’s the dream, anyway! So, how am I doing so far?


  1. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  2. Dreams of the Dark Sky by Tina LeCount Myers
  3. Riverland by Fran Wilde
  4. Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
  5. The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross
  6. An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass
  7. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
  8. Myths & Mortals by Charlie N. Holmberg
  9. The Book of Flora by Meg Elison


  1. The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang
  2. The Girl With No Face by M. H. Boroson
  3. A Song For a New Day by Sarah Pinsker


  1. The Blood Prince by Josie Jaffrey
  2. Lace and Lies by Nancy Warren
  3. The Hidden Face by S. C. Flynn
  4. Clock’s Watch II: Daughters of the Black Moon by Michael Reyes
  5. The Spec Set by Taya Okerlund
  6. Under Ordshaw by Phil Williams
  7. Wagers of Fate by Noureddine Hifad
  8. Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties by Kellie Doherty


  1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  2. Last Bastion by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach
  3. Beautiful by Juliet Marillier
  4. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  5. Touch by Claire North – Currently Reading

Looks like so far I’ve been doing great with my physical TBR pile! I’ve read 3/9 books from that section so far. To be honest, I’m a little surprised because I’m terrible at reading physical copies of books lately (ebooks and audiobooks are so convenient, I never thought I’d be a convert, but here we are).

I’ve read 1/3 eARCs I need to get through this summer, so I’m feeling pretty good about that progress as well. I  *did* happen to get approved, unexpectedly, for another eARC I had requested which I’m super excited about! But that also means I have an additional request to get through now which wasn’t on my original reading plan. No worries though, I built in a bit of room for other books so all should be well, hopefully. 😀

I haven’t read any of the other ebooks on my list yet, but there’s a lot of summer left so I’m sure I’ll get to them soon. I think I’ve put the priority on physical books because then it looks like I’m making more progress, haha.

I’ve only gotten through 1/5 audiobooks, which is also a little surprising for me because I usually tear right through them. I think it’s because I was waiting for Touch to check out from the library for a while and so I was listening to a bunch of shorter books that aren’t on this list, not wanting to get involved in a longer book (Priory, Bastion, and Dreamer are all fairly long listens). Now that I have Touch checked out, I’ll be able to listen to that and then start working on the others.

So, altogether so far I’ve gotten through 5/25 books on my list. That’s not too bad considering I started this challenge about halfway into June. With only two months to go I’ll have to get through about 10 of these each month in order to finish them all. I think that’s doable but we’ll see how things go!

Are you participating in this challenge? How are you doing with your reading challenges so far this year? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to chat!



29 thoughts on “20 Books of Summer Challenge – July Check In #20booksofsummer

  1. Tammy says:

    I think you’re doing great! And I’m excited to see a lot of these reviews. There are some books on your list I will probably never read because of time restraints, so I’ll have to live vicariously 😊

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks, Tammy! I really hope I can buckle down and stay focused with this challenge. I need to get through this TBR pile, lol. Time restraints are the worst! I wish we call all read ALL of the books! 🙂

  2. evelynreads1 says:

    I would say it is going well! I hope you pick up crown of feathers soon, I recently read it and it is now a new favourite of mine!


  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum says:

    You can do this! I have a few of these I should really tackle this summer too, including Crown of Feathers, before I fall even more behind. And there’s nothing wrong with being over ambitious 😀

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks for the encouragement! I’m hoping to squeeze in a lot of reading later this month, my husband will be away for a week on a trip with his mother to visit family, so theoretically, I’ll have some extra reading time. It will feel good to get through some of these and clear out my TBR a bit!

  4. Sarah says:

    I just finished An Illusion of Thieves this weekend and absolutely adored it. I hope you like it too. This seems like good progress for this challenge!

  5. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

    GOOD LUCK!! I’m sure you’ll get to most, if not all of them! I want to try to read Storm of Locusts by the end of the summer, too, before I forget any more of what happened in book 1 lol. And interestingly enough, making a set TBR list and crossing them off one by one makes me inclined to read more, as opposed to just winging it.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      Thanks! i’m really hoping so. Normally I sort of ignore my TBR pile but I think making it into a list for that I can check off is helping because it looks like progress with you put a line through one. 😀 Hope you get to Storm of Locusts soon! I think I’m doing a couple of ‘obligated’ books before going back to my ‘mood’ pile. 🙂

      • Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky says:

        Yeah, checking them off is just so satisfying! And my goal is to get to some sequels by the end of the summer. Like, before I started blogging I thought I was pretty good about keeping up with series (serieses?), but turns out NOPE. 😛

      • waytoofantasy says:

        I haven’t been good at keeping up with series for a looooong time haha. And doing r/Fantasy book bingo hasn’t helped since you can’t reuse authors. Oh well. LOL

  6. Hannah says:

    I am really looking forward to your thoughts on The Priory of the Orange Tree! I really enjoyed the audiobook for this, even if it took me a while to get properly situated in the world.

  7. @lynnsbooks says:

    I can’t make one of these posts. I think it would make me miserable – lol. But reading other people’s post has the opposite effect which is good.
    Good luck with this – fingers and toes crossed for you.
    Lynn 😀

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