20 books of summer ‘20

Things got a little hectic at work, but I’m here and I’m joining 20 books of summer ’20. 20 books of summer is a readthon of sorts hosted by Cathy at 746 books. The goal is to read 10/15/20 books during the summer. I’m going for the full 20 books, and then I can complain to myself why suddenly reading 20 books in a summer has become more difficult. I wanted my list to reflect that it’s pride month in June and WIT in August, while reflecting why there has been a focus on authors of colours. Sadly, due to work this list became more a hodge-podge of TBR on my shelf.

So, here is my list for summer ’20.

  1. Hedda Gabler (1891) by Henrik Ibsen (Norway)
  2. A fugitive crosses his tracks (1933) by Aksel Sandemose (Danmark/Norway)
  3. Sylvia (1914) by Upton Sinclair (USA)

With these three I’ll finish my 50 classics in 5 years list. I especially want to learn more about Upton Sinclair since he wrote an expose about how American journalism in 1919 was become more sensationalist and less about facts. This isn’t the expose, but he sounds like a guy I want to read.

  • The Ultimate ambition in the Arts of Erudition (14th century) by Shihab Al-Din Al-Nuuwayri (Egypt)
  • Selected writings of a pioneer west African feminist (1931-1966) by Mable Dove (Ghana)
  • Call of the midwife (1950s) – Jennifer Worth (England)
  • Det hellige og det profane (The holy and the profain) (1975) by Mircea Eliade (Romania)

I want to read more non-fiction, for fun, and therefore I wanted to have some classic non-fiction on my list. I like that Mable Dove is the second journalist on my list so far, but this is at least her journalistic work.

  • Fettered for life (1874) by Lillie Devereux Blake (USA)
  • Anno 1926 (1926) by Annie Berckenhoff (Norway)
  • Mother courage and her children (1939) by Bertolt Brecht (Germany)
  • Black Snow (1936) by Mikhail Bulgakov (Russia)
  • The Gardener’s year (1929) by Karel Capek (Czechia)
  • Selected work (1651-1695) by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, sister (Mexico)
  • Children of the new world (1962) by Assia Djebar (Algeria)
  • Well of Loneliness (1928) by Radclyffe Hall (England)
  • The price of salt (1952) by Patricia Highsmith (USA)
  • The collected works of Marjorie Ozanne (1897-1973) by Marjorie Ozanne (Guernsey)
  • Saint Joan 1923) by Bernard Shaw (Ireland)
  • The red carnation (1933) by Elio Vittorini (Italy)
  • The wife of Sir Isaac Harman (1914) by H. G. Wells (England)

I also have three books I want to read this summer, but doesn’t fit the framework of this blog. (1) Den svarte Viking (The Black viking) by Bergsveinn Birgisson. (2) Den erotiske Shakespeare (The erotic Shakespeare) by Erik Bystad, (3) The color Purple by Alice Walker.

Are you doing 20 books of summer ’20. What classical books are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? What did you think about it? Leave your comments down below.

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  1. I’ve read Mother Courage and The Well of Loneliness (and preferred the latter). My 20 books always come up against All Virago/All August but that’s fine as I traditionally do it from my print TBR so I take the beginning of that then the earliest Virago / Persephone and Dean Street Press books I have on there. I do other books around them, too, I just try to get 7 done in June and 6 in July. Happy reading!

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