For Reading Addicts Reading Challenge 2020 – July

This year’s challenge is proving more popular than ever, thank you all for joining in, We hope you’re all finding it helpful at this difficult time. We’ve had lots of posts on the reading group page and many members have managed 3 or more books. Thank you all for sharing.

July’s categories are:-


Read a book by an author whose name begins with G or S. Here are just a few examples;

Tim Gatreau, Patina Gappah, Neil Gaiman, Lisa Genova, Nina George, Yaa Gyasi

Ali Smith, Graeme Simsion, Sunjeev Sahota, Marie Semple, Diane Setterfield, Elif Shafak, Kamila Shamsie.


Read a book of poetry – here are just a few suggestions from Cwts Club Discussion Group

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Golden Gate – Vikram Seth

Set in the 1980s in the affluence and sunshine of California’s Silicon Valley, it is an exuberant and witty story of twenty-somethings looking for love, pleasure and the meaning of life.

The Golden Gate

The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath

This comprehensive volume contains all Sylvia Plath’s mature poetry written from 1956 up to her death in 1963. The poems are drawn from the only collection Plath published while alive, The Colossus, as well as from posthumous collections Ariel, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees.

The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath

You Took The Last Bus Home – Brian Bilston

With endless wit, imaginative wordplay and underlying heartache, he offers profound insights into modern life, exploring themes as diverse as love, death, the inestimable value of a mobile phone charger, the unbearable torment of forgetting to put the rubbish out, and the improbable nuances of the English language.

You Took The Last Bus Home

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.

The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova

Other suggestions include Pablo Neruda, Jack Gilbert, Tracey K Smith, Joy Harjo, Dylan Thomas, Jackie Kay, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy or pick up a poetry anthology to read work by different poets.

From For Reading Addicts see also:

Top 20 Poetry Books for Poetry Virgins

Jackie Kay Recommends – Poetry Anthologies

5 New Collections for the Poetry Fan in Your Life

Poetry Category for 2018 Challenge



Read a book by an author whose name begins with G or S and read a book of poetry.

We hope you enjoy this year’s challenge. Don’t forget to share what you are reading in our Cwts Club Discussion Group.

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