What’s On My “2020 Summer Reading Challenge” TBR

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Guys, it’s finally here! Another summer of classic film book reading is upon us and Raquel from Out of the Past has just posted the sign-up sheet on her blog and social channels. 

This is one of the only reading challenges I actively participate in every year because not only does it bring us classic film nerds together online, it also forces us to focus solely on reading all of the great classic film non-fiction books we acquire throughout the year.

I’m totally down for eschewing my regular fiction picks in favour of 3 months’ worth of classic film reads and this is the perfect opportunity to do so! If you’re interested in participating in this year’s #ClassicFilmReading challenge, head on over to Raquel’s blog and sign up using this form.

Remember to use the #ClassicFilmReading hashtag when posting about it on social media so that we can all connect with each other and spread the bookish love.

Here’s everything I’ve added to my TBR this year:

Complicated Women: Sex & Power in Pre-Code Hollywood by Mick LaSalle [RE-READ]

Bombshell: The Life & Death of Jean Harlow by David Stenn [RE-READ]

Swanson On Swanson: An Autobiography by Gloria Swanson

Peter O’Toole: A Biography by Nicholas Wapshott

MGM Style: Cedric Gibbons & the Art of the Golden Age of Hollywood by Howard Gutner

Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking by Rocky Lang & Barbara Hall

Hollywood, her story: An Illustrated History of Women & the Movies by Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. & Barbara Bridges

Silent Stars by Jeanine Basinger

I know. It’s a very ambitious list this year, but two of them are re-reads and not very “heavy” if I’m honest. I’ll save those two titles for when I need a break in between the more robust reads. Lots of beautiful coffee table books this year which is nice – I think the one I’m most looking forward to reading is my newest acquisition: Hollywood, her story. I added that title to my collection just last week after receiving some gift cards for my birthday. 

I’d love to see what you’ve added to your #ClassicFilmReading TBR this year, so please do link me to your posts in the comments section down below!

6 thoughts on “What’s On My “2020 Summer Reading Challenge” TBR

  1. This sounds a like a fun reading challenge. Summer is a great time to get into some interesting reads and these sound really good. I love classic films, but I never thought about reading books on the subject…I may have to do that this summer as well! Thank you for sharing these.

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    1. Classic film books are awesome! You should definitely check some of them out – especially some of the coffee table books that exist. They’re absolutely beautiful.


  2. Oh wow! What a selection! Looking forward to hearing about them all.
    I love that she called her book ‘Swanson on Swanson.’ Just feels so right 😉 xox

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  3. This is a great TBR list. I have some of these and Letters from Hollywood is definitely going to be one I read for the challenge. I love that you included re-reads and are aiming for possibly 8 books. Impressive! How do you break up your reading? And when do you do it during your day? Thanks again for participating and for being such a big champion for my challenge. xoxoxo

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    1. I saw Letters from Hollywood on your TBR and it inspired me to add it to mine. I hate the idea of acquiring all these beautiful coffee table books and then not actually reading them. I use your challenge every year to make sure I’m giving these books the attention they deserve. So, a giant THANK YOU to you, seriously. Yes, I’m aiming for 8 but I very much doubt I’ll get to all of them LOL I think it’s my nature to want to overcompensate when it comes to reading. I work a full-time Mon-Fri job so I have limited time during the week to read. Still, I make sure to read something at least once a day and that’s usually right before bed when I’m at my most relaxed. Come June 1st, I’ll be putting aside all of my fiction books in favour of the books I added to my challenge TBR. I don’t have a set plan in regards to which books I pick up first — I’m a mood reader, so whatever I’m in the mood for, that’s what I’ll choose off my stack. I think this year, it’ll be Complicated Women first. It’s a fairly light, easy read so it’ll be nice to kick-off the challenge with something I can breeze through quickly. You will always have my support, Raquel. ALWAYS. xo


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