Today’s Top Ten Tuesday (as always, hosted by the inimitable Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl) is meant to be about what your top ten beachy/poolside reads are for this summer. However, I am of Norwegian descent, and if I look at the sun I burst into a pillar of flame. The idea of going outside intentionally during the summertime is ludicrous to me, so I won’t even pretend to tell you what I’ll read poolside because I will be reading it at home, in my air conditioning. Luckily Jana had people like me in mind when she put this prompt up, so I was able to take the “plan B” quitters/pale people route and have therefore elected to make this week’s TTT post all about 10 of the books on my summertime TBR!
#1: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir
My blogging girlfriend and soulmate Katie over at Pages & Pugs is sending her ARC of this to me, because when I discovered that it was $20 on Amazon I almost fell out of my chair. So I need to read this one ASAP and get it back to her.
#2: Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone
I am a sucker for a book about religion/organized religion/religious doubt/inner conflict, and this one just seemed too perfect to not pick it up upon release. Plus look at this gorgeous cover! I mean oooof.
#3: Save the Date by Morgan Matson
It is against my made-up religion to read a Morgan Matson book any month that is not July or August, so I am putting this on the slight TBR backburner until next month. Any book by Matson is guaranteed to make you feel the steamy summer heat in your face, possibly because you are me and you live in Georgia and it’s 100 degrees with the heat index and why did God forsake our state?
#4: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
I bring up Katie at P&P again not to sound like a stalker (oops), but because she is constantly mentioning how much she loves Jenn Bennett. I picked up this beauty last year, put it on my shelf, and immediately forgot about it. When I recalled its existence, I told myself I had to wait until summertime to pick it back up. Lo and behold, it’s summer now: time to see what all the fuss is about.
#5: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I have yet to read anything by Schwab, yet I own three of her series starter books. Whoopsies. This seems most accessible/interesting of the three, so I figured I’ll start with Vicious and go from there. I do love a good villain story.
#6: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
This has been sitting on my TBR shelf for far too long (aka: since its May release date), and I really want to crack into it. For some reason, the summer months make me want to read contemporaries (a bit understandable), and thrillers (slightly less understandable). I have a good feeling about this one, I just need to find a good space and time to dig into it.
#7: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I read and adored A Court of Thorns and Roses not all that long ago, but I got distracted by shiny things and other books, so I stepped away from this sequel. I need to read it before I completely forget everything that happened in the first book.
#8: Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon
I’ve had miss Olivia here sitting on my shelf for a while now – she was my May Once Upon a Book Club book, and so it’s just sitting there, surrounded by cute little wrapped packages and I just haven’t had the time to pick this one up and solve its mysteries. My favorite classic novel is Dickens’ Oliver Twist, so I am anxious to see how this retelling holds up.
#9: Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I have had this sitting on my shelf for far too long considering how much I adored the Cinder series. With the second book in this series coming out later this year, I definitely need to get Renegades under my belt quickly.
#10: The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
I’ve had this sitting on my shelf since release day. While it’s not normally a book I’d reach for typically, suicide is an issue close to my heart and I am eager to see how this novel deals with it. I’ll keep this one close to my chest when I feel “ready” for it.
What do you think of my summer TBR? Are any of these on your TBR shelf, or maybe you already read them? Let me know!