Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR


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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is books on my summer to be read (TBR) list. I need to write a whole post on how I manage (or mis-manage, as the case may be) my TBR. It is downright comical for me to list just ten books I hope to get to this summer. It’s like when I say I am just going to have ONE glass of wine or ONE bite of something chocolate. Cue eye rolling and snickering from those who know me best. Thus, as with many other areas of my life, I tend to have a “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” approach to my TBR.

I am in the process of improving my system which currently includes a rather large and unmanageable list on the Notes app on my phone/tablet/laptop. But I am having trouble with the concept of going uber “type A” and creating a spreadsheet list. I am almost there.

As with most bookish subjects, I digress. Back to the 10 (snicker, snicker) books I plan on reading this summer. I could not bring myself to include less than 15.

Note: I put this list together a few weeks ago, so a few I have already been able to get through. (My summer is almost half-way over.)

  1. My Lovely Wife: I bought a copy (Hardback) and also put this one on my big list of thrillers to read this summer, but I have still not been able to get to it. Maybe soon?
  2. The Swallows: I adore Lisa Lutz and this one was also on my last TTT with releases I am most anticipating for the second half of 2019.
  3. The Gown: I love historical fiction and British royals (it’s genetic from my mother), so I was excited to get to this one and recently finished it. I have a more in depth review (with a recipe) coming soon!
  4. Crazy Rich Asians: This one obviously is wildly popular and it seemed like one I would like. Alas, it was not for me, and I DNF’ed it around a quarter of the way through the audio.
  5. Before She Knew Him: This one is also on my thriller list, and the premise really stuck with me. I recently have seen more about it on Instagram, and now I am even more excited to read it.
  6. The Hating Game: Back in January or February, I put myself in line for this one on the looooong hold list at the library (Libby app). Based on my calculations, it would come in around the time I was in need of a good fluffy book to read on the beach. We shall see!
  7. Raven Black: I have talked quite a bit on this blog about one of my favorite TV shows, Shetland. Well, the show is based on Ann Cleeves’s Shetland books and this is the first book in the series. I actually finished this one already and loved it. It’s more of a slow-burn thriller which I don’t normally love but Cleeves seems to be the rare author that is able to keep me captivated regardless.
  8. The Unhoneymooners: This title is constantly showing up in my Instagram feed, and I don’t think I have ever seen a bad review. I am not a fan of this kind of book normally, but I am intrigued. (Plus, I won a free copy on an Instagram giveaway, so just need to get to it.)
  9. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: I thought Daisy Jones and the Six was brilliant, and I listed it as one of my favorite books of 2019 (so far). I think Seven Husbands is going to be my next TJR book. Also, my fellow book blogger friend crafted this amazing review which made me want to make it more of a priority and try and get to it this summer.
  10. Little Darlings: This one just looks so creepy and fun. I have a copy, but it has just been hanging out with my other books that I never seem to get to lately.
  11. Priory of the Orange Tree: I love a good fantasy epic but it has been years since I have found one I think I will truly enjoy. I recently snagged a copy when it was on sale through Kindle, and it is waiting.
  12. The River: Heller is a new author for me, but I love reading both mysteries and books about the outdoors, so this sounds so good to me.
  13. The Which Way Tree: I am currently listening to this one set in post Civil War Central Texas – they have mentioned both Bandera and Comfort so far – and I just could not adore the setting (my old stomping grounds) more. I have barely scratched the surface of the story, but so far it seems like it is going to be a true unexpected gem.
  14. Inheritance: I am doing a buddy read of this one with a friend so am reading this on my tablet (Kindle app). I am about halfway through it, but I am having trouble with the subject matter (great writing, though!).
  15. Celine: I recently heard about Heller’s new book, The River (see #12) and when I looked it up at the library (Libby app), the wait was around six months long so I just decided to buy a copy. This one was available right away, so I started it recently. So far, Heller’s writing is stellar and the characters are especially interesting.

What books are on your summer “to be read” list?

Have you read any of these titles or do you have any on your list? Feel free to link your TTT below!

8 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer TBR

  1. Hello, bookish friend! Thank you for the link to my EVELYN HUGO review. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my review further inspired you to read this fantastic book!

    I really need to add THE GOWN to my TBR list. I keep seeing it pop up everywhere, and it seems good. And, I love the idea of a Summer TBR list! I just requested a whole slew of books from the library: LITTLE DARLINGS is in there, along with THE FRIENDS WE KEEP (I’m a huge Jane Green fan) and THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT, which promises to be very spooky!! (I love spooky books!).

    Happy summer reading!! xoxo

  2. It’s so difficult to pick out only 10 from our TBR mountain! I enjoyed The Gown πŸ‘ Inheritance was ok….a bit repetitive and long I thought but relevant ethical questions raised! I think you’ll like The River! Happy reading!

  3. Lots of good reading ahead! The Gown is enjoyable πŸ‘ I liked Inheritance but thought it could have been edited for length. I think you’ll love The River and I hope you get it soon! I have Celine on my radar too! Happy reading!πŸ‘

    1. I agree about Inheritance….it’s a little repetitive. Thanks – I am about halfway through Celine. It is so well written but I have to admit it is dragging a little.

  4. Wow, how is your summer already half over? Does the school year start in early August where you live? Or is that season super short?

    I know that some parts of nothern Canada only have a couple of months of mildly warm weather before it gets cold again.

    My TTT.

    1. Our school let out the week before Memorial Day and starts up Aug 20th. So, technically the halfway point is not for another week or so but close enough.

  5. I really like Shetland but only recently discovered that it was based on books by Ann Cleeves. That does make me want to try her stuff!

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