Setting aside for a moment my plan to slip in the odd Classic, this is what I'm looking forward to reading this summer: (All titles are linked to their Goodreads summaries and are in no particular order.)
1. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
This one's been on my radar for a while, and it just debuted this past week. Sadly, I'll have to wait until next month to get my hands on it as I've already purchased my quota of books this month. It just looks and sounds like a great summer read.
2. Second Chance Summer - Morgan Matson
I don't usually migrate to books that I know will make me cry, or at the very least give me that painful feeling in my throat (you know what I mean), but I loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so I'm willing to get past that to read Matson's latest.
3. Between the Lines - Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer
I've really enjoyed everything I've read by Jodi Picoult, so her first ever YA book co-authored with her teenage daughter is definitely one for the TBR list. And this little tidbit just seals the deal: "What happens when happily ever after...isn't?"
4. In Honor - Jessi Kirby
The last road trip novel I read was Amy & Roger, and as mentioned, I loved it. There's so much to love about the journey, the self-discovery, the healing, and of course romance. I can't go on a road trip, so I'll just live vicariously through Honor.
5. Five Flavors of Dumb - Antony John
...Currently sitting on my shelf collecting dust, and still unread. There's just something compelling about a book featuring a teenaged band manager who can't actually hear the band's music because she's deaf. That certainly catches my attention.
6. Enchanted - Alethea Kontis
I love fairy tale retellings, and this book-length version of The Frog Prince had me at hello. (Did I just type that? I can't believe I just typed that.) Anyway, a story where a girl befriends a frog, then kisses said frog thereby turning him back into a prince is exactly the kind of book I feel like reading this summer. I'll save it for when I finish Wuthering Heights (blech).
7. Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Rave reviews, a fantastic book trailer, and a setting that's kind of Russia but maybe not? I. Can't. Wait. This was part of my monthly book quota expenditure, and it's making its way to me in the mail as we speak. It can't get here fast enough.
8. For Darkness Shows the Stars - Diana Peterfreund
Another one in the mail and eagerly anticipated. I have a WiP that's a YA retelling of Persuasion, but this one just sounds WAY better. Jane Austen's story set in a sci-fi Luddite future is so much more creative than my take on it has been so far.
9. Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
I had this book in my hands at Chapters the other day, and I keep kicking myself for not buying it. I even have a discount I could have used. The WWII setting and a protagonist who is an 'enemy agent' captured and held by the SS intrigues me.
10. The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
Still sitting on the shelf waiting to be read. I feel especially bad about this, because I won my copy from the wonderful Mrs. Silverstein some time ago. She gave it a rave review just the other day on her blog, so I'm even more excited about it now. And after reading Kristin Cashore's Graceling series a couple months ago, I've been in the mood for more fantasy.
How about you? What books are on your Summer TBR list?