June 19, 2012

TTT: Summer Reading

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic (wow, that's a lot of 'T's) over on the Broke and the Bookish blog is all about sunshine and good books, two of my favourite things. Here's what we're blogging about today:


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?


25 comments:

  1. I hope you enjoy both IN HONOR and SECOND CHANCE SUMMER...Can't wait to hear your thoughts on them!
    I also have MY LIFE NEXT DOOR on my Summer TBR, it just sounds too good to pass up...it's waiting nicely on my Kindle.
    Afte reading your post, I will need to add:
    Between the Lines, Enchanted, Code Name Verify to the ever-growing list.
    Totally had a flashback to Jerry McGuire reading your "had me at hello". I quite love that movie :D

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    1. I love books like these because they're quick reads that are easy to burn through, while totally enjoyable. Of course, I'll be slipping in the odd classic, but it's books like these that get me excited. They're great incentive to get some writing done, so I can spend my evening with a good book! :D

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  2. I can't wait to read FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS!!!!!!! A friend read an early copy and raved about it so I've had to sit here and grumble about waiting. LOL!

    My Summer TBR list includes all my BEA books (though I'm done with 3 of them! out of 10) and also Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. No idea how I am going to get through all of those though. I just hope it happens!

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    1. At first I was kind of bummed when I found out that FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS because I was writing a PERSUASION inspired story. But then I was just so darn excited about the premise of it that I just didn't care. I love that people are reimagining classics in a completely different setting, namely sci-fi. So awesome! :)

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  3. Hmmm... Jodi Picoult does YA--that might be interesting. I believe SHADOW AND BONE is on my TBR list--if not, I need to put it there. There are some other interesting titles here. I think I have enough books on my TBR to occupy my Summer reading (and probably my reading for the rest of the year--I'll post my top ten in a few weeks), so I look forward to seeing what you have to say about these. :)

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    1. Normally it kind of irritates me when I see adult market authors trying to cash in on the ever-popular YA market, but for Jodi Picoult I'll set that aside. I like that it's co-authored with her daughter. Very cool. My Summer TBR list includes a ton more books than are on this list, but since it isn't Top Twenty-Thousand Tuesday, I thought I'd reign it in a little. :)

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  4. Such a great list! I LOVED Second Chance Summer (though yes, it made me bawl), and I've already bought My Life Next Door and In Honor to read this summer. Can't wait!

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    1. IN HONOR is already loaded up on my Kindle, so I'm pretty excited about that. I have so many books on my shelves from my TBR list, it's a little overwhelming. Sometimes there's such a thing as too much selection. :) I kind of already made reading FAHRENHEIT 451 next as a goal, but after that who knows?

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  5. I'd like to read Shadow and Bone at some point too. And Enchanted. I'm a fan of retellings too. :)

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    1. I've had both on my list for a while, but it's even better when you hear how much people are loving them. That just gets me even more excited! :)

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    2. What a great list! All the books here that I've read have been five-star books for me (Enchanted, Girl of Fire and Thorns, Code Name Verity). I'm reading Shadow and Bone now and liking it, and all the rest went on my TBR with the exception of the Jodi Picoult. (I absolutely loved My Sister's Keeper...until maybe the last 40 pages? I was really frustrated by the ending, so I'm leery of picking up another of her books. But there have been a few that sounded really interesting, so I'll probably cave eventually!). I also love the sound of For Darkness Shows the Stars! (I'm such a Jane Austen nerd.). Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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  6. I've got For Darkness Shows the Stars and Code Name Verity on my summer TBR list too. Catching Jordan by Miranda Keneally (I think I spelt that wrong) and Timepiece by Myra McEntire. Those are just a few...

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    1. I still haven't read either CATCHING JORDAN or TIMEPIECE. Both are on my super long TBR list on Goodreads. Those would be good summer reads too. :)

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  7. GREAT list--Code Name is next on my list!

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    1. I really do need to go back and pick that one up. It sounds good, and knowing that people really liked it makes it that much more appealing!

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  8. These all look so good! MY LIFE NEXT DOOR and SHADOW AND BONE are both definitely on my TBR list for this summer :)

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    1. There are just so many good ones, and this is only a small handful of everything that I'd love to read this summer. :)

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  9. FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB is one of my very favorites! I hope you like it!

    And I love your new blog layout!

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    1. It sounds really good, so I'm excited to read it.

      Thanks (re: blog layout)! I wanted something cleaner, fresher, and uncluttered, so I came up with this new look. I like it so much better. :)

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  10. Great choices! IN HONOR and MY LIFE NEXT DOOR are on my Must-Read list as well. And again, I am loving your pretty blog face lift. Almost makes me want to tackle mine. :)

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    1. Both of them sound really good, and they seem like perfect summer reads. As for the blog, I was finding it was super cluttered and not really what I wanted. I was experiencing blog envy every time I went to certain blogs, so I thought I'd come up with something new. I like it so much better! :)

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  11. I'm still trying to make time to finish the three books I'm reading now. I haven't chosen any specifically for this summer.

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    1. There a whole bunch of other books that aren't on this list that I hope to get to this summer, especially a bunch of classics. Since I plan on reading more than ten books, this shouldn't be too difficult. :)

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  12. Good choices! I also want to read The Golden Lily.

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  13. Oooh, pretty blog update! I love the color scheme.

    I thought about jumping on the Top Ten Tuesday thing today but just didn't get to it. I've got a couple of the same books on my list, but mainly this summer I'm reading sad books. My WiP is about loss and so I've naturally migrated toward similar books. I'm going to have to throw in some fun chick-lit to balance things out. :)

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