June 16, 2014

The Top 10 Books From My Summer Reading List

I've been meaning to link-up with The Broke and the Bookish for a Top 10 Tuesday post for about 2 years now. And finally it's happening! Tomorrow's theme is the top 10 books on your summer TBR list. I've narrowed down the list of books I'm looking forward to, which was rather difficult actually. (Although I did cheat a bit and include a couple of fall releases.) Without further ado: The Top 10 Books From My Summer Reading List.

  1. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley. I'm waiting so-very-impatiently for this one to come in at the library! I love this series, starring precocious 11 year old chemist/detective Flavia de Luce, so very much. And book 5 had a pretty big cliffhanger, so I can't wait to see where the story of the de Luce family, and the village of Bishop's Lacey, goes in the next book.
  2. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling.  I just started this memoir a few days ago. It's witty and entertaining, and perfect pre-bed reading, because it won't keep me up! A friend told me she didn't much like the audiobook because Mindy's high voice gets annoying after a while; so I'm glad I got the e-book.
  3. Delancey by Molly Wizenberg. Molly's first foodie memoir was so good; I'm sure I'll love this one too. And hopefully I'll get some great recipes out of it!
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. Since I raced through the last super-hyped book I read (Life After Life); I'm hoping that The Goldfinch will be equally enjoyable. But I might be on hold for it at the library till next year.
  5. The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig. If you've never read a Pink Carnation book; they're perfect summer reading. They're historical spy fiction with a modern chick lit story framing the flashbacks, so they're like Bridget Jones meets The Scarlet Pimpernel. I've enjoyed this series for years, and I'm happy there's a new one coming out in August.

  6. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. Alas, The Rosie Effect doesn't come out till September (UK), so it's not summer-reading. In the meantime, if you haven't read The Rosie Project do so immediately! The Rosie Project is the story of Professor Don Tillman's search for love. Don is socially awkward (presumably on the autism spectrum), and his attempts to find the perfect wife are touching and hilarious.
  7. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. Again, a fall release. BUT I CAN'T WAIT. I seriously am jitterily (yes I made that up) excited for this book. I might even re-read The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves while I'm waiting, just so I can lose myself in that world a bit. [If you loved The Dark is Rising sequence as a kid, you'll adore these - they're about a set of rich, prep school boys (the Raven boys) & a teenage girl with psychic abilities (Blue), who are on a quest to find the body of the missing Welsh king Owen Glendower.]
  8. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I'm super excited for this one too. It's the final entry in a trilogy about a girl named Alina who has Grisha magic. Alina is attempting to hone her powers to overthrow the Darkling, who rules Ravka with an iron fist. Ravka is obviously based on Tsarist Russia; I really enjoy the Russian-esque setting of these books, and the blend of Russian history with Bardugo's imaginative world.
  9. Love Life by Rob Lowe. I had to throw at least one audiobook on the list, since summer often involves road tripping. Lowe's funny stories, read in his own impeccable timing, are perfect summer fare. [And remember how I hinted that tomorrow's giveaway will be an audiobook? (Ahem, insert REALLY OBVIOUS HINT here.)]
  10. The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. I'm so intrigued by the premise of this book: it's set in a pre-apocalyptic United States. An asteroid is going to hit the earth in 6 months, and society is breaking down. But Detective Hank Palace is determined to still do his job, even though no one else cares.

What's on YOUR summer reading list?

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