The seasonal TBR lists are some of my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topics. I love seeing what other people are reading! And normally it’s easy for me to come up with 10 books I’m planning to read within the next few months, since I tend to schedule my reading pretty far in advance. This year, though, I’ve been taking a less structured approach to reading, so I couldn’t come up with 10 strong contenders for my summer TBR list! Still, I did manage to decide on the following eight possibilities, in no particular order:
1. Kate Bolick, Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own — I don’t read much nonfiction, but I’m intrigued by this book, which is supposed to be “a revelatory and slyly erudite look at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single.”
2. Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility — This year I’m rereading all six of Austen’s major novels, and it’s been years since I’ve read S&S, so I’m really looking forward to revisiting it!
3. John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps — Since I started doing the Vintage Mystery Challenge a few years ago, I’m always on the lookout for interesting mysteries and thrillers published before 1960. This one fits the bill (published in 1915!), it’s short, and Hitchcock made it into a movie, so why not?
4. Lauren Willig, The Lure of the Moonflower — I can’t WAIT for this book to come out in August! I’m dying to read Jane’s story, which will hopefully be the best Pink Carnation book of all!
5. Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, How My Summer Went Up in Flames — My OTSP secret sister gave me this book, which looks like an adorable summer read! I’m in a bit of a reading slump lately, so it’ll be nice to rejuvenate with some brain candy!
6. Deanna Raybourn, A Spear of Summer Grass — I’ve had this book for years and somehow never got around to reading it. But I really liked the first few Lady Julia Grey novels, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one too!
7. Mary Stewart, The Gabriel Hounds — I love Mary Stewart’s novels of romantic suspense, and this is one I haven’t read yet. It’s set in and around Damascus, which should be really interesting to read about!
8. Jean Webster, Dear Enemy — I LOVED Daddy-Long-Legs when I read it a few years ago, and this is the sequel, featuring Judy’s good friend Sallie.
What books are you desperate to read this summer? Which books should I add to my list?
10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer reading list”
I haven’t heard of most of these. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is one I’ve read, but SO long ago that I’m due for a re-read. Thanks for the reminder!
I hope you enjoy S&S when you do your re-read! I love Austen, but I’m still pleasantly surprised whenever I read one of her books. 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve re-read S&S, I think I’m due for a re-read. I hope you enjoy A Spear of Summer Grace (a great summer read!) and The Thirty Nine Steps 😀
Great list, happy reading this summer 🙂 My TTT
I’m so looking forward to A Spear of Summer Grass! I really hope I have time for it while it’s still, you know, summer. And I’m starting The Thirty-Nine Steps now! Happy summer reading to you as well! 😎
Enjoy Sense and Sensibility! I liked Spear of Summer Grass – interesting setting and characters. Good summer read! I’ve never read Lauren Willig but I have Pink Carnation sitting on my shelves, I’ve been wondering whether to read it.
Ooh, I definitely recommend the Pink Carnation books! They’re a bit silly, so if that’s not your cup of tea, you may not like them. But if you like lighthearted historical fiction with swashbuckling spies and romance, I think you’ll really enjoy them!
I loved Spinster; I hope you enjoy it!
I hope so too! I’m very curious about it, that’s for sure!
Oooh. The Gabriel Hounds. Such a fun one.
Yay, glad to hear it! 🙂