June 17, 2014

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

I love to think I will get a lot of reading done during the summer months, but I often end up reading less because of summer activities and heavy workload. Nonetheless, I do have some books that I would like to read sooner rather than later. Maybe writing them down will help me stay focused. Who knows. I can try, right? So without further ado …

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Story about postwar England? Yes please! I've read passages that just sound so lovely. I really do need to get on this one and quit saving it.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut This is part of my Vonnegut project. I want to get a good sense of the author and his writings so am in the process of reading many of his books in a fairly short period of time.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz Love, longing and "the inevitable weakness of the human heart" (blurb on back cover). Isn't this what summer reading is all about?

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Reader confession time: I have never read this modern classic. I think I need to fix this reading gap.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Takes place on the Italian coastline circa 1962. I test read a few passages and I liked the writing. It also seemed stylish. Also, the cover is GORGEOUS. And if that wasn't enough, NPR calls this book "a literary miracle." I'm such a sucker.

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear I just love Winspear's character, Maisie Dobbs. These books are found in the mystery section of most bookstores, but I wish they would just categorize them in fiction. They really are refreshingly different.

Hell Is Empty by Craig Johnson I'm in love with Longmire … I mean, Robert Taylor … um, isn't Robert Taylor really Longmire?? Anyway, I loved the books before the TV show and this is where I'm at in the series.

Matilda by Roald Dahl I loved this movie so much and have never read Roald Dahl.

Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clement Oubrerie This is a graphic novel about the golden time in the Ivory Coast, 1978. There is a tendency by some to lump the countries of Africa together and have a single image of what it means to be African. This graphic novel challenges that image. Deirdre (Didi) brought this book to my attention. Visit Didi at http://didibooksenglish.wordpress.com or http://youtube.com/frenchiedee

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo I have wanted to read this for a long time, but it is so HUGE. I thought that summer might be a good time for me to get started. I may not get it finished by the end of summer. No promises here!

What's on your summer reading list?


  1. I've never read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD either. I did borrow it last summer, but I didn't get to it before it was due back. Sigh.

    I think there's an excellent chance you'll like THE REMAINS OF THE DAY. The writing is beautiful and subtle. And you already know my thoughts on AYA. :)

    1. Want to read Mockingbird this summer? Buddy read? No pressure. (but we should have read this by now) #devilonyourshoulder

      I'm really looking forward to Remains. I keep saving it because I'm pretty sure I'll fall in love and ... you know ... first read an all. I need to quit saving books because I think I'll like them. #crazyreaderstuff

  2. I have big plans for the summer, too, but we'll see how much I can read...I guess it's best to enjoy what it is we immerse ourselves into. My class loves Matilda. Every time I read it to them, they beg for more.

    My son's favorite book is Les Miserables, and this from a boy who was in remedial reading first through third grade.

    I have yet to read Jacqueline Winspear, but am I right that it's the 10th anniversary of her first book? I gave my copy to my neighbor, who has since read the whole series, and I have yet to read one.

    Looking forward to your thoughts. xo