Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top Ten Summer TBR Books

Today's prompt for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is "summer TBR books." I've written a lot about my newly acquired books of late, but I wanted to give a range of books in my summer TBR. A few of these are review books, others are for challenges or readalongs, while others have just been on my stacks for a hell of a long time!

And we're off!


The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel, came from the publisher, but I also spent a few minutes reading the first few pages of the book. I'm obsessed with the content and the cover, so I expect I'll gobble it up right quick. 

The Illusion of Separateness, by Simon Van Booy, is an ARC I received from a bookstore buddy. I've actually found myself hoarding Van Booy's work but not reading it because I don't want there to NOT be a Van Booy novel or collection waiting for me on my shelves!!! I'll probably read this one and continue to hoard Love Begins in Winter

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley, is a "frequent flyer" from the library. I've checked it out digitally a couple of times without reading it. Then I checked out the print version...still unread. I expect I'll download this one onto the new Nook, and I am DETERMINED to read it before summer is up.


The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller, is one of those books that's just been on my stacks too damn long. I downloaded it ages ago with the intention to read it right then, but those are famous last words, eh? 

The Ask and the Answer, by Patrick Ness, has to be read soon or I'll lose my mind. I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I needed a breather before starting book two. Not TOO much of a breather, though. 


The Glass Castle, A Prayer For Owen Meany, and The Sparrow are my choices for the Estella Project. I have to have these babies finished by September 1. I'd originally planned to read Kindred, by Octavia Butler, for this project, but I had a hard time getting into it. The others have been on my shelves FOREVER (years), and Owen Meany was voted our readalong pick. 


You're probably familiar with my buddy read of The Crimson Petal and the White, by Michael Faber, since I mentioned it several times before. Enjoying it now!

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets, by Kathleen Alcott, is admittedly NOT on my physical TBR (or my digital one) yet. It was a recent recommendation from Mercedes at Mercy's Bookish Musings (one of my fave BookTubers!). You should totally go check out her channel and let her influence your book buying, too.


What's on your summer TBR? 





58 comments:

  1. Oh, I love A Prayer for Owen Meany, I almost started a re-read because one of my online book-friends started it... alas, I got sidetracked (again!).

    The Astronaut Wives Club seems like a great read, I may have to check that one out.

    And I totally get what you mean about just needing to have unread books by favorite authors as part of your collection! I usually spend a long time before I will read the last book in a series I love as well.

    Great TBR for the summer, Andi! Here's my Summer TBR TTT.

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    1. Ohhh, I so understand about being sidetracked. Story of my life. lol

      It's so gorgeous! And the first few pages I read were great.

      And yes, I feel the same way about series books. To the point that it's almost ridiculous. I read the first two books in the His Dark Materials series forever ago -- to the point that I may need to re-read to read the last one!

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  2. I've just added the Astronaut Wives Club to my list. I've heard good things.
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  3. I love your lists. I especially like that I find books through you that I'm not seeing everywhere else - and they are usually more my style. The Astronaut Wives Club looks really interesting! I like the Glass Castle, hope you enjoy it!

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    1. That's the greatest compliment you could give me, Sarah!!!! I am very much a "free range reader." Sometimes that means I'm not reading all the latest super-hyped books, and I'm glad that's something to like about my blog. ;)

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  4. Song of Achilles, Glass Castle, The Sparrow, such fantastic books! You've got a great summer of reading ahead of you with that list!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! I'm glad to hear it, and I'm really excited about all of them.

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  5. I'm dying to get The Astronaut Wives Club!

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    1. Yes!!! Me too. I need to finish Crimson Petal, and then I'll dive into Astronaut Wives Club while I'm reading Owen Meany.

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  6. Yeah, those two in the middle (The Song of Achilles and The Ask and the Answer) need to be read ASAP. Except after The Ask and the Answer you won't be able to hold off on reading Monster of Men. Get to it, woman!

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    1. Beth, I think you're right. The first book was so great. I expect this one to pull me under, too. Hopefully I'll have the whole series finished by end of summer.

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  7. I'm dying to read The Astronaut Wife Club! Dying I tell you!

    You have such goodness coming up girl! Achilles..SWOON!

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    1. Ha! We should read together! But you'd probably finish when I'm on chapter 2. ;)

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  8. I haven't heard of any of these books but some of them look really good.

    Here's my TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-books-at-the-top-of-my-summer-tbr-list/

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    1. Glad to have you, Olena! I hope you found something on the list you can enjoy! :)

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  9. So many awesome choices, Andi! I'm reading the new Van Booy next and it will be my first experience! Very excited. The Ask and the Answer I'm hoping to fit in in July - need to know what happens! Mercedes is terrible on the budget. Every time she posts a video I spend at least $20. I wish I was reading Owen Meany along with y'all, but I've read it already and there's just too many books I haven't read that are screaming my name. It's going to be a great summer.

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    1. Thanks, Brooke! I'll be reading it soon for the 30 Day Reading Challenge. I have a whole stack of short books waiting for me. Mercedes is totally terrible on the budget. I soooo want her beautiful hardback copy of Rebecca but it's out of stock at The Book Depository.

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  10. The Song of Achilles was pretty good! I hope you like it.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I hope I do, too!

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  11. Had to add a lot of your summer choices to my TBR shelf. Great choices enjoy them.

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    1. Thanks, Ciska! I hope you enjoy them when you get 'round to them.

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  12. Ack! I forgot The Song of Achilles. I did the same thing. Downloaded and forgot. Ugh!

    The Ask and the Answer! YES!!!!

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    1. LOL, it happens to the best of us. And yes, I can't hold off on The Ask and Answer for long. But SOMEONE keeps adding tempting books to my e-reader. Wonder who?!

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  13. I think you'll love The Glass Castle! I've also read The Ask and Answer which wasn't bad, but I liked the last book better - so m suggestion is not to leave too much time between the two.

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    1. I can't wait to read it Tanya Patrice. And I hate to say this, but I'm glad it's short. I'm doing this 30 Day Reading Challenge and I need shorties to keep me going.

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  14. Ooh you get to meet Flavia de Luce for the first time, lucky you! And I'll be reading the Ask and the Answer this summer too, I hope, though I left it a bit long between books and I'm not sure i remember the first one well enough now!

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    1. I do! I'm so excited about it. I've read the first few pages of the book, and I'm so excited to read more about this precocious poison fiend.

      And I tend to do that between series books -- wait too long. I'll probably have to re-read all of His Dark Materials just to get the last book read.

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  15. I heard many good things about The Astronauts Wives Club. Song of Achilles was one of my favorite books- enjoy!
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    1. I'm so glad to hear it, Kerri! I've read nothing but good things about The Song of Achilles, so I'm really ready to try it out. And Astronaut Wives Club is definitely calling to me.

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  16. Song of Achilles and Crimson Petal are both up there on my imaginary list of favourite books, ever. Enjoy them :)

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    1. Awesome, Sam!!! I'm totally enamored with Crimson Petal. There aren't enough hours in the day to read it as fast as I'd like.

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  17. Summer is such a great season for reading! Love your list. I'm hoping to finish a few series that I started last year.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! It really is a glorious time to get some reading done. I was worried about not teaching online classes this summer, but it's been great to relax and read more.

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  18. The Glass Castle is so good! I heard Jeannette Walls speak at a book festival once. She told a few stories of reader reactions she has heard about. A teacher told Walls that she assigned it to her class, and one boy who hardly read books said of it, "That there is a fine white trash story."

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    1. Thanks, Christy! That's wonderful that you got to hear Walls speak! And LOL at the student's comment. That's hilarious.

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  19. That Flavia book keeps getting pushed side by me, too. I'll join you in reading it before the end of summer. :)

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  20. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Alan Bradley's book. I've heard great things about him and right now barnes and noble is currently having a sale on the other two books in the series. I've been debating if I want to get them or not.

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    1. Ooohh, you shouldn't have told me that! I'll be off buying without reading the first one. lol

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  21. Heard a really good interview with the author of Astronaut Wives today--it sounds really good. I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany. And Simon Van Booy is so good...I have The Illusion of Separateness as well. Looks like you have a great bunch on your TBR list!

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    1. That's awesome! I need to look up the author on YouTube and see if I can find some interviews with her. Would love to know what she has to say.

      Also glad that you loved Owen Meany and The Illusion of Separateness!

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  22. I'm thinking seriously of participating in the Estella Society's Owen Meany read. Haven't done one of those before. I haven't read Owen Meany and it sounds like it's a perfect choice for me.

    Enjoyed reading your list.

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    1. We would love to have you, Vikk!

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  23. I thought Astronaut Wives was fiction at first, but now that I know it's nonfiction....

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    1. Deb, is that a good thing or no? lol

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  24. I pretty much think you ought to just drop everything right now and read The Song of Achilles because it is, well, completely mind-blowingly awesome. Oh, Patroclus *swoon*.

    And Patrick Ness? You are going to have an emotional summer.

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  25. Oh, The Glass Castle - you will want to throw the book at the wall you will be so pissed at the parents!

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  26. If you end up reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, let me know. I've had it on my shelf for sooooooooooo long and even though I've picked it up a few times, I've never read it. {hangs head in shame}

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  27. The Glass Castle and The Sparrow are two of my all-time favorites. Enjoy :)

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  28. Song of Achilles is on my "one day years from now" list. I read Owen Meany years ago and while I didn't hate it, I didn't love it either.

    My summer list: a handful of romances, World's Strongest Librarian, The Great Gatsby, the new Sarah Dessen.

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  29. Oh wow, about half of these are on my TBR mountain as well! I've had Sparrow, Song of Achilles, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and The Prayer for Owen Meany for quite some time. I got the Simon van Booy book a couple of months ago for a book tour, I don't need to read it for a couple of weeks yet. I haven't read anything by him before but I do have his previous book, Everything Beautiful Began After - which I got mostly because I loved the title!!

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  30. I've been thinking about doing a post just like this! Except I have a feeling that I would go WAY overboard and list too many books that I could never possibly get to. But it is lots of fun to see what you are hoping to read soon!

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  31. The Flavia books are just wonderful. Happy Reading!

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  32. You have quite a list here! I'm looking forward to reading the reviews!

    My summer reading is behind schedule. I have a bunch of reading I have to do for school so I'm hoping I can wade through that relatively quickly. If I succeed in those reading endeavors, I'll probably work on crafting another list of books to read for recreation. Undoubtedly this will be comprised of books I've been reading about on blogs. It is amazing how quickly TBR lists can change.

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