Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Top Ten Books in My Beach Bag!

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Let's face it, I'm not going to the beach. I'm more of a mountains kind of girl. BUT, I certainly have a hitlist of books that I think would make for great summer reading and you WILL find me at the pool. Or as I often call it, "the concrete pond." You ready? Let's go!



Currently sitting unread on my stacks...
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki. I just HAD to have this one a few months ago, and it still sits unread. I plan to change that. 

The Wise Man's Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss. I recently finished The Name of the Wind, and I loved it so much that I bought the second book straight away. 

Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt. This was a book club choice, and I had to miss the meeting. Oh noes!

The Woodcutter, by Kate Danley. This is totally Heather's fault. She loved it, and I love a fairy tale retelling. 


Then there are the books that sit half-read on my shelves (or e-reader)...
A Red Herring Without Mustard, by Alan Bradley. Y'all know I love me some Flavia. I really need to get back to this one because I know I'll love it. 

The Radley's, by Matt Haig. I was reading this one on my Nook back when I still had to lie down with my son when I put him to sleep at night. I was falling asleep reading this one, which might not be a good sign. 

The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion. Same as above. 



Graphic novels, natch! 
Sweet Tooth: Animal Armies (volume 3), by Jeff Lemire. I'm so in love with this series, it may not even make it to any sort of travel bag. Download and inhale. That's what I'm talkin' about. 

Saga (volume 3), by Brian K. Vaughan. Can't believe I have downloaded and read it already. For real. 


And because everyone needs a little sweetness from time to time, I need to move on to the next book in Stephanie Perkins' connected stories, Lola and the Boy Next Door

DONE!

What's going to sneak into your bag? 




58 comments:

  1. I've got to get my hands on a copy of Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I'm more of a city girl but I do love the beach.

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    1. I know! I have a copy and it's just sitting here because I can't figure out what to read next. Such a frustrating problem. Maybe Wolves is THE ONE for me. Will have to try a chapter and see.

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  2. I really enjoyed The Radley's, and Lola is really cute, too! :)

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    1. Awesome! I enjoyed the part of Radley's I've read so far, but I think I just wasn't making enough time for it and it fizzled. Blargh!

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  3. I listed 10 books I've already read today and included Tell the Wolves I'm Home - what a great book! I'd like to read A Tale for the TimeBeing and The Rosie Project.

    Love the icon and would love to use it myself... no idea who made it though.

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    1. I SHOULD have listed books I've already read. There's a summer TBR post coming up via Top Ten Tuesday and I'm just gonna feel guilty when I don't read any of these books. lol I have Time Being sitting on my nightstand right now. Gonna try a chapter and see if it sticks since I'm having a hard time choosing my next book.

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  4. I am loving this list! So happy to see The Wise Man's Fear AND The Woodcutter!! Yay!!!

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    1. HELLS YEAH! I find myself saying that a lot. I should probably just stop my waffling about picking up my next book and just freaking read The Wise Man's Fear. That's what I really want.

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  5. Tell the Wolves I'm Home is on my TBR. It looks great and I stick to a schedule I should get to it around 2019 or so! Love the cover for The Wise Man's Fear. I'll have to go look for the first one. Great list!

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    1. LOL, I know that feeling ALL too well. I was doing so great whittling my TBR down last year, and then this year happened. Can't wait to read The Wise Man's Fear! The first book was nothing short of FANTASTIC!

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  6. I have The Radleys on my TBR Challenge, so I'm hoping you were just tired when you were reading it!

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    1. I hope so, too! I hate giving up on books for good, but I will if I hafta.

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  7. I am so not a beach girl either! Nor am I pool girl though. But plop me down beside a cool mountain stream with a book...yeah, that's the stuff. Hope you get to them all, and enjoy the hell out of every one of them!

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    1. Oh gosh yes. My family vacationed in the mountains every summer growing up, and it was blissful. Shady, lovely, and plenty of time to read. Thanks, Debi!

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  8. I'd love to read "A Tale for the Time Being" and "Tell the Wolves I'm Home" too! I was very meh on "The Rosie Project"—just not my cup of tea. Have a great summer!

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    1. Time Being is on my nightstand! I'm gonna try a chapter here in a few minutes and see if it sticks. Wish me luck! I fear Rosie will not be my cuppa either.

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  9. Looks like some great beach (or poolside) reading! No beach for me either (Missouri is a long way from the beach).

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    1. Haha! Texas has plenty of coast, but there's no way I'm making that drive! :D

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  10. Andi, thanks for inspiring me!
    http://josephdavidquinton.typepad.com/my-blog/2014/06/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-in-my-man-purse.html

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  11. Awesome picks! I've read Anna and the French Kiss, though I have yet to read Lola and the Boy Next Door. I'll have to do that soon before Isla comes out!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. Thank ya! I'm so glad Isla finally has a friggin' release date. I was getting nervous there for a while!

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  12. I just started reading A Tale for the Time Being - I'm really enjoying it; it will make a good summer read! I'd like to take We Were Liars to the beach this summer.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that because I'm about to settle down with it...in like 10 minutes. Ha! We Were Liars would be a PERFECT beach read!

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  13. I have A Tale for The Time Being (from last year's Japanese Literature Challenge!) and The Rosie Project as well. C'mon summer!

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    1. Fixing to read it! Wish me luck with Time Being!

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  14. I have seen those Lola and Anna and what-have-you books but have been hesitant about trying them out. The Andi stamp of approval certainly helps their cause.

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    1. They're super sweet but when I'm in the mood for that sort of thing, they are great! Well, Anna was. I assume Lola will be, too.

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  15. I'm more of a mountain maven and a lake lady than a beach babe, myself. (I'm also really into alliteration.) But I'm sure all of these books are great wherever you're vacationing.

    I loved A Tale for the Time Being, and I really want to read Tell the Wolves I'm Home! And I just picked up the first issue of Saga at BEA, so I'm excited to finally read that.

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    1. LOL, Love me some alliteration! And mountains! And lakes! I'm enjoying A Tale for the Time Being so far. I already know I want to read My Year of Meats, too.

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  16. I need to read Tell The Wolves I'm Home! I didn't add that one to my list, but it may have to go in my beach bag. I'm also intrigued by Saga and The Woodcutter. I love fairy tale retellings so will usually always go for those kind of books! :)

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    1. The Woodcutter was a given once Heather suggested it to me (Capricious Reader). And that cover isn't half bad either! I keep dragging my feet on Wolves. Probably because of the hype.

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  17. Great list! I especially like the inclusion of The Radleys!

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    1. Wooo! I will finish it! lol

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  18. You have some great reading ahead of you! A Tale for the Time Being is my book group's selection this month so I'll be starting that soon. I am looking forward to The Arsonist by Sue Miller and That Summer by Lauren Willig - they'll be in my imaginary beach bag, for sure!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you like A Tale for the Time Being! I'm just a little ways in, and I really like the writing style so far. I need to check out The Arsonist!

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  19. Ha, the "concrete pond".. You rock.:)
    The Tale and Tell the Wolves is on my list, too. Heard only the best things about them.:)

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    1. LOL, thank you! An old Beverly Hillbillies reference for ya. ;)

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  20. A Tale for the Time Being! Do it! Also, glad you're enjoying the Rothfuss. I need to go back and revisit those, I think, but I remember loving them.

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    1. Doing it! Loving it! I'm dying to read The Wise Man's Fear! I may have to jump into it next. I'd intended to take a break but...I can't!

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  21. I own The Wise Man's Fear, but haven't read it yet. Name of the Wind really blew me away, I just couldn't go into another really long book when I finished the first.

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    1. I know what you mean. I needed a break, but it may not be as long of a break as I'd originally planned. I'm having a hard time waiting!

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  22. I recently saw The Woodcutter on Amazon, and as I'm obsessed with fairy tales, I really want to read it now! Great list, puts mine to shame.

    My TTT:

    http://diamondinroughcoal.blogspot.com/2014/06/top-ten-tuesday-19-beach-bag-reads.html

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    1. I hope you enjoy The Woodcutter! Heck, I hope I enjoy The Woodcutter! lol

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  23. I really need to figure out my next book. I'm in some sort of weird slump where I just can't decide what to start.

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    1. I have been in that very same boat this week. For me it's a side effect of too much going on at work, but I finally had a few books grab me.

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  24. I really had a ton of fun with The Radleys. I think I picked up that title from you.

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    1. Cool! I need to get back to it. I was reading it at the wrong time.

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  25. Great list! Be sure you pack some tissue for Tell the Wolves I'm Home! You will need them!

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    1. Thanks! And I will. I've heard that sentiment a lot!

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  26. You have some really good books on this list!! You also just inspired me to put Sage volume 1 on hold at the library.

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    1. Thanks, Angela! And YAY for Saga! So quick, so crazy, so fun!

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  27. Gasp! Partrick Rothfuss. Those books are out of this world. Any hints about when his third Kvothe novel might be coming out?

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    1. Aren't they??? Just wonderful, and I can't wait to dive into book 2. I haven no idea when book 3 will emerge. I did some googling and nothing. Blargh!

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  28. I read a lot of fairy tales and I loved the woodcutter! It was a very refreshing and surprising book :D I never thought I would like it as much as I did. Happy reading!

    Mel@thedailyprophecy

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad to hear that. I'm even more excited to get to it now!

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  29. I WISH I was going to the beach to read! Hmm, I really should put together a list like this. You've got a great mix, as usual.

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    1. I'd like to go anywhere. ANYWHERE BUT HERE.

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