Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

The likelihood of finishing 10 books this summer is highly improbable (considering I will have 3 children expecting me to be Julie The Cruise Director for 10 weeks) – however, I do like to give the impression of being an overachiever!
1.       Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – I loved Mantel’s Wolf Hall – can’t wait to find out who is beheaded next!
2.        Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielsen – a popular blogger who nearly lost her life in a plane crash, this is a book that should remind me that I need to count my blessings daily.
3.       The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani -- I’ve never read any of this author’s fiction work (best known for her Big Stone Gap series), thought I would start with her most recent book.
4.       Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick – because when you complain about the lines at WalMart – author Demick is there to remind you that in North Korea, there is no WalMart.  Or food for that matter.
5.       The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Stewart – this is our Mother/Daughter book club reading choice for the summer.  If I don’t read it, my daughter will ban me from our meetings.
6.       Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard – because this is leftover from last year’s reading list.
7.       A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd – I’m not much of a mystery reader, but this mother/son writing team has created a mystery series that has been on many “if you liked Downton Abbey…then you will like this” lists.  That’s enough for me.
8.       The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – because I need to read at least one classic.
9.       The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey – about the strife of an Irish family prior to WWI – this was recommended to me by a friend.  And because it has a pretty cover.
10.   The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – July book club choice – not sure I would have picked it otherwise.
11.   BONUS BOOK -- Anything by Jen Lancaster – by summer’s end, I will need something that makes me laugh out loud, because by then, my kids will have taken over the house, my sanity called into question, and I will be running up the white flag of surrender.
What are you reading this summer?

7 comments:

  1. I loved numbers 2, 3, and 4 on your list. Good luck with your reading. I always think I will have more time in the summer since I am not teaching then, but I also have 3 children that I entertain on a daily basis, which really is no vacation.

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  2. If you loved Wolf Hall then you'll also love Bring Up the Bodies!

    The Shoemaker's Wife is one of my favourite reads of the year thus far. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  3. I just downloaded The Shoemakers Wife on audio. I have heard great things about it. Hope u get a chance to dive into it this summer!

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  4. I loved both The Yellow House and The Night Circus. The Night Circus isn't perfect character development-wise, but the writing and the descriptions are fantastic.

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  5. I loved The Shoemaker's Wife and I hope you get to read it. I also laughed when I read your reason for wanting to read the bonus book. Yes, I should save a comedy for middle August too!

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  6. I have been thoroughly enjoying YA fiction, of late -- I'm always bracing myself in adult books for fear of them becoming *adult* books in the other sense...YA lit feels safer. Oh, and they're so easy to get through. Kristen Cashore's Graceling series is my recent favourite, and my preferred dystopia beyond The Hunger Games is Lauren Oliver's Delirium (+).

    Thanks for your list, you've given me some additions for my "to read" line-up.

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  7. great list! I know what you mean about Jen Lancaster - she cracks me up!

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