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Monday, May 22, 2017

TTT: Summer-themed

Today's Top Ten Tuesday suggests that we create lists about books which are summer-themed. Instead, I am creating a list of books I of books I hope to read this summer. All of the titles are from my Goodreads to-read list.

I like reading short stories when I am on vacation.
  • Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre by a variety of female authors (I've heard good things bout this book and I own it.)
  • Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. (I love the movie made from a story in this book: "Hunt for the Wilderpeople." But the book is out-of-print and my library doesn't have a copy, Not sure I will be able to make this reader's dreams come true.)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. This short story collection was a Pulitzer Prize winner. I am challenging myself to rad as many of the past Pulitzer Prize books as I can.)
My book clubs both continue over the summer. I've read ahead for one group but these are the books I need to read this summer for my other group:
  • Philomena: a Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search by Martin Sixsmith (I think there was a movie made from this book.) June.
  • Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy (I honestly know nothing about this book.) July.
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen. (I've read several books by this author and like his approach to writing nonfiction.) August.
Young Adult. Just because I am retiring doesn't mean I want to abandon this genre. Here are some titles which excite me:
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. (I love this author and have heard great things about this books.)
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie Anderson. (OK. Truth be told. I am already reading this one but I won't finish it until after  Memorial Day, so it counts as a summer read.)
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. (Taken from a popular webcomic.)
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Saenz ( I just got a notice that the library has checked out the e-audiobook to me remotely. Guess I'll be listening to this one next.)
Award Winner.
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. (I placed a hold on this award-winning book several months ago. I am tracking it and I know my turn will come sometime this summer.)
What will you be reading this summer?


  1. 'Dreamer' seems to be getting a lot of buzz or it did when it first released. I've never read any of Laini's books, but am curious about some of them! 'Eliza' too is a book that boasts a great cover art, but to be honest, I don't think I've really read much about it. Hmm... perhaps I should remedy this. :)

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland, Anne - and happy summer TBR-ing! :)

  2. Interesting choices. You have a lovely varied selection. Strange the Dreamer is on my TBR too, and I saw the movie Philomena. It's so heartbreaking.

  3. I'm curious about Eliza and her Monsters, having just seen a review for that earlier today! May have to get that one. It looks like a good summer read too. :)

  4. Starnge the Dreamer was an amazing book! I want to read Eliza and her monsters too!

  5. Strange the Dreamer sounds really interesting even thoug her previous series wasn't up my alley.

  6. It always takes me a while to get into Laini Taylor's books so I'm still just at the start of Strange the Dreamer. Love the imagery though.
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  7. What a well-rounded list! I'm with you on Underground Railroad and I loved Dead Wake.


  8. Great list! I really want to get to The Underground Railroad soon as well! And I absolutely loved Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor is amazing! Have a great week and happy reading!

  9. Eliza and Her Monsters is super high on my wishlist because I loved the author's first book!
    Here's my TTT

  10. I have over 50 titles on my summer reading list. I'm trying to catch up to the starred book reviews. I also have Dreamer, City of Saints and Thieves (part of our summer reading choices for the school), Inexplicable Logic, and others. I just finished Allegedly by TIffany Jackson and it was head-spinningly great.

  11. A number of these books are on my TBR: Underground Railroad; Inexplicable Logic of My Life; City of Saints and Theives (read this one and liked it); and Philomena (I saw the movie and think it's a compelling story)

  12. I recently received Eliza and Her Monsters and have heard nothing but good things about it! I'm hoping to get to it this summer :)

  13. I'm really curious about Strange the Dreamer. I've heard nothing but amazing things about the writing and it all sounds so...well, dreamy. Great list!

  14. I recently listened to the audiobook of Underground Railroad and found it--weird. I'm currently listening to Strange the Dreamer and loving it. With her previous trilogy, I devoured the first two books and then lost interest in the third, which was weird. I think the lush prose holds up well to the pace of an audiobook instead of my usual break-neck reading speed. I really want to read more Saenz after loving Aristotle & Dante, so I hope you enjoy this one!

    1. Hmm. I am not sure what to make of weird when it comes to a book. I hope to listen to the audio of the Underground Railroad, too, so I will proceed with caution.

  15. I own Strange the Dreamer and City of Saints and Thieves - I'm really looking forward to them. :)

  16. Sounds like a great plan for summer reading!! Your first summer retired - how exciting! I guess it won't feel too different until fall comes and you don't go back to school.

    I have Underground Railroad on my shelf - need to get to it soon! We saw the movie adaptation of Philomena and it was wonderful - Judi Dench is fabulous in it!

    Hey, check the page count on all these - if any are 400+ pages, sign up for the Big Book Summer Challenge again! I kicked it off this weekend :)

    Happy summer reading!


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