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Monday, June 24, 2019

TTT: Summer Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday: What do I hope to read this summer?

I. Books from my own shelf:
  1. The Submission by Amy Waldman (I've started it already)
  2. Christy by Catherine Marshall
  3. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
  4. The Library Book by Susan Orleans
  5. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
  6. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
  7. Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
  8. Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker
II. Upcoming book club selections
  1. Martin Marten by Brain Doyle
  2. Circe by Madeline Miller
  3. Astoria by Peter Stark
III. Books I've started but need/want to finish
  1. East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  2. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  3. Fear by John Woodward
IV. Mock Printz/YA titles
  1. The Lucky Wars by Julie Berry
  2. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  3. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  5. Dig by A.S. King
  6. Internment by Samira Ahmed
  7. I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

How did I do on my Spring TBR list? 

I did good. I read all but four of the books on my list, and three of them I replaced with other books.

Spring TBR. 
I. Books from my own shelf:
  1. La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith ✔
  2. Redeployment by Phil Kay ✔
  3. Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield 
  4. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom ✔
  5. The Four Things that Matter Most by Ian Byock, M.D. ✔
  6. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan ✔
  7. The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street ✔
  8. Small Wonders by Barbara Kingsolver
  9. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson ✔
  10. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka ✔
  11. Fear by Bob Woodward
II. I know a few upcoming book club titles:
  1. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa ✔
  2. The Walk by Richard Paul Evans ✔
  3. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue ✔
III. Books I've placed on hold at the library that likely will be available soon
  1. Shout: a poetry memoir by Laurie Halse Anderson ✔
  2. Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott ✔
  3. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez ✔
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
I replaced all the books on the 'My Own Shelf' books that I didn't read with other books I own, so I actually read at least eleven books in that category. I've requested Sadie (the only other book I didn't finish) again from the library but am waiting my turn.


  1. Congratulations on doing so well on your spring books! And, you have some really great ones on the summer list as well. I haven't made a summer list, but I am trying to continue working on the books that are on my shelf; your challenge got me going in the right direction on that so thank you!

  2. Wow, great job on your spring list and good luck on your summer list!


  3. On the Come Up is amazing on audiobook! Happy reading!

  4. You are WAY better than me when it comes to your spring TBR. Good for you. :) Wishing you the same good book reading luck with this TBR. Someday I feel as if I should give Christy a chance since I do adore the story. Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

  5. Great list! Fours Seasons in ROme sounds like the perfect summer read.
    Happy reading!

    1. I know. It will make me want to go back to Rome for sure.

  6. Great list! East of Eden is the only Steinbeck book I've read to date and remember enjoying it immensely. Happy reading! :)

    My TTT

  7. Cool idea of telling us how you did with your previous list. This is why I love reading these even when I'm not participating (I just published another author interview on my blog instead). You might want to take a look - Jane Davis is an amazing author!

  8. Very impressive focus. I really struggle with sticking to any kind of prescribed lists I make for myself. I've read and enjoyed Saidie, Shout, Internment, and The Library Book (oh, and Christy!), and I currently have On the Come Up, Circe, and I, Claudia checked out from the library.

  9. Oh I never did read Sadie. I like Courtney Summers a lot though. And great job on your Spring list!

  10. I really hope you get to read and enjoy all of your summer books! :-) Well done for doing so well on your Spring TBR! My TTT

    1. Thanks. I am trying to work through books on my own shelf and of course my book club selections so that helps to have little personal challenges.

  11. Wow your reading lists are pretty ambitious! I just finished reading On The Come Up last week. It was great on audiobook!

    1. I have the audiobook for ON THE COME UP on hold at the library. My problem is that all my holds seem to arrive at the same time, so I have to push a few off and get back in line. I've done that twice with this book.

  12. Love the way you've formatted this list! I see some books I've loved (East of Eden, If Beale Street Could Talk, and the audio version of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter) some I want to read (The Library Book, Circe) and one I've also started (The Overstory). Good luck making your way through ... and congrats on reading so many from your spring list!

  13. You certainly did well on your spring list. I imagine you will do equally well on this summer list. I enjoyed The Overstory and Circe a lot. I hope you do, too.

  14. I've really enjoyed everything I've read by James Baldwin. I hope you like If Bealle Street Could Talk. And congrats on doing so well with your spring TBR!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  15. Wow, you did a good job on your spring TBR. I hope your summer one is just as successful.

    My TTT.

  16. I am impressed! I'm much more random in my approach. :)

  17. I just read and LOVED Circe, so hope you and the book club will enjoy it too :) Happy summer reading!

  18. Sadie is such a good book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy reading!

  19. I'm just about to finish Sadie right now! It went by so fast (the audiobook definitely fits this book if you do audiobooks). Great job on your progress!

  20. The Library Book was good, even though it did wander a bit. I learned a lot. I also have Overstory on my TBR list.

    Great idea re-visiting your spring list. I love how you organized this.

  21. Oooh, I enjoyed both Circe and The Gilded Wolves! I hope you also love them when you pick them up!

    And wow, East of Eden. Lol, I remember cramming that book in during the last week of summer before high school started up one year. What made ya want to read it?

  22. I love how you set this post up! That being said, I hope you enjoy your TBR when you get to it. Also, I have to say I really loved On the Come Up and Internment. So moving and thought provoking. I still need to get to Sadie and The Gilded Wolves, as well! Anyways, happy reading!

  23. You're doing well with your lists. I liked Submission by Amy Waldman and I hear she has a new book coming which I'll be keen about. I liked Beale Street too and Behold the Dreamers.


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