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Monday, June 15, 2020

TTT: My summer reading list

Top Ten Tuesday: My summer reading list followed by how I did on my spring reading list

My library is still closed due to coronavirus so I will focus on books I have lying around the house or can get as e-books and audiobooks from the on-line circulation the library provides.

I. Audio and e-books on hold on my Overdrive account:
  1. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
  2. Hinds' Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard
  3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  4. The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
  5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  6. How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times by Annie Chagnot (E)
  7. A Very Stable Genius: Donald Trump's Testing of America by Philip Rucker and Corl Leonnig
  8. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
  9. Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore
  10. Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore 
  11. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (E)
  12. The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd (E)
  13. This Train is Being Held by Ismee Williams (E)
II. Books I own 
  1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
  2. This Book is Anti-racist by Tiffany Jewell
  3. Tiny Habits: Small Changes that Change Everything by B.F. Fogg
  4. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
  6. Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison
III. Book Club Selections
  1. Valentine (listed above)
  2. I have no idea what other books we will choose or will be available to my clubs. It will depend on IF the library opens soon, then the book kits I ordered will be available again. If not, we are still stalled out.
Well, that is a ridiculous amount of books I have on hold and expect to "receive" some time this summer (listed on part I.) The books marked with an E are e-books. The rest are audiobooks, which makes the list even more ridiculous. One simply cannot listen to more than one audiobook at a time and time is something that audiobooks take up. We'll see how I do.

How did I do on my winter reading list?
I am feeling good about how I did on my winter list. Book club has been on hold since March so I couldn't even get the books in question for it. The Yellow House is really serious and I don't feel like reading serious stuff right now, so it is set aside for another time. Otherwise I finished the rest of my list. Woot. Woot!

I. Books I just checked out from the library before it closed due to the epidemic
  1. Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting by Anna Quindlen ✔
  2. It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History
  3. The Book of Books by PBS
  4. Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience edited by Shaun Usher✔
II.  Books I still want to read from the winter list
  1. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood✔
  2.  Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner✔
III. Book Club Selections
  1. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  2. Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt
IV. Just because books
  1. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry✔
  2. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley✔
  3. Its a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood by Mr. Rogers ✔
  4. The Yellow House by Sarah Broom



  1. I just finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes last month and I enjoyed it.

    Honestly, I wouldn't recommend reading Ninth House on a perfect sunny summer day.

    Here's mine: https://www.lauriesbookshelf.com/tags-memes/top-ten-tuesday-books-on-my-summer-2020-tbr/

    1. Good to know about Ninth House. I am also not sure if it is my style of book anyway. May skip it.

  2. Good luck with your summer TBR! I hope your library is able to safely reopen soon. Mine is open only to pick up and drop off books (and I think they want everyone to reserve books online instead of browsing there).

    My TTT .

  3. Ballad was on my list this week too! I really enjoyed Leaving Time when I read it, though that was a good six years ago now. Ninth House was also pretty great.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/16/top-ten-tuesday-268/

  4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was such a wonderful book. I hope you enjoy it too :) Happy reading!

    My TTT

  5. Hi there Anne! Love your list! Leaving Time is my ultimate favorite Jodi Picoult. I've reviewed it a couple of years ago and it is very close to my heart.

    The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is lovely! You should try to read The love letters of Miss Queeny Hennesy as well.

    You are welcome to pay us a visit as well at https://elzareads.blogspot.com/2020/06/top-ten-tuesday-10-books-on-my-winter.html

  6. I want to read Ninth House, too.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  7. I hope you get all of these off your TBR this summer -- especially those books you already own!

  8. All those books are going to make for an awesome summer of reading. :D

  9. Oh, The Beekeeper's Apprentice is WONDERFUL! It's the book I recommend to literally everyone I talk books with. I just bought This Book is Anti-racist and plan to dive into it this week.

  10. We read "Blind Assassin" in BC. I liked it a lot.

  11. I need to make time for Ninth House as well. I've not read any ones on your list but do hope you find some new favorites.

  12. I do think How Lovely the Ruins sounds ideal for these times. And I very much enjoyed Citizen.

  13. I got This Train Is Being Held as a bday gift and am excited to read it, hopefully sometimes this summer. Hope you enjoy all these!

  14. Great list. Here is my TTT.
    Here is my TTT.

    1. Sorry. I was button happy.

  15. You should definitely read Red Rising! It's awesome! Great list!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  16. I'll be reading Ninth House and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes soon too. Happy reading!

  17. I hope your books are all good! I'm looking forward to some hopefully good reading this summer. :)

  18. Great list! I hope you'll enjoy all of these.
    I read and loved Ninth House and had mixed feelings about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Hope to read Oona Out Of Order soon as well :)

  19. Not bad work on your winter reading and you have an ambitious summer list. I haven't read a Laurie King book in a while, but remember liking them quite a bit.


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