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Monday, June 14, 2021

TTT: Books on my summer TBR (and an update on my spring TBR goals)

Top Ten Tuesday: 
Books on my summer reading list. 
(Below the fold, check out how I did on my spring reading list.)

Book Club Selections: 

  1. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (July, Group #1)
  2. TBA, July, Group #2
  3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (August, Group #1)
  4. TBA, August, Group #2
  5. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (September, Group #1, re-read) 
  6. TBA, September, Group #3


  1. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
  2. The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
  3. Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor
  4. Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
  5. The Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Challenge Books:

  1. Past Pulitzer Prize winner (From this list)
  2. Past Pulitzer Prize winner
  3. Past Pulitzer Prize winner
  4. Printz Honor: Every Body Looking
  5. Printz Honor: We Are Not Free
  6. Big Book Summer: TBA but must be at least 400 pages in length.
  7. Classics club selection (From this list)

I know this is a very vague list and it is a little unsettling for me. I usually have three or four books going at once, right now I am finishing up a book and have no other books in the wings. And to make matters worse, one of my book clubs hasn't chosen the summer selections yet. For this list I've decided to focus on my challenges which includes books which have been on my TBR for years and years. That will be my focus for the summer and hope I can make good progress (or I may rethink the challenge altogether!)

My spring reading list:

Book Club selections:

  1. Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
  2. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  3. Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford
  4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (a re-read)
  5. The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Dare
  6. The Exiles by Christina Baker Cline


  1. Dune by Frank Herbert
  2. A Promised Land by Barack Obama (finish it)
  3. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green
  4. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth


  1. The Atlas of Happiness by Helen Russell
  2. Fury and Grace by Pickett and Brubaker (finish it)
  3. Just Us: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine
  4. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  5. Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri

A little tooting of my own horn here---I completed all but one of the books on my list, Little Fires Everywhere, and it would have been a re-read for me, so I did really well on my spring reading goals.



  1. We have some interesting ones to choose from and I'm hoping we'll have great choices for discussion.

    1. I'm sure we will pick good ones. We usually do. My other club has had a batch of not-so-favorite books lately.

  2. Good luck with the challenges! I'm sort of between books too...

    1. I am so rarely between books I don't know what to do.

  3. wow! sounds like a busy but awesome summer ahead!

    1. Lots of book choices anyway. I want to read more than I actually do. Which is a problem for me.

  4. There are so many books I want to comment on in your lists! First of all, congratulations on completing your Spring reading list (I'm not counting the re-read)! That's amazing. I never stick to a TBR, so this impresses me! How was Call the Midwife? I just finished re-watching the whole show from the beginning and was wondering if the books were worth moving on to. I also read Hamnet this year and was pleasantly surprised! I also read The Night Watchman (it just won the Pulitzer - yay!) and I really liked it. I have heard it isn't her best book, but never having read her before, I thought it was great. Fantastic character development, and thought it has a couple of storylines I didn't find that any dragged. I hope you do as well with your Summer reading list as you did with the Spring and that you enjoy them!

    1. I didn't like CALL THE MIDWIFE as much as I liked the TV series. It seemed too distant and rarely talked about the other nurses, like Chummy. It only just mentioned her. Skip the book, in my opinion.//I loved, loved Hamnet. I felt like it could possibly be true.//I have requested The Night Watchman from the library and hope it is my turn soon.

  5. The tatooist of aucshwitz is a good book and though it is obviously distressing; I have read worse books about auchwitz, the ones that make you sick, this is not one of them, it is tamer but still good, obviously it will be sad. I look forward to your review of the new Kristin Hannah book. Have you read any of hers? I have read 4 of her books 3/4 of them were fantastic! I highly recommend "The Great Alone" by her, so good.

    1. Good to know that it isn't too awful. It is a book club kit from the library so I hope it leads to a good conversation.

  6. You did a good job on your spring TBR! I’m rooting for you as you wait to hear what your various book clubs will be reading this summer. :)

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/top-ten-tuesday-books-on-my-summer-2021-tbr/

    1. Me, too. We have a pretty long list of books to pick from and I want to read good ones!

  7. You did a fabulous job on meeting your goals on your spring TBR. Great! And maybe it will be a good thing you have some blank spaces in your summer list,

  8. I hope you enjoy all of these!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/15/top-ten-tuesday-320/

  9. You did so well on completing your Spring TBR list! *applause*
    Here's a link to my Summer Reading List.

  10. I really liked THE FOUR WINDS, although it's super sad. It's also very evocative and memorable. I hope you enjoy it!

    Happy TTT!

  11. You did pretty great on your Spring reading list. I hope you enjoy your books for summer. I think it's always great to focus on books you've had on your TBR for a while! :)

  12. Looks like a pretty impressive list that you'll be getting through! Hope you enjoy it and well done on the Spring list as well.

  13. Erdrich is one of my favorites - I can't wait to read this one!

  14. Fantastic work on reading all your spring reads!

    The one from your summer list that jumps out at me is This is How It Always Is, which I thought was excellent.

    1. That will be a reread for me. I thought it was good the first time I read it and then I went to a program where the author spoke and I decided I needed to reread it with new eyes.


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