Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Want to Read This Summer

Since today’s Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie (meaning, I can pretty much write about whatever I want), and I was planning on showing you my summer reading list soon anyway, I thought I’d combine the two, and share the ten books I will be reading this summer. Hopefully, I will read more than ten books, even though this is a pretty ambitious list. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to get through all these books.

And, in case you were wondering, I am still reading A Game of Thrones, but I decided not to participate in the readathon, because forcing myself to read GoT almost triggered a reading slump. It’s a dense book, so I’m going to take it at my own pace, and finish the series… eventually.

1. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I will be reading this very soon. I just got my copy in the mail yesterday, and I’m itching to pick it up. I loved The Name of the Wind so much!

2. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. So I already started this, and will probably finish it today, but I am so glad I put this on my list, because it’s ah-mazing. This might be my new favorite YA book. Which is kind of surprising, because I generally don’t like books that butcher history. It’s just so fun, though!

3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. I cannot wait for this book! (It comes out in a week.) Not only does the story sound incredible and unique, but it’s by one of my favorite authors. I need it. (Shout out to Amazon for release-day delivery at a huge discount!)

4. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. This was not on my TBR, but I happened to be browsing Barnes & Noble, and picked it up (because it won the Pulitzer, and I’m a sucker for literary awards). The first page hooked me, so I bought it. And I’m planning on reading it soon.

5. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I enjoyed Shadow & Bone, and I need to continue on with the trilogy before I forget what happened. I have all three books, I just need to actually read them.

6. Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. I’m planning on starting this one soon, because I know it’s going to take me a couple months to finish. I loved The Imitation Game, which is based off this book, and I’m fascinated by Alan Turing, but it’s still a 768-page biography of a mathematician. So I’m thinking it’s not going to be a quick read.

7. The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. This is one of those books I’ve been reading tiny bits of for months, but can’t get into. I have a feeling that I’m going to love it, just as soon as I get into it (I had the same feeling with All The Light We Cannot See and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, both of which I LOVE, even though they took me a while to get into).

8. Persuasion by Jane Austen. I’ve been making my way through the works of Jane Austen for a few years, and, since Emma scares me, I want to read this one next. From what I’ve heard, I think I’m going to love it.

9. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. I already kind of regret this, but Moby Dick is my July pick for the Reading New England Challenge. It’s been on my TBR since I had a TBR, and I was actually assigned it in college, but still haven’t read it. I do feel a little guilty. But just a little. Still, I think having an excuse to read it might actually motivate me to do it. I have paperback, hardcover, ebook (on my phone, computer, and iPad), and audiobook copies – there is no excuse!

10. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. I’ve been hearing so much about this book lately, and it’s been sitting on my shelf for months, so I decided to finally pick it up. You guys know I try to read at least one nonfiction book a month, so this will be one of them at some point this summer.

Have you read any of the books on my list? What are the books you’re definitely planning on reading this summer?

19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Want to Read This Summer

  1. Good luck with your summer reading! I’ve been needing to read The Wise Man’s Fear too, but the book intimidates me so much. I have no clue why, because I usually love big books… I wasn’t really sure whether I wanted to read This Savage Song, but V.E. Schwab + the raving reviews I have seen have convinced me to buy it soon.

    Happy reading!

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    1. Hahaha, I feel you! Have you read Northanger Abbey? Because they actually do speak to each other, and it kind of backfires. It’s really funny/sad. (But it’s Austen, so it all works out in the end.)


  2. I’m dying to read My Lady Jane as well. I’ve heard such good things about it. I was going to break down and buy it for my Kindle, but my library just ordered a copy so I may wait and grab it from there. Hope you get through all your summer reads!

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    1. Thanks! I already finished it, and it’s a great book! I got a copy from my library, but ended up ordering myself a copy about halfway through because I was loving it so much.


  3. I haven’t read any book from this list yet, but I recognize some that I’m planning to read! I *try* to read Siege and Storms a few months ago, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it so I put it on hold (eventhough I enjoy Shadow and Bone). Glad you like My Lady Jane, it sounds hilarious and awesome. Anyway, happy reading!

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  4. OOOH! I’m currently reading (and loving) Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song! It’s a really different kind of novel and i hope you love it. Also, Siege and Storm is AWESOME, and you should definitely pick it up soon!

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  5. I’m excited to see what you think of the Turing biography – I loved The Imitation Game as well and I’ve wanted to read the source material ever since but…700+ pages was the main reason not to.

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