Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List
I don’t get a “summer” anymore. Of course, I get the season of Summer, if you can call it that here in Ireland, but I don’t get a full-on summer break because I’m an adult now with a full-time job *boo, hiss* so I don’t expect to be able to do any more reading than normal *sigh*.
For this week’s TTT, I’ve made a TBR list of books due out over the summer that I’d like to read. It’s pretty ambitious, but I’d like to get to these at some point. If you would rather see a list of “summer reads”, you can check out my Top Ten Books for the Beach Bag.
1. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: OK, so this is the third and last book in the Mara Dyer trilogy due for release November 2014, which means I’ll have to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and The Retribution of Mara Dyer first… so technically, those are my summer reads. This series is one that pops up on the blogosphere every now and then, and I’ve pretty much avoided reviews so I don’t spoil it for myself, from what I can gather Mara Dyer wakes up in a hospital with no idea how she got there, there is a love interest, and a lot of mystery. That’s it. That’s all I know.
Oh, that and the covers are delicious.
2. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire: I was a big fan of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and have the companion novel, Walking Disaster, patiently waiting for me to read, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m really looking forward to reading more of Jamie’s books, especially when they are based on the Maddox brothers.
I was a little worried that another series about these guys would be overkill, but Brandie over at Brandie is a Book Junkie has hinted that Beautiful Oblivion is a really good read. Due for release July 2014.
3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: I ADORED Maybe Someday, which was my first Colleen Hoover read, and I really want to read more of her books. If only all NA could be this good. I’ve heard great things about another of her novels, Slammed, but considering the topic this week, I’ll include her newest book release, Ugly Love, – “Never ask about the past and don’t expect a future. Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly”. Well now, doesn’t that sound pretty intriguing? Due for release August 2014.
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I’m super late to the Rowell Train and haven’t read any of her books yet. I have Eleanor and Park on my Kindle and I am looking forward to reading Attachments, but her latest release, Landlines, is due out July 2014.
I’ve heard so many good things about Rowell’s writing and I’m really looking forward to all of these. From the description on Goodreads, her books remind me of Cecelia Ahern‘s writing style (author of P.S I Love You), which I really enjoy.
5. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (aka J K Rowling): I’m about halfway through the first book in this series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, featuring Detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin (or is it Robyn??). So far, I’m really enjoying it. I haven’t been able to bring myself to finish The Casual Vacancy yet (because that storyline, really?!) but I will be finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling and hopefully moving on to The Silkworm by the summer. I won’t lie, I probably wouldn’t have been as quick to pick up this series before I knew it was by Rowling. It’s just great seeing her unique writing style in print again. Due for release June 2014.
6. The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory: ERMAGAHD, I’m SO excited for this! I fell in love with The White Queen BBC TV series and immediately purchased the series on DVD and the books the series was based on by Phillipa Gregory. I devoured all five of them in record time (The Book People do the first four for £6.99) and then watched the entire The Tudors TV series as well (Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Yum, by the way). I haven’t read any other historical fiction about this era, I think I’m afraid of ruining my love for this series? So, if you have any amazing historical fiction recommendations, please let me know in the comments! I’m really looking forward to book 6 in this series, my only problem now of course is that I’m a re-reader. I re-read the series to-date before starting a new release. That’s five whole books people! I need to start reading stand-alones…
7. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella: Due for release September 2014 (that counts as the end of summer!), the Shopaholic series continues with Becky, Luke, and their daughter Minnie in LA, where Becky has big dreams of becoming a personal stylist to the stars. I’ve really enjoyed the other Shopaholic titles I’ve read so far (I haven’t read them all), they’re light-reads; fun, humorous and perfect for the summer. I’m hoping I can overcome my bookish OCD for this one, I don’t know how I’m going to fit in this many re-reads for new releases!
8. Love, Lipstick and Lies by Katie Price: “Raise your hand if you have a guilty pleasure?!” Oh good, me too. Katie Price (aka Jordan) is a UK celebrity who has done everything from Page 3 modelling, to Mother of the Year, to attempting to sing for the Eurovision, to having a reality TV show. You name it, she’s done it. Her story has always intrigued me and I’ve read her previous auto-biographies (she seems to have one out every 2-3 years) and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. She’s brutally honest, fiercely independent, and doesn’t hold back or dilute her opinions for anyone. I agree and disagree with her in equal measure, I love her attitude and hate her attitude at the same time, I’ve cheered with her, laughed at her, and sympathised with her in the past three years alone. This should be an interesting read. Due for release June 2014.
9. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas: Due for release in September 2014, Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series. Yet another series that I haven’t technically started yet but would like to read this summer. The hype surrounding the Throne of Glass series at the minute is crazy, so it’s probably better I give this a little while for the dust to settle before I read it? I think I’ll struggle with this as it is without the Hype Monster getting the better of me too. Fantasy, especially high fantasy or anything remotely similar, isn’t a genre I tend to go for, and I’m almost petrified of this book. What if everyone in the world loves it and I don’t?! Even the description on Goodreads makes my head spin.
10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: You guessed it! Another series I haven’t started yet! My TBR pile is weighing me down, but give me a break, I’ve only been back in the game for three months and clearly have my work cut out for me! Ruin and Rising is the third book in The Grisha series and I’m seriously debating even starting this one. I think this will be a library loan until I can determine if I actually need to own it. I’ve seen it in the blogopshere, which is how it got my attention, but from the blurb alone it isn’t something I would normally pick up without being recommended it. Hmmm, we’ll see if I get to this one.
Which books are you looking forward to this summer? Are there any on my list you would highly recommend? Let me know what you think!