Top Ten Tuesday – My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday

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 weeks 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 read a list of “summer reads”, you can check out my Top Ten Books for the Beach Bag.

Summer Reads Rainbow

Summer Reads 11. 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.

Summer Reads 22. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire: I was a big fan of Beautiful Disaster (my review) by Jamie McGuire, and have the companion novel, Walking Disaster, patiently waiting for me at home, 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, she received an ARC the lucky so-and-so! Due for release July 2014.

Summer Reads 33. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: I ADORED Maybe Someday (my review), 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?

Ugly Love is due for release August 2014.

Summer Reads 44. 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.

Summer Reads 55. 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 (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.

The Silkworm is due for release June 2014.

Summer Reads 66. The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory: Ermahgad, 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…

Summer Reads 77. 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!

Summer Reads 88. 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 modeling, 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.

Summer Reads 99. 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.

Summer Reads 1010. 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!

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    1. I’ve heard select Waterstones stores have a select number of signed editions to sell on the release day………….. heard it here first… (I think??)

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      1. I’m in the UK (OK, technically Northern Ireland, but lets not get into THAT one!), though the likelihood of my local Waterstones having them is remote. We don’t get any of the “fun stuff” where I am. I’m going to phone my local WS tomorrow and check, and maybe phone the one in my nearest city too, just in case. If I strike lucky I’ll let you know, you could always re-gift your copy if I happen to stumble upon a signed one…..

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  1. I just read Throne of Glass so I’m excited to read the next two and I already have Heir of Fire so win! And Landline is a must read for me as well. I love Rowell’s stuff.

    Great list.

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    1. Thanks 😀 ToG is definitely 100% going to be my first new read when I clear up this backlog (NetGalley books), had so many comments about this series today. R x

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    1. Excited to hear what you think of it! I’m moving on to WD soon, on book three in my reread of TMI. I MADE myself reread them before reading CoHF!! The agony of the wait is now ridic, I’ve had CoHF since its release date, in hardback, staring at me from my bookshelf! R x

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  2. I’m the same with you on the Rowell train! I have a copy of Fangirl just dying to be read, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I just bought the first Mara Dyer book, so I’m hoping to enjoy that series. Awesome list! Hope you find some new series to love!

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    1. It’s allll about series at the minute isn’t it? Has it always been like this?? They never end!! And I think publishers are definitely suffering from Turn It Into A Series When It Doesn’t Need To Be Syndrome! The Mara Dyer series definitely needs bumped up my list! R x

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  3. So many of the books on your list are on my TBR too! I had no idea that there was a new Philippa Gregory book coming out, so I really need to catch up with the most recent books. I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling recently, and I’m looking forward to reading The Silkworm when it’s released.

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    1. Ohhhh yes, I’ve known about book 6 for ages but wasn’t sure of the release date. I own the TV show covers though and I’m secretly hoping they’ll do a tie-in edition of book 6 too. Partly so my set will match and partly because I actually prefer them to the one I’ve shown here. I rarely prefer tie-in editions, but these ones are too beautiful. I’ve spotted another series by PG on Goodreads that I’ve been meaning to check out, I think it’s some sort of historical fiction/retelling aimed at YA??? I love that her books included the “magic” and mystery of the era too, so they’re not just straight-laced history. I neeeeeed to get my ass in gear and finish The Cuckoo’s Calling. I’ve had it laying open half read for months! R x

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      1. I still need to catch up with the tv show – so far, I’ve only watched the first episode. Is the other Philippa Gregory series Order of Darkness? I’ve read the first one, Changeling, and I enjoyed it. I need to catch up with that series too! Yeah, I really like the twist that she puts on history.

        It’s worth finishing The Cuckoo’s Calling – I had no idea who the murderer was!

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      2. Yep, that’s the one. She also has one on The Tudor Court, and she did a great documentary on The White Queen too (I became a tad obsessed!) – not sure if you can still view it or find it – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0377vl5 I’m sure it’s on YouTube or similar. I’m shocking for guessing and constantly changing my mind when reading mysteries! I’m halfway through with an idea of who I think it is at the minute, but it seems too obvious…. x

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      3. I’ll definitely have to have a look for that documentary. I think The Tudor Court was the first series of books I read by her.
        I’m terribly at figuring out the murderer in mysteries – I barely ever get it right.

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      4. Is Tudor Court worth a read too? She’s definitely my favourite historical fiction author so far.

        I doubt I ever get it right, but I’ll have guessed it’s half the characters before the end of it anyways! I loved Gone Girl for that reason, was a massive surprise twist for me!

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      5. I think it’s worth the read, especially The Other Boleyn Girl. I rather her newer series though.

        I do exactly the same – anytime anybody does anything suspicious, I just decide that they’re the murderer.

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      6. The Other Boleyn Girl is the most popular one from that series, it’s practically famous in itself.

        Hahaha I love that last statement 😀

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  4. I am looking forward to The Retribution and Beautiful Oblivion. I really like the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which makes it all the more sad that I never read the Evolution. I have to now that the next one is coming out soon! Also, I wasn’t a huge fan of Walking Disaster, but I was definitely interested enough to know what happens with the characters.

    Great list! 🙂

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    1. I haven’t even started the Mara series yet! But I will, I will, someday. I really liked Beautiful Disaster, haven’t read Walking Disaster yet but it is sitting right beside me as I type! I’m just curious to see where this goes, it’s had some great reviews from people who liked the first series/companion novels. Thanks for commenting 🙂 R x

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  5. Heir of Fire! Yes, please. I just finished Crown of Midnight and am really impressed with Sarah J. Maas’s series. And I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who hasn’t read the Mara Dyer series yet. Great list and happy reading.
    My TTT

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    1. Heylo! Thanks for stopping by. What did you think of the Throne of Glass series so far? I’m confused as to whether or not I’ll actually like it!! R x

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      1. I read Throne of Glass way back and gave it four stars, had to reread it before diving into the sequel and enjoyed it even more the second time around. The second book Crown of Midnight is an utter whirlwind, not an exaggeration. The series has more layers than the first book would imply which just makes me smile at the possibilities awaiting me in Heir of Fire.

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      2. Hmmm that sounds intriguing… I think Throne of Glass, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Ruin and Rising series all fall into the same category for me at the minute of Books That Are Talked About, That Everyone Loves, But I’m Not So Sure, They Sound Like An Over-complicated Fantasy – did you like my snappy title? I think I’ll give the first book of each series a go, and then take it from there. R x

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      3. I rather liked your pithy title. Just between you and me I think the Throne if Glass series is better than the others you’ve named. I only got through the first book with them.

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      4. Interesting… Out of the three series then that one will be read first! I love the covers for the Daughter of… series though. That’s definitely what pulled me in first! R x

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    1. Hi! Thanks for commenting 🙂 I want to read more Colleen Hoover in general, but Ugly Love just happens to be the next one out. I hope I can actually get to them all, I’ve a busy summer ahead! R x

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  6. First of all- thank you for the shout out!! 😉 I do think you’ll love Beautiful Oblivion. I really enjoyed it.

    I love your list! You know how much I adore Colleen Hoover – so of course her new book is at the top of my list. And Landline, too. Can’t wait for that one! I hope you read more of RR’s books – they are so good.

    I loved the first Mara Dyer book but then didn’t continue with the series. I really hate when the books in a series have release dates spread out in years. It’s so frustrating to me, and because of that reason, I lost interest in finishing them. Maybe I’ll pick them up some day.

    I’m going to look into the rest of the books on your list – some I’ve never heard of. They look good!

    Happy reading – I hope you get to read them all. I know what you mean about work getting in the way. It sucks being an adult sometimes!

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    1. Haha no problem – but it was also because I name-dropped you in my Liebster Post – https://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/liebster-award-third-times-the-charm/.

      I have so many plannnnns to read RR books and CH books, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men… I need like a 2 week holiday from work just to read! There are so many in the pipeline. The good thing though is I’m getting much better at DNFing when it isn’t working for me. No time for mediocre reads!

      I was lucky with The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments and The Cousins’ War series in that they were all basically out when I found out about them so I could binge the series. I MUCH prefer doing that. So much so, that I think I’ll make it my thing from now on. I’ll keep my eye on a series but not start it until more are out. I don’t have the patience, and I don’t have the time to reread every time there’s a new release (which I just have to do!).

      Let me know if you decide to read any of them and what you think! Fingers crossed I actually get some time soon, adulthood is definitely a wakeup call!

      R x

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      1. That’s how I’ve started doing things – wait until I know an entire series is released before starting. I have been burned too many times before by not waiting. I was so glad Fifty and Twilight were all out by the time I finally read them!

        I know what you mean – I have great plans to read certain books but I’ll be lucky to read half of the ones on my list. It’s just fun making the list, even though my mood will most likely change in a week. 🙂

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      2. DITTO!!! To 50 and Twilight, they were all out when I read them too. I think it’s a culture thing now too. Like with Netflix, we don’t want to wait to see what happens, that’s why they post Netflix own series all in one go, which is why I’ve completely finished season 2 of Orange is the New Black in 3 days and have to wait forever to see season 3. Sigh. I know with HP we waited around a year for each release, which was heartbreaking, but I really looked forward to it. I didn’t follow any other series like that when I was a kid… maybe The Princess Diaries… But with technology and book blogging it feels like more books are being published than ever before and I can’t be waiting for new releases. Definitely going to be series-stingy until they’re all out now. Sounds like a plan! R x

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  7. I’m stepping into my adulthood tomorrow with sending out my resumes, omg someone kill me hahaha 😀 being adult sucks sometimes.
    Good picks! I totally forgot about Mara, it’s being postponed like a boss… I have to read JKR’s new books too, getting them off my cousin soon ;D Cannot wait. And yay for HoF! I didn’t put it on mine because I’ll get it in fall but I’ll be on it before it can hit the bottom of the mailbox.

    Happy reading!

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    1. It definitely does! I won’t lie, it comes with its perks too, but not getting off for summer anymore definitely takes some adjusting. I think I need to get on Throne of Glass, EVERYONE had been saying how good it is so I must be missing out! Thanks for commenting 🙂

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    1. I want to read anything by RR! Lol Landline, Attachments and E&P are on my TBR. I don’t know why but I have a feeling I won’t like Fangirl…. R x

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  8. I still have to finish the Crown of Midnight, but so far I really like the series. I’d be nice though if all of the books were already out. It’s going to suck having to wait for all of them. Great list though. 🙂

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    1. Hi Jessica, thanks for commenting 🙂 I have to actually START the series yet! I’m working on it. Myself and Brandie at Brandie is a Book Junkie have basically just decided that we refuse to read a series until they’re all out, or close to the release date of the last book, it’s much more of a time-saver! R x

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    1. Not really… They’re ten books releasing this summer, so yea there’s bound to be some hype, but to do this post I googled “books releasing summer 2014” and chose the ten that I was either already aware of, or were sequels to series on my TBR. I’d already covered my top ten summer reads a couple of weeks ago in a TTT for Books for The Beach Bag, and since I don’t do Waiting on Wednesday posts or anything similar I thought this would be a good chance to post about new releases I’m excited for. Besides, I HIGHLY doubt anyone in the world but me is looking forward to the next installment of the Katie Price Saga!! :p

      R x

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  9. Great picks! I just pre-ordered Ugly Love and I can’t wait to get my hands on it, it looks sooooo good! I also love the premise of Landline, so intriguing and definitely not one I have heard before. I hope you love ’em all when you get to them 🙂

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    1. Lucky you! I’m trying not to put an order in anywhere for the next while until I get through some books at home… We’ll see how I get on! R x

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    1. I’m really looking forward to the Mara Dyer series! And yes, I think in the UK local Waterstones even have limited numbers of signed copies! R x

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      1. I rarely pay full price too, even bookstores have caught on to the idea of promotions! It’s very rare for anywhere near me to have signed copies but I have found a few online resources for signed books lately. Not the same as meeting the author though.

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    1. Hi Kara, thanks for commenting! 🙂 Out of the three series I haven’t started yet (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Throne of Glass and Ruin and Rising) Throne of Glass seems to be the most popular and accessible. Really looking forward to reading it now. R x

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  10. Oh my, that IS rather ambitious of you because it means reading several entire series and no summer break in which to read them! Don’t worry know, almost every blogger knows the pain of having a bazillion books on their tbr and not having nearly enough time to read them.

    Okay so, the Throne of Glass series and the Grisha trilogy and MUST reads, even if high fantasy isn’t really your thing. Because I’m pretty sure they can and would be enjoyed by most readers of the YA genre. I promise you that they are both compulsively readable and have many great and memorable characters. For the Throne of Glass series, you should start with the prequel novellas.

    I’m still waiting for my copy of The Silkworm to arrive in the mail (ditto Ruin and Rising)! But yeah, it’s so not my usual kind of read either, but I found myself really enjoying The Cuckoo’s Calling because Jo is such a good writer. And I realize I’m in the minority in this opinion, but I actually love The Casual Vacancy even more! That book just had a huge impact on me.

    Anyways, I hope you make some good headway on your list this summer. And I hope you enjoy all the books you read! Thanks for taking the time to leave me such an epic comment earlier.

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    1. I know! Hopefully when my schedule clears after my exams I’ll be able to read more. I enjoy rereads but for a while there due to blogging and extreme bargain book buying and growing TBRs I wasn’t getting a chance to do much rereading, so I’m actually enjoying it.

      Out of the Grisha trilogy, Throne of Glass and Daughter of Smoke and bone I’ve heard TOG is the most popular and accessible. I know Grisha and DSB have their own mass followings, but TOG seems to be the one most people have commented on, so I’ll start with it when I get the chance. It’s interesting you said that about the novellas, because I’ve had people say you should read the first book and then the novellas, as it’s better to get to know the characters first, that way the novellas make more sense and add to the story?

      I’m definitely going to finish The Casual Vacancy as it’s Rowling for a start but also because I have heard people say that if you’re one of the ones who “get it”, it is actually a great story. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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