Hey everyone! Now, I know I’ve struggled with some of my recent Top Tens, but this one? Yeah, I’ve got no problem with this one. So let’s check it out and see what’s on my list and why!
Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Ok, so in the last 6 months or whatever, I’ve become kind of obsessed with this story. I’ve watched the musical (with Hugh Jackman) countless times in this time span. I watched the PBS mini-series starring Lily Collins and David Oyelowo. Like, I’m starting to feel like I could write a dissertation on these characters without ever having cracked the book. But that’s why I want to read it now. I want to know how faithful these adaptations are because between the different versions, there are some significant differences. And I just want to see why this was so popular back in the day. (Apparently Civil War soldiers carried a copy of this with them throughout the war. Like, thousands of them. It’s so thick, I suppose if you were going to read it around a fire, it’d take a long time to get through, thus killing a lot of time.)
2. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz
This book (and the next two) have been on my to-read list since about 2009. It’s actually getting ridiculous. I still want to read them, but it’s getting harder to find them on the shelves of my library.
3. East by Edith Pattou
A friend recommended this book to me in high school. I’m now less than a year away from my ten-year reunion (OH MY GOD). I think it’s about time I read this.
4. The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski
When I was first getting into Goodreads, I kind of went on a spree adding books to my to-read list. This was one of those I saw and thought I should read. 10 years later, it’s still sitting there on that TBR shelf. This is the summer of trying to flush some of those out. (I’ve already gone through and deleted a number of them that I’m no longer interested in, but this keeps surviving the purge.)
5. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia
I have this ARC sitting on my Kindle and y’all, I’m dying to read it. Zappia is one of those authors I think I’ll always gravitate toward. This one doesn’t deal with mental health in the same way her previous two books do. Instead, this one is about being blamed for a crime our MC didn’t commit. (I’m kind of hoping the Addams of Addamsville means it’s going to be crazy and creepy like the Addams Family, but I’m not holding my breath on that.)
6. The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
It’s about Edgar Allan Poe! I love Poe. His writing is clever and fantastically layered and I love how weird he was. Winters has only disappointed me like, once, and that was when she went away from YA for a time. But her YA books have been seriously On Point, so I have a good feeling about this one.
7. My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
I bought this like a year ago. I mean, it’s Eliza Hamilton’s story and Dray did a fantastic job with America’s First Daughter, the tale of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter. So I know this is going to be excellent as well, but I just…I keep putting it off in favor of library books that have a due date. I need to just make time.
8. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
The last book in the Throne of Glass series, I just need to read this and be done with the whole thing. But I always get weird out because it’s been so long since I’ve read the other books that I know I’ve forgotten things. Not that I’ve forgotten how the other books ended, but I know I always forget important characters and details. And I don’t want this reading experience to be bad by not remembering those things. But I’m not going back and rereading the other books right now.
9. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I’ve heard so much about this book in the last year or so that I know I need to read it. I love fantasy, but for some reason, this one has just never quite grabbed my attention from the synopsis alone. Guess we’ll see.
10. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
I picked this up from the library on a whim. It looked interesting, but it’s been sitting around for a few weeks now and I need to just grab it and read it one of these days.