Ten Books on My Summer TBR

Hello everyone! I’m not going to lie to you, I’m writing this right now so I can get my mind off some crazy strong anxiety I have at the moment. (I did something stupid and I can’t undo it and I’m just freaking out about it, even though I’ve done everything to mitigate the fallout and I’ve been told I’ve taken all the correct steps, but it doesn’t help.) So hopefully talking about books will help because little else is.

Let’s go!

Ten Books on My Summer TBR

1. Stain by A.G. Howard

The first five books on this list are already books that I have on my shelf, ready and lined up to be read. This one I got from the library. It’s got a great Goodreads rating and I know I’ll be in the mood for fantasy soon, to escape this world for a while.

2. Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt

This road trip book feels perfect for summer. They broke up, but now they’re stuck going on this road trip together and it’s going to be awkward but that doesn’t mean we can’t all enjoy it.

3. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

I think this summer is the tipping point: I either read this book and figure out what happens next in the The 5th Wave series or I just give it up. I don’t remember a lot of how the first book ended, though I do get flashes of it when I think back.

4. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Back in the mid-2000s, Mead was easily my favorite author. I loved all her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books. I even enjoyed some of her more adult offerings. But it’s been a long time since I’ve read something new by her and I’m just a little nervous about doing that. I bought this book super cheap a long time ago and I just need to read it.

5. Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon

The Outlander series is one of my favorites, but I’ve never read this spinoff series about, quite possibly, my favorite not-Jamie-or-Claire-or-Bri-or-Roger character. (That was a lot of caveats.) I just know it’s not going to have the same magic as the original series, but it can’t be horrible, right? Looking at their world through different eyes? Guess I’ll find out.

6. Breath Like Water by Anna Jarzab

This book just came out last month and it looks really good. A swimmer tries to keep her career afloat (haha), but needs the help of a new coach and the friendship of another competitive swimmer. Since we can’t watch this kind of thing in the Olympics this year, I suppose I’ll make do with something like this.

7. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

This fantasy novel is so up my alley it’s ridiculous. Zera is a Heartless, literally. Her heart is sitting in a jar in a witch’s house after Zera pledged to serve her after the witch saved her. Now the witch needs a Prince’s heart and sends Zera to retrieve one. Prince Lucien never feels challenged until Lady Zera shows up at court. I can already see the battle of wills (and wits) this must have. The ratings for this book are really good too.

8. We Walked the Sky by Lisa Fiedler

This book, about a circus acrobat in the 1960s and her granddaughter in the present, looks super interesting. Victoria is a runaway who joins the circus to find a more stable home, but the circus isn’t going to fix everything. Callie, her granddaughter, has grown up in the circus and loves the world she knows. So when her mom takes a new dream job at an animal sanctuary, Callie finds herself removed from the world she knows so well and into an even stranger world: high school. I think the juxtaposition of these two storylines will make this really interesting.

9. Long Way Home by Katie McGarry

This is the final book in the Thunder Road series and I’ve enjoyed the others so much that I’ve been trying to pace myself so I’d have more of these to read! I will probably need this engrossing, slightly dangerous and yet oh so cute romance at some point this summer. Maybe a lake read?

10. The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

I have to admit that, even though the Goodreads rating it telling me it’s probably not what I’m hoping it will be, it includes one of my favorite tropes and I just have to read it. Girl gets teased for not having boyfriend, boy gets teased for not having girlfriend, so they join forces to get their friends off their backs…and there may actually be something to this…

PS: for anyone wondering, this did moderately help with the anxiety. I do feel less stressed, though it hasn’t completely gone away. I’d consider that a win, even if only for a little while.

4 thoughts on “Ten Books on My Summer TBR

  1. Lord John and the Private Matter is OK but I prefer some of the later Lord John books. Jamie actually features as a primary character in Brotherhood of the Blade and the title character in The Scottish Prisoner. It’s nice to see him from a different point of view during his years away from Claire. I sort of saw The Private Matter as something to “get through” before some of the good stuff later in the Lord John series.

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