Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

Posted June 17, 2014 by Lory in lists / 17 Comments

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, here are ten books I want to read this summer.

Jane Gardam novel

1-3. Old Filth Trilogy by Jane Gardam:
Old Filth, The Man in the Wooden Hat, and Last Friends
With the third volume out now, I’m due for a reread of the first two. When I originally read them it was years apart and I was not really paying attention to how Gardam was telling the same story from different points of view. I think it will be more interesting to read them all together.

4. Poison by Bridget Zinn
This fantasy-adventure with a sweet romance and an adorable pig sounds like good silly fun, which is perfect for vacation reading. It also sounds like it could have used some editing, but I hope I’ll be able to overlook that. Tragically, the young debut author died before seeing her book published, but her work lives on and has been enjoyed by many.

French classic novel

5. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier
6. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
I should at least aim to knock off a couple of meaty items from my Classics Club list. I might change my mind about which ones, but here are two possibilities that seem suitable for long summer days.


7. High Rising by Angela Thirkell
Now that I’ve finally gotten into Trollope’s Barsetshire, I’d like to sample Thirkell’s. If I like it, there’s a lot of reading to be had there.

memoir hiking 8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Okay, I really have to read this blockbuster now and see what it’s all about.

9. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
What could be better for summer reading than a true story about a life-transforming distance hike?

10. Reader’s Choice
There were too many possibilities to pick one for the last spot on my list, so I’ll leave it to you…what do you say I MUST read this summer?

UPDATE (in December):
I had totally forgotten about these plans, but when I chanced upon them it turned out that I did read almost all of these by the end of the year. The only exception was Midnight’s Children; I read The Brandons instead of High Rising because it was the only Barsetshire novel I could get from my library. I was disappointed by Poison and The Fault in Our Stars, but otherwise I enjoyed them all. Now, what should I read this winter?

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17 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten TBR Books This Summer

    • So much to read, indeed. I used to make myself finish books whether I liked them or not. but now I don't if I think they're not worth my time. I hope all of these will be keepers.

  1. I'm always kind of loath to recommend books on the spot to people. That said, an extremely cozy read is anything by Miss Read. Have you heard of her? Some of her books can be slow-going, but the calm, cozy village life can be a fun summer read.

    The Fault in Our Stars? Oh dear. I am feeling so conflicted over it. On one hand, the book is so talked-about that I am immensely curious about it, but on the other hand, we all know how this is going to end and I'm not in the mood to sob through a book. You read it and let us know what you thought and spare me from reading it. 🙂

    • I know what you mean, I'm waiting till I think I'm in the right mood. Sometimes I do like a good sobfest. Miss Read is lovely for summer! I've sampled a few…let me see what my new library has to offer.

  2. Wild is a book I've read about and thought would be a great read since I hiked in the Oregon and Washington Cascades (not on the Pacific Crest Trail unfortunately). Still would be great to read this summer! You've got a great list, Lory.

    • I only started hiking after I moved away from the Northwest, alas. Maybe we'll go back for an extended stay sometime and explore some of those great trails.

    • Okay, so now that I'm reading all these other great comments, I'm thinking of all kinds of book suggestions. On the hiking theme, have your read anything by Bill Bryson? I just recently read A Walk in the Woods and laughed my head off most of the time!

    • I'm looking forward to this. I hope it doesn't lose too much in translation (I SHOULD try to brush up my French, but I'm being realistic).

  3. Poison sounds like such a fun read – what a shame that Bridget Zinn passed away. 🙁 I had to read Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories during my first year of university and I loved it, but I haven't read any of his other work yet.

    If you're a fan of classics I highly recommend checking out one of Anne Bronte's novels this summer! 🙂

    • I love Haroun too — I was so disappointed with the sequel, Luka and the Fire of Life. I haven't read any other Rushdie yet but Midnight's Children comes highly recommended, so I'm hopeful. Thanks for recommending Anne Bronte! She often gets overlooked. I have read her novels but not as often as her sisters'.

  4. Wow, sounds wild! I wouldn't normally pick up that sort of thing either; thanks for the recommendation out of my comfort zone.

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