My Ten Books of Summer

Posted June 16, 2015 by Lory in challenges, lists / 32 Comments


My Book Strings alerted me to this challenge, instigated by Cathy of 746 Books. It’s very simple: make a list of 10 (or 20, if you’re feeling brave) books that you want to read between June 1 and September 4. There are no other rules or incentives, making it a very self-imposed challenge.

Like Cathy, I’m going to stick to physical books I have already on hand for this challenge. The first six are review copies, the next three are from my Classics Club/Back to the Classics challenge, and the last is a new book that I bought new in hardcover (a thing I rarely do) because I know I’ll love it.

  • Seacrow Island by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
  • Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Dunker
  • The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell
  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • The Mark of the Horse Lord by Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Saplings by Noel Streatfeild
  • Love by Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik


I’m so looking forward to all of these! What’s on your summer reading list?

Check out Top Ten Tuesday for more summer reading lists this week.



32 responses to “My Ten Books of Summer

    • Those two look great, but then so do all the others…I’m also glad that the new releases are spaced out in a sensible way. May and June were a bit of a crunch.

  1. Happy to see you joining the challenge! I’m looking forward to your review of the Astrid Lindgren book and The Dead Duke. And Anna Karenina… that IS a challenge. 🙂

    • I actually just sent off my review of Seacrow Island — which was terrific — to Shiny New Books. It should be out early next month. I saw so many great reviews of The Dead Duke et al., I can’t wait for that one either.

  2. This looks to be great bunch of titles.

    I want to read Anna Karenina soon myself.

    I look forward to reading your commentary on these works.

    Happy reading!

    • Oh good, I will be very interested to read your thoughts on Anna K as well. This is my “big classic” goal for the year.

  3. Ooh, I’m so glad you posted this. I’d not heard of he Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse and now I want to read it. Going to add it to my TBR list!

    You must read Uprooted. I loved it so much! I bought a copy of it and might re-read it again this summer.

  4. The Wild Girl’s really good, definitely one to look forward to. Anna Karenina’s on my list simply because I’m currently reading it, otherwise I hope to read Tender Is The Night and some Angela Thirkell.

  5. Looks like you have a great selection here. I absolutely loved Uprooted – hope you do too! Happy reading.x

  6. Deb

    Such an interesting list! I’d love to read more by Astrid Lindgren, her Pippi Longstocking books were some of my favorites. I mean to read Anna Karenina one of these days. I hope you like Uprooted!

    • Astrid Lindgren has much more to offer beyond Pippi, marvelous as she is. I hope you do read some more of her wonderful books — Mio, My Son and Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter are two of my other favorites.

    • I’m almost reluctant to start it because then I won’t have it to look forward to any more.

  7. Great list, Lory! I haven’t actually read any of these yet, but I loved how far I got through Anna Karenina before pausing (school reasons back in the day). I’ll have to start that up again one day.

    • I’m hoping to make it all the way through … need to make sure I have enough reading time and energy.

  8. Good luck with this challenge. I sadly haven’t read any of your choices but I have heard good things about several of them. Including The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse which has an intriguing title. Happy reading 🙂

  9. Uprooted is on my general TBR. It would be cool if I get the chance to read it this summer, but it did not make my priority list. I hope you enjoy reading all these! Happy Reading!

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    • I hope it makes it up there before too long. I’m reading it right now and it’s excellent.

  10. Yamini

    Such a nice bag of books! I just bought Kate Forsyth’s “Bitter Greens” and can’t wait to read it. Best of luck! Xx