Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week.

This week’s theme is Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR (To-Be-Read) List. I splurged quite a bit this spring on brand new books (thanks especially to some extraordinarily well-timed gift cards — hurray for gift cards!). Unfortunately, my reading has not kept up with my buying, so most of those lovely new books are still sitting on my shelf, waiting… waiting… waiting…

I just had to buy these books — and I’m hoping to settle down with at least a few (if not all) of these this summer. Here are the top 10 books that I’m really dying to read in the coming months:

The Golem and the Jinni

1) The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

2) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Life After Life

3) Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

A Tale for the Time Being

4) A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Firebird

5) The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

Out of the Easy

6) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys


7) Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick


8) Joyland by Stephen King

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

9) Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by Ben Fountain

Saga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6)Saga, Volume 2

10) Saga, volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

What’s at the top of your summer reading list?

Have you voted in my vacation reading poll yet? Rather than pick my own reading material for my upcoming trip, I thought I’d let everyone else do it for me! Here’s the link to see the options and cast your vote. Choose wisely! Whichever books get the most votes by Friday are going straight into my suitcase.

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47 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List

    • Oh, if you can stick with your book buying ban, you’re a stronger person than I am! I’m really looking forward to A Tale for the Time Being. I loved My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki — have you read it?

  1. Gift cards are always great for enabling more book purchases! πŸ˜€ Really excited for The Ocean at the End of The Lane. Though you’ve reminded me that I completely forgot to put Joyland on my list this week! D’oh!

    • Unfortunately, I used my entire stash of gift cards already — but I haven’t run out of books I want to buy! So many good ones… now I just need more time to read. πŸ™‚

  2. Awesome list! There’s so many titles here that are either on my want-to-read list or on my to-read list…I recently got a copy of The Golem and the Jinni so I’m really looking forward to that! And I can’t wait for The Ocean at the End of the Lane to arrive in the post…ooooh, and I’d love to get my hands on Life after Life one of these days, been hearing lots of good things about it xD

    My TTT

    • Thanks, Lianne! I’ve been so excited for all of these books, but just haven’t made the time to dig into them. I keep thinking I’ll catch upon my shorter paperbacks first, but it never ends! I really can’t wait to start The Golem & The Jinni… and my Neil Gaiman book should be arriving today. Yippee!

  3. Good list! Some of these are on my TBR as well, but maybe for later on. I am so behind with the ones people have already read and the new ones coming out as well so it’s all terrible. πŸ˜€
    Happy reading!

    • I always feel like I’m drowning, trying to keep up with all the books I already have — and all the ones I keep adding! It’s a good problem to have, I suppose. πŸ™‚

    • I’m really going to try to get to Joyland over the summer. A friend already read it and is pushing me to read it too. Gotta read it before the next new Stephen King comes out in the fall!

    • Oh, I’m sure I’ll get distracted along the way and read all sorts of other stuff before finishing my 10 tbr books… never fails! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  4. I feel like you and I are soul sisters because so many of the books you’ve listed I would love to read as well — particularly The Golem and the Jinni, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Life After Life, The Firebird, and Out of the Easy. Soooo pretty much all of them. Great list! And thanks for adding even more books to my to-read list!

    • Thanks! My copy of the Neil Gaiman book just arrived! Now I have to force myself to finish what I’m already reading before diving in. So hard…

    • I’m really looking forward to Out of the Easy! I picked up a copy right when it came out, after hearing great things about it, but still haven’t had a chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • My copy arrived today! I was actually surprise, though; I was thinking it would be a big fat book, and it’s less than 200 pages! Maybe I can squeeze it in sooner than I’d thought!

      • I ordered mine tonight! I’m glad and sad to hear that it’s not that long – but that means I’ll have time to squeeze it in too (fingers crossed!).

    • Oh, thanks! Can’t hurt to dream, can it? Some of these I’ve had for a few months already. I have a hard time making a reading plan and sticking with it — there’s always something NEW that I want to read instead. But I am really excited about all of these and can’t wait to dig in. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thanks, Annabel, thought I’d freshen things up a bit! I really liked the books I’ve read by Ruth Ozeki and Kate Atkinson in the past (My Year of Meats and Behind the Scenes at the Museum, respectively), and have heard such good things about their new books. Can’t wait!

      • Those are the exact 2 books I’ve read by those authors. Though behind the Scenes at the Museum I read almost 20 years ago so I imagine her writing may have changed a lot in that time!

        • Right, she has that detective series (Case Histories is the 1st one, I think?) that seem to be really popular — still haven’t read them though. I’m pretty excited for Life After Life. Based on the synopsis, it sounds right up my alley.

  5. I’m currently reading (well, listening to it on audio book) Joyland and wow it’s fantastic (but I’m a huge SK fan, so I’m a little biased, but just a little)
    The Ocean at the End of the Lane is on my list as well. I haven’t heard about The Golem and the Jinni before, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy, so I might check it out. And the cover of A Tale for the Time Being totally makes me want to get it.

    • I’m a big SK fan as well, so your bias is perfectly understandable! There’s so much to love this year, between Joyland, Doctor Sleep, and the Under The Dome TV series (which I really, really hope lives up to the book!). Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I really want to read Out of the Easy. I love the whole concept and setting of the book. I hope you’ll like it as well as the others! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    • Out of the Easy is definitely one I’m excited for! I agree, the New Orleans setting is really appealing, and I love the sound of the plot as well. Thanks!

  7. OH. Life After Life was amazing. Kate Atkinson really knocked it out of the park with that one. I’m picking up my copy of The Ocean at the End of the Lane this weekend! My library bought it so I didn’t have to. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to seeing what you think of Joyland, I wasn’t as impressed with it as I had anticipated. Happy Summer Reading!

    • Thanks, Bonnie! So glad to hear you enjoyed Life After Life. I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about this one. I’m really so excited to read all of these books. Just need the time, as usual. πŸ™‚

  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane! *bashes head against desk* How could I forget about that one?! I love Neil Gaiman πŸ™‚
    Out of the Easy has been on my list for a while too!
    Enjoy your summer reads, and thanks for stopping by!

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