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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

TTT: Easy, Breezy Summer Readin'

It's time again for my favorite weekly bookish meme: Top Ten Tuesday.  It's hosted, as always, by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish.  Today, they want to know what's at the top of everyone's summer TBR list.  Mine looks a little something like this:

Top Ten Books at the Top of My Summer TBR List

1.  The Distance Between Us by Kasie West—I'm reading this contemporary YA romance right now (it comes out on July 2, I believe) and, although it's pretty fluffy, I'm enjoying it.  It's a classic rich boy meets poor girl love story, set in a beach town in California.  Although it's set during the Fall months, it's the kind of light, fun book that's perfect for summer reading.

2.  Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs—I always get excited when a new Temperance Brennan novel comes out.  This is one of my favorite adult series.  Since the book doesn't come out until August, I was thrilled to get an ARC of this one via Edelweiss.  I can't wait to see what adventures Tempe has this time around.

3.  The Newcomer by Robyn Carr—Adult romances really aren't my thing, so I generally avoid them like the proverbial plague.  Unless, of course, they're written by Carr.  She's a warm, lovely person whose personality really shines through in the books she writes.  They're romances, yes, but they're also stories about communities, families and people who value things like integrity, fidelity and loyalty to one's family, friends and country.  Carr's newest series, set on the Oregon Coast, is just as appealing as her Virgin River and Grace Valley books.  The Newcomer is the second installment in the series and it looks like a perfect summer read!  The novel comes out in about a week, but thanks to the generous Robyn Carr, I already have a copy sitting on my shelf.  

4.  Matilda by Roald Dahl—Believe it or not, I've never read Matilda.  So, when the good folks at Penguin asked if I'd like to review it as part of the celebrations for the book's 25th Anniversary, I could not resist the opportunity.  Look for my review soon!

5.  World War Z by Max Brooks—Even though it's not really monster season, I love a good zombie yarn.  I just got this one from the library and hope to get to it soon.

6.  The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr—Zarr's books are kind of hit and miss for me and her newest has gotten mixed reviews, so we'll see what I think of this one.

7.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman—I pre-orderd this one from Amazon because, well, it's Neil Gaiman.  People are saying it's really weird, though, so know I'm really interested to see what it's all about!

8.  Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley—I'm not sure why this novel about escaping polygamy sounds so intriguing to me, but it does.  It sounds a little heavy for the easy, breezy days of summer and yet, it's one I definitely want to get to soon.

9.  Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein—I've been seeing this one advertised on Amazon and I think it looks excellent.  It's a MG book about a kid who's trapped in a new library created by a genius game master.  He has to find clues and solve puzzles to find his way out.  It's being billed as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Night at the Museum, which just totally intrigues me.  The book comes out on June 25th.  I can't wait to see what it's all about.

10.  The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver—Deaver's books are pretty hard core, but I enjoy his series about quadriplegic forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme.  Rhyme's a brilliant character and his adventures are always fast-paced and compelling.  I hope the hold list at the library moves fast because I can't wait to read this one.  

Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  And, what's at the top of your summer reading list?      


  1. Ah, I can feel the Summer with this list! I love Sara Zarr's books and of course I'm looking forward to reading The Distance Between Us...great list! Your blog is adorable.

  2. All of those books sound interesting. There are definitely a couple I plan to check out. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library looks wonderful. I bet both of my kids will enjoy it. I think I might try reading it aloud. Great cover. I just downloaded The Ocean at the End of the Lane today. I have never read anything by Neil Gaiman. The cover is strange and haunting almost.

    Great list. Thanks for stopping by Momwithabook. Have a great summer.


  4. I'm a fan of Deaver, too. Great pick.

  5. You've listed some great books...I recently read Amity & Sorrow and it enjoyed it so much. Also I can't believe you've never read Matilda - I hope you enjoy it!

  6. I thought Amity and Sorrow looked really interesting, too! I'll have to see what you think when you have a chance to read it. The Distance Between Us looks cute. :)

  7. Great looking covers. Enjoy your summer reading.

  8. Ooooo Matilda! I LOVED the movie, I can't believe I haven't read the book yet!

    I should have added World War Z to my list too, need to read that before seeing the movie! Great list :)

  9. Great list! We definitely have a different taste in books :-) but I do love a good YA Contemporary romance so I will be checking out The Distance Between Us. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

  10. Yay for Matilda! Have seen The Distance Between Us on a few lists today already. Hope you enjoy all of your books.

  11. Matilda demands reading, ASAP. And I've Sara Zarr before and quite liked her work. You're in for a fun summer, enjoy:)

  12. I have been wanting to read The Distance Between us, too - mostly because of the cute cover, not gonna lie! haha! ;) This is a really great list and I am adding a couple of these books just based on this post! Thanks! :) Happy reading! xo

  13. Great list! Yes on The Newcomer. (I enjoyed your comment over on my blog -- thanks for stopping by!)

    Neil Gaiman's new book only barely missed making my TTT list. I loved Stardust, but found Coraline a bit creepy, and those are the only two I've read. I'm pretty sure I'm going to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I'm a little uncertain whether I'll like it.

    I've never read Matilda, either, and I probably should. And Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library looks like a lot of fun; I'll definitely look that one up!

  14. Matilda!! It was one of my favourite books as a kid!! I can so relate to her bookwormishness! :) Enjoy!

  15. I can't believe you haven't read Matilda. It's so amazing. I read it like five times one summer when I was a kid. It's so good. I'm a bit weird now. It's so good.

  16. Your list is nice and varied :) I'd like to re-read Matilda - I'm sure there's a lot of humour that I didn't pick up on as a child. I bought The Lucy Variations but haven't been able to start reading it yet.

  17. I've heard The Distance Between Us is amazing, and The Newcomer looks great too!

    Fabulous list! Hope you enjoy them :)

  18. Your number 9 book looks so cute! I'm definitely going to have to add that to my TBR list. And Matilda is such a good book! Great picks :)

    Here's my Top Ten!

  19. #9 look amaze balls! I want it right now! Amity and Sorrow intrigues me as well and I can't remember if I got approved for it or not.. great summer list!

  20. I'm so excited to see The Newcomer on your list! I need to read The Wanderer ASAP and catch up.

  21. Great list! I really need to read World War Z before I watch the movie :)

    Here's my Top Ten

  22. Oh, Matilda is such a wonderful story! I likened Harry Potter to it the first time I read the HP books.

    I can't help but imagine Mara Wilson as Matilda now, though.

  23. The Distance Between Us is on so many lists! I cannot believe I forgot it because that's definitely high up on my list. World War Z doesn't interest me in book form(I'm not a huge fan of zombies) but I will be seeing the movie with the boyfriend :P Great list :)

    Lauren @ Lose Time Reading

  24. I'm sort of intrigued by The Lucy Variations and World War Z. I thought Amity & Sorrow was okay, but there were some really interesting elements in it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy reading!

  25. You have quite an eclectic list! I like!
    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  26. 'Matilda' is one of my favourites - it's the first real book that I remember reading and it holds a special place in my heart! Roald Dahl was such a wonderful children's writer! I hadn't heard anything about 'Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library' but I'll definitely check it out - it looks wonderful!

  27. I really want to read Matilda, as well as World War Z, although I don't think I'll get to them quite yet. Also, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library sounds exactly like my kind of book and I have now added it to my GR. I really need to try some Neil Gaiman soon too, I feel so behind, haha.

  28. Yep. AMITY AND SORROW looks like something I would totally read. Afraid I'm too chicken to read WORLD WAR Z. Probably won't see the movie either as it will completely (and irrationally I hope) stress me out :)

  29. Ah, I've been really wanting to read The Distance Between Us and iffy about the Lucy Variations. Amity and Sorrow does sound intriguing and I don't know why either :)

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  30. Matilda was one of my FAVORITE books as a kid! So funny and quirky! I'm also excited about The Distance Between Us; I love the cover!

  31. I just finished THE LUCY VARIATIONS and I lovedit! I am a musician, so I may have been a little biased about its content. But it's still relatable in lots of other ways!

  32. World War Z is AWESOME! Amity & Sorrow is a bit intense, but I'm curious to hear what you think about it. Yay summer reading!

  33. Great list! I remember my mom reading Matilda to me when I was young. I haven't ever read it myself before. No time like the present though right?

    Great list!

  34. Oh, yes I've been wanting to read THE LUCY VARIATIONS too! And MATILDA, you can't go wrong!

  35. I'm glad you are enjoying The Distance Between Us. Definitely a great fluffy summer read. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  36. I missed amity and sorrow on netgalley, but I hope you will enjoy it.

  37. I love Matilda! It's such a fun book. And several of these books look awesome. I never heard of Amity & Sorrow or Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, but they're on my TBR list now.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

  38. I really like the variety of your list! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  39. these are good! good to know your top-ten

  40. World War Z is a gripping read; I read it a few summers ago and it certainly had my heart rate up. I, too, cannot wait to read the new Gaiman.

    It looks like you will have an excellent summer of reading.


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