Even though I live in a place where it's pretty much summer all year round, I'm not much for warm weather. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, on the shores of the Columbia River—my natural habitat involves cloudy skies, blustery winds, and a constant drizzle. I'm a fish out of water in this hot, dry desert. Needless to say, I don't look forward to Arizona summers. The scorching temperatures keep me inside, air conditioning and ceiling fans on full blast. I'm lucky to have a sparkling swimming pool in my backyard for quick dips, so I guess you don't have to feel too sorry for me :)
Anyway, while summer is not my favorite, it does inspire some fun reading material. I'm not one of those people who only reads light, fluffy beach novels during these warmest of months, but I do think my summer reading choices tend to be a little frothier. Maybe? I'll let you be the judge, as this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the ten books on my summer TBR list. I'd love to see your list as well, so why don't you join in the fun? All you have to do is click on over to The Broke and the Bookish and follow the instructions. Easy, peasy.
Alright, here we go with the Top Ten Books on my TBR Pile for Summer 2015:
1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler—I've never read anything by Ockler, but this contemporary retelling of The Little Mermaid looks fun. I especially love that its heroine is a young woman of color.
2. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge—Forget light and fluffy, this thriller about a deadly game orchestrated by a sadistic fiend is described as dark and twisted. Perfect summer reading?
3. Remember Mia by Alexandra Burt—I'm in the middle of this thriller about a mother with severe post-partum depression who wakes up one morning to find her baby missing. Suffering from traumatic memory loss, she has no idea what's happened to the infant; she can't help but wonder if the police are correct in naming her as the prime suspect ...
4. The Tide Watchers by Lisa Chaplin—I just received an ARC of this historical adventure/espionage novel, which looks excellent.
5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee—I know I'm not the only one looking forward to the July 14th release date of this novel about a grown-up Jean Louise Finch.
6. The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi—Although Ship Breakeris one of my favorite watery dystopian novels, I've yet to read anything else by Bacigalupi. His newest, The Water Knife, looks promising. Set in the American Southwest, it highlights a very real and timely threat to man's survival—severe drought.
7. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler—This quirky family saga about a mysterious book and a drowned circus mermaid looks intriguing.
8. The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark—I've loved Clark since I first read her as a teenager. Although the quality of her writing has declined, I still enjoy her quick, clean mysteries.
9. The Leveller by Julia Durango—I love the premise of this YA novel. The MC is a bounty hunter who is hired by parents to go into the virtual reality gaming world and retrieve their missing children. Sounds like a fun sci fi thriller.
10. The Lost Daughter by Lucretia Grindle—This mystery about an American high school student who goes missing in Italy sounds like a good summer read.
So, what do you think? Have you read any of these? What great stories will you be digging into this summer? I'd love to know. Leave a comment/link to your list and I'll be sure to stop by.
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How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
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2017 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
1. A book you choose for the cover—The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell 2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able—The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh 3. A book set somewhere you've never been, but would like to visit - The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny 4. A book you've already read—Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling 5. A juicy memoir—My Story by Elizabeth Smart 6. A book about books or reading—The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan 7. A book in a genre you usually avoid—Maus by Art Spiegelman 8. A book you don't want to admit you're dying to read—Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham 9. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven't read yet—The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan 10. A book about a topic or subject you already love—Trials of the Earth by Mary Mann Hamilton
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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2. Wool by Hugh Howey 3. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 4. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden 5. One Second After by William R. Forstchen 6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 7. Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky 8. Born by Tara Brown 9. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown 11. Consider by Kristy Acevedo 12. Bluescreen by Dan Wells 13. Starflight by Melissa Landers 14. Frost by M.P. Kozlowsky 15. Vicarious by Paula Stokes 16. Replica by Lauren Oliver