Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Lazy Dazey Summer Reads

Seasonal TBR lists are my favorite Top Ten Tuesday topic, so I'm excited for this week's prompt.  With over 5000 titles on my Goodreads "Want to Read" list, I certainly don't need any more book recommendations.  Does that stop me from adding tantalizing titles from other people's lists to mine?  Heck, no!  Book recs are my favorite thing about TTT.

I won't hit you with all 5000-whatever books on my TBR list (you're welcome), but I am going to show you ten that I'm hoping to get to this summer (BTW:  I live in a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, so summer lasts from about May until November!).  Before I do that, though, I want to encourage you to join in the TTT fun.  It's super simple—check out That Artsy Reader Girl for a few instructions, make your own list, and start clicking around the book blogosphere.  Nothing to it!  Have a great time spreading the love to other book blogs and get some fantastic reading suggestions while you're at it.  What's not to love?

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway (see sidebar) for A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards.  It's a mystery novel about a woman searching for her always flawless older sister, whose frantic phone call indicates her life might not be as picture-perfect as it seems.

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR List (in no particular order):


1.  The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman—I've heard a lot of positive buzz about this book, which features a shy bookstore employee who suddenly discovers she has a big, noisy brood of sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews.  What's a terrified introvert to do when she has to face the chaotic outside world instead of hiding behind a book?


2.  The Chocolate Maker's Wife by Karen Brooks—This novel concerns a poor, abused young woman in 17th Century England whose life changes when she's almost run over by the coach of a nobleman who offers her a job at his luxurious and exclusive chocolate shop.  Cue intrigue, danger, family secrets, and more.  I love historical fiction and this one sounds compelling.


3.  Dancing with the Sun by Kay Bratt—A friend of mine recommended this author to me.  I'd never heard of Bratt before, so I'm starting with her best-rated book on Goodreads.  It's about a grief-stricken mother who travels to Yosemite to see her daughter, who's doing an internship there.  The two embark on what is supposed to be a short hike only to find themselves lost and fighting for survival in the unforgiving wilderness.  I always like mother/daughter novels and this one sounds intriguing to me.


4.  The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan—I enjoyed The Bookshop on the Corner when I read it back in 2017, but I've yet to try another novel by this author.  Her newest sounds like another warm, engaging story about a woman looking for a new start in small-town Scotland.


5.  When We Were Sisters by Emilie Richards—After reading A Family of Strangers recently, I'm totally up for another novel by Richards.  This one concerns two women who grew up in foster care together reuniting to film a documentary.  As they reconnect, they struggle to come to terms with current woes and the past that haunts them both.



6.  The Bungalow by Sarah Jio—Jio is another new-to-me author, but this historical, about a nurse who finds a new love and an intriguing mystery on the island of Bora Bora, sounds like a tale I would enjoy.


7.  Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan—I need to read a whole trilogy for one of the reading challenges I'm doing and I've heard great things about the one that starts with this novel.  It's about a New York woman who decides to spend the summer with her boyfriend in his native Singapore.  She's shocked when she discovers that the humble childhood she imagined for him was nothing but.  Finding that her boyfriend is the country's wealthiest, most eligible bachelor means she has a target on her back.  Sounds fun!


8.  Never Look Back by Clare Donoghue—The first in a mystery series starring DI Mike Lockyer, this novel is about a police hunt for a dangerous killer.  I'm always looking for new detective series and this one sounds compelling.


9.  All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung—Stephanie over at She's Probably at the Library highly recommends this memoir about a preemie born in Korea who is adopted and raised by white parents in a small, sheltered Oregon town and her subsequent search for herself as an adoptee, an Asian-American, and a mother.  As my life has been touched by premature birth and transracial adoption, this book sounds like an intriguing read as well as an important and eye-opening one.


10.  Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly—I'm a big Kelly fan, so I'm highly anticipating her newest, which concerns a woman with dark secrets who must return to the place where they're buried.  I always dig a secrets-from-the-past-coming-back-to-haunt-the-present type novel, so this one is right up my alley.

There ya have it, ten books I'm hoping to read during the long, scorching months of summer.  Have you read any of them?  What's on your summer reading list?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I'll gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT! 

41 comments:

  1. these all look like such great books! Love the covers too

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    1. They do look good, don't they? And, yeah, I'm definitely a sucker for a pretty cover!

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  2. Several of these are on my list - Stone Mothers, Never Look Back, Crazy Rich Asians, When We Were Sisters, and the Nina Hill book. I'm almost certain that I've read The Bungalow. I know I've read other books by Sarah Jio. I have a very vivid memory of reading The Violets of March (maybe Jio's debut book?) when we were on a trip to AZ. Think it was for a book group. Anyway, enjoy!

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    1. All of Jio's books get high ratings on Goodreads, so I just chose one that my library had on the shelves. It sounds good, as do her other ones.

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting :)

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  3. #1 and #4 are also on my Goodreads Want To Read list, along with many, many other titles that I'll probably never manage to read in my lifetime, but that I hopefully, optimistically keep trying to. :D

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    1. Ha ha. Same. I'll never get to all 5000+ of mine in this lifetime, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to try!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark :)

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  4. Thank you for these suggestions!

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    1. My pleasure! I hope you found some new books to enjoy :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I have an ARC of The Bookish Life of NH �� Maybe I’ll give the new Jenny Colgan a try too. Lots of great reading potential here! �� Here’s My TTT https://readingladies.com/2019/06/25/summer-2019-tbr/

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    1. It looks like a fun book. The Colgan one has the same basic premise as the only other book of hers I've read, but that's okay. I'm totally willing to give it a go.

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  6. I've had Crazy Rich Asians on my list for a while, too. And I'm one of those people who prefers to read the book before seeing the movie, so I need to get on that!

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    1. I'm definitely one of those, too! I can't stand watching a movie before reading the book since, for me, the book is almost always better. I hope we both enjoy the book!

      Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Do you have a blog, Cheri? Can you give me the URL? I'd love to visit it if I haven't already.

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  7. The Bookshop on the Shore sounds like such a fun, cute story!

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    1. I'm sure it will be. THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER had basically the same premise and it was lots of fun.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kyla!

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  8. Nina Hill was fantastic! I inhaled that book. It was so fun and quirky. I laughed a ton, and just enjoyed every page of it.

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    1. I've heard lots of good things about it, so I'm excited to give it a try. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  9. Great list! I'd like to read Crazy Rich Asians as well. I look forward to seeing what you think of the trilogy.

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    1. It sounds like a really fun trilogy and I've heard lots of good things about it, so we'll see :)

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting, Helen!

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    2. I thought Crazy Rich Asians was fun, but I loved the movie even more. I hope you enjoy the series. I still need to read the last two books.

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    3. Interesting, Deanna! I usually like books more than their movie adaptations, but there are some exceptions. This may be one of them. I'll have to see!

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  10. I see Nina Hill around quite a bit. And I love the look of The Bookshop on the Shore.

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    1. Yes, NINA HILL has gotten a lot of buzz lately. Everybody seems to love it. Colgan is another big favorite in the book blogosphere -- her novels are warm and cozy and fun.

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  11. I listened to The Bookshop on the Corner and really liked it. I also just read A Family of Strangers, so will check out When We Were Sisters as well. Enjoy your summer books.

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    1. Oh, good! I'm glad it's a good one. I'm excited for WHEN WE WERE SISTERS too. It sounds like a compelling read.

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  12. Wow, Susan. I thought I had a problem by having over 100 "Want to Read" books on GoodReads. And then you come along with 5000 of them on your list, and I feel a whole lot better. Thanks. :-)

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    1. Ha ha! Anytime I see a book that sounds good, I add it to my GR list just so I don't "lose" it. I admit, it's gotten a *little* out of control :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  13. The Chocolate Maker's Wife looks really good. It would be so interesting to learn about chocolate making back in that time period.

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    1. Right? I'm interested in anything chocolate :)

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  14. So many on the wishlist, Susan :) But hey, isn't it fun to "window-shop" for new titles?

    I'm so happy you mentioned Ms. Bratt's book. I realized I had Wish Me Home by her on my want to read list. This book by her sounds good too, so on it goes, too! I have had my eye on Nina Hill, Stone Mothers, Never Look Back, & Emilie Richards's titles--I just started to collect some of her books from thrift shop-- I have one from the Shenandoah series and another I can't name right now.

    It's fun to compare notes and see the commonality among book bloggers!

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    1. I agree! I always get excited when I find other bloggers and readers who also enjoy my favorite genres, authors, and books. It's fun to compare notes and find new authors to love.

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  15. Love Jio. Loved The Bungalow. Hope you enjoy. If you do, keep reading hers!

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    1. I feel like I'm really going to like Jio's books. They all sound good to me. We'll see what I think of THE BUNGALOW and go from there.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  16. Agh, so many of these are on my TBR! I loooved Crazy Rich Asians, I hope you do too!!

    Alison
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    1. So many books, so little time, right? I wish I had more reading hours in the day. If only real life didn't get in the way all the time!

      Thanks for coming by, Alison!

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  17. Great list! The Bookish Life of Nina Hill sounds right up my street, I love it when the MC is also a bibliophile and that cover is so cute!

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    1. Right? I can definitely relate to an introverted bookworm who'd rather read than deal with real life!

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  18. When We Were Sisters sounds like a really good read. I hope you like it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

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    1. I always love books about sisters! I have two of them so I'm familiar with all the fierce love and mighty drama that can go on in those relationships :)

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  19. I look forward to reading The Bookish Life of Nina Hill as well! Happy reading!

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  20. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is on my TBR! A few of the others are new to me, so I'll definitely check them out. Also, you have over 5,000 titles on your GR TBR?? Wow!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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