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Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Sizzling Summer Reads on My TBR List (Part Two)

 


My favorite Top Ten Tuesday prompts are those involving seasonal TBR lists, like today's: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. It's always fun to see what everyone is planning to read. Not only does it help me get to know you all better through your book choices, but it also lets me pack my own TBR list with great-looking reads thanks to your awesome recs. Even though I really don't tend to stick very closely to these lists, I enjoy making them, hence the fact that this list is a two-parter. Part One is here if you missed it.

As always, TTT is hosted by the lovely Jana. Click on over to That Artsy Reader Girl to give her some love and to get all the details on this fun weekly meme.

Top Ten (More) Books on My TBR List (Part Two) 

1. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser—I'm reading this biography to fulfill a prompt for the Pioneer Book Reading Challenge, but it's one I've been wanting to pick up ever since it came out. It's a biography of Wilder, as a woman, a pioneer, and a writer, with an emphasis on the development of the American West as she experienced it. I'm about 100 pages in and really enjoying the read.

2. Dust by Dusti Bowling (available August 1, 2023)—Bowling is a local author who writes middle-grade novels set here in Arizona. Her newest is about Avalyn, a girl with asthma whose parents relocate to a cleaner town in order to help her breathe better. It's working—until a strange new boy comes to town. Adam's dirty, unkempt appearance makes him a target for bullies. Although Avalyn wants to befriend him, the grit that always surrounds him is dangerous for her lungs. Besides, there's something decidedly odd about the way unlikely dust storms seem to rise up when he experiences strong emotions...

3. It Ends at Midnight by Harriet Tyce—There's been a rash of thrillers lately that involve a group of old friends reconvening, only to have the secrets and misdeeds of their pasts come back to haunt them. It's one of my favorite tropes, as long as it's done well. This thriller brings old friends back together for a glitzy party in Edinburgh, Scotland. The party, naturally, does not go quite as planned.

4. Beer and Loathing by Ellie Alexander—I enjoy the Sloane Krause cozy mystery series, which is set in the Bavarian tourist town of Leavenworth, Washington. (The quaint village is depicted much better on the previous covers than this one, which I don't love.) This newest installment (#6) has the brewer and her business partner investigating a suspicious death on a ski lift during the town's popular Ski Week. The victim's demise looks accidental, but Sloane is not convinced.

5. Murder at Haven's Rock by Kelley Armstrong—This year, I've been binge-reading/listening Armstrong's popular Rockton series. I love the books, so I'm all in for the spin-off series, which starts with this opener. Detective Casey Duncan and her husband, Sheriff Eric Dalton, are building a new Rockton, a place with the same function as the old town but without all the greed and beauracracy. Their excitement is tempered when two construction workers go missing in the woods. When one of their murdered bodies is discovered, it's up to Casey and Eric to figure out what happened.  

6. Crow Mary by Kathleen Grissom—This historical novel features a 16-year-old Crow Native woman who marries a white fur trader in 1872. On their travels together, they witness a mob of drunk white traders murder a group of Nakota men in Montana and take half a dozen of their women captive. Although Mary Crow begs her husband to save the captives, he refuses. Arming herself with two guns, Mary rushes in to do the job herself, setting off a string of events that forces a bloody clash between two already warring cultures. The story is inspired by a real woman, making it all the more intriguing.

7. The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate—As a rule, I'm not a fan of books narrated by animals. Applegate's beloved The One and Only Ivan is an exception. I also enjoyed its sequel featuring Bob the dog. Another sequel, this one stars Ruby, Ivan and Bob's elephant friend. Applegate's heartfelt middle-grade novels are always a treat, so I'm excited for this one.

8. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown—This non-fiction bestseller fits several prompts for reading challenges I'm doing. I've been meaning to read it anyway. It tells the story of a rowing team from the University of Washington that was made up of the sons of loggers, farmers, and dock workers. Against all odds, they beat teams of athletes from the world's most elite schools, including Hitler's German rowers.

9. A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones—This series opener sounds super fun. It stars Sunshine Vicram, who returns to her small Nevada hometown after her parents secretly nominate her to be its sheriff. She accepts the position reluctantly, figuring it will be an easy gig. Not so. A teenage girl is missing, there's a kidnapper on the loose, and Sunshine's sexy ex is complicating everything. 

10. In Myrtle Peril by Elizabeth C. Bunce—I adore this middle-grade historical series about a perenially curious young girl who loves a good mystery. In this installment (#4), Myrtle's lawyer father is in the hospital with tonsilitis. With him out of commission, it's up to her to decide if a young girl who claims to be the rightful heir to a large fortune is who she says she is. Can she really be the sole survivor of a fatal voyage? If she's not the real heiress, then where is she?

There you are, ten more books I'm hoping to read this summer. What do you think? Have you read any of them? What's on your summer TBR list? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog. I also reply to comments left here.

Happy TTT!

63 comments:

  1. What a great variety you have in store for you this summer! Hope you enjoy each one. :)

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    1. I hope I do, too! So far, so good.

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

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  2. Prairie Fires was excellent. Glad you’re enjoying it so far.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday post.

    Lydia

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    1. I agree. I'm enjoying it and learning a lot as well.

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

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  3. I love the cover for Dust. Very cool.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    Astilbe

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    1. It's very evocative, isn't it? I'm excited to read the book. It sounds intriguing and I love Bowling's writing.

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

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  4. I've had A Bad Day for Sunshine on my Kindle for way too long. I need to read it too! Dust does seem like a lovely Middle Grade read.

    I've watched The One and Only Ivan and won't read the book, but I might read The One and Only Ruby.

    I hope you get to enjoy all of these!

    Elza Reads

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    1. A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE sounds like lots of fun. I hope we both enjoy it! If you do read, RUBY, I hope you like it :)

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

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  5. I hope you enjoy Murder at Haven's Rock as much as I did! :D

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    1. I've loved the whole Rockton series, so I have not doubt I'll love MURDER AT HAVEN'S ROCK as well! I just can't get enough of Armstrong's books.

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

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  6. I love doing the lists too, and I've been known to do two-parters too before! I was able to limit myself to one list but with 12 books this time around.
    This is a great list. I haven't read Kelley Armstrong in a few years but her Rockton series intrigues me. Happy summer reading!

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    1. The Rockton series is really good! It's one of my favorite mystery/thriller series. I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

      Thanks for popping in, Kay!

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  7. This is a great list! I was obsessed with the Little House on the Prairie book series as a kid. Prairie Fires sounds good!

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    1. Same! They made me want to be a pioneer SO badly, even though now it sounds like a totally miserable experience. LOL. I just finished PRAIRIE FIRES. It's excellent.

      Thanks for popping in, Diana!

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  8. I read that Wilder biography a while back after visiting the family home, and I really learned some surprising things about her and the books. I was particularly intrigued to find that her daughter had gone to high school in a rural Louisiana town that I'm very familiar with because of having close family there.

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    1. Other than the basics that I gleaned from the Little House books, I knew little about Wilder. I learned a lot from PRAIRIE FIRES and, I agree, some of it was totally surprising. It's a super interesting book on a lot of levels.

      How interesting that Rose went to high school in a place that is so familiar to you. Sounds like she was QUITE the character!

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

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  9. Why in the world, I often ask myself, did I wait so long to read The Boys in the Boat?

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    1. It seems to be one of those books that is universally loved. I even have a copy of it on my shelf, so I really have NO excuse not to just read it already!

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

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  10. This looks just as fun as last week! I am kind of curious about The Boys in the Boat because the guy who it's about is from Washington.

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    1. Yes, it's about a team from UDub. I really need to read it already!

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

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  11. What a great list, love all the historical stories here, Crow Mary sounds very cool

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    1. I'm always up for a good historical novel! I really liked the other book I've read by Grissom, so I'm excited for CROW MARY.

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

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  12. I have Prairie Fires and the Ellie Alexander sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Both look wonderful. I loved A Bad Day for Sunshine. The whole trilogy was lots of fun but I think the last book was my favorite.

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    1. Good to know! I think the Jones series just sounds super entertaining. I finished PRAIRIE FIRES today and really enjoyed it. Weirdly, I'm having trouble getting a copy of BEER AND LOATHING. Neither of my local library systems have it. Weird.

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

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  13. Loved Murder at Haven's Rock and Rockton. Happy to hear you're enjoying it! I love binging a series. It Ends at Midnight sounds good too. Must look it up. Happy reading and thanks for visiting my TTT! :)

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    1. It's been super fun to binge the Rockton series. I listened to most of them on audio, which was a great way to entertain myself while exercising, driving, and doing housework. I'm sure MURDER AT HAVEN'S ROCK will be just as good as the original series books.

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

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  14. I've heard good things about the Darynda Jones. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. Same! It sounds so fun and entertaining. I need to get to A BAD DAY FOR SUNSHINE sooner rather than later.

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

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  15. I own Prairie Fires but haven't read it yet. Sounds amazing. Dust and In Myrtle Peril both look great at well. Enjoy your summer reads.

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    1. PRAIRIE FIRES is very readable. I enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of Bowling's and Bunce's books, so I'm excited for their newest outings.

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    2. Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

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  16. Prairie Fires is interesting….especially the first half….I wasn’t as interested in the daughter. I’ve heard great things about Boys in the Boat! Happy summer reading (from the list or not!) 🌞 ~ Carol @ ReadingLadies

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    1. Agreed. Rose is not the most likable person, is she? I was interested to read about the collaboration between Laura and her daughter, though. I didn't realize that Rose had edited the Little House books. Very interesting.

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

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  17. Some of these titles are hilarious! I hope you enjoy them all. Happy reading!

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    1. You just have to love cozy mystery titles. They always make me smile :)

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

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  18. BOYS IN THE BOAT is so good. After you finish it, look for the video of the race. It is amazing that they won.

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    1. Oooh, okay. I'll do that for sure.

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

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  19. I just read In Myrtle Peril this week! It was a great addition to the series 😊

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    1. I agree. It's fun, just like all the others, but I found the mystery even more compelling than some of the others. I'm glad you enjoy the series as well!

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

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  20. So many of these are new to me :) I hope you enjoy them all when/if you get a chance to read them. Have a great week!

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    1. So far, I've read 3 1/2 of them and all have been/are enjoyable. That bodes well for the rest!

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

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  21. I didn't know there was another book for the One and Only Ivan series! I'll have to put that on my list of audiobooks to listen to :)

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    1. Yes, there are two more so far, one starring Bob and one starring Ruby. They're both enjoyable, but not nearly as impactful as THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. Still, it's fun to revisit Ivan's world. I hope you enjoy the sequels!

      Thanks for popping in, Jaime! Do you have a book blog I can check out?

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  22. Oh wow! You have a ton of books on your list! You needed to make two parts haha! I haven't heard of many of these books, but I think the non-fiction about rowing sounds very intriguing!

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    1. I probably could have made a ten-parter, honestly! Ha ha. THE BOYS IN THE BOAT has been a really popular book here in the U.S. I feel like everyone has read it but me. I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

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

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  23. I am going to have to give the Myrtle series a try with my daughter. It sounds fun. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

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    1. It's a super fun series, albeit a bit macabre since Myrtle is obsessed with crime, murder, and forensics. It doesn't ever get too gory or graphic, though, so it's appropriate for middle graders who are old enough to understand its humor. I especially love listening to it on audiobooks because the narrator is so good. I hope you and your daughter enjoy the series!

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

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  24. I agree, TBR lists are really fun to make regardless of whether or not you stick to them -- just another one of those fun bookish hobbies that isn't actually reading. ;)

    Prairie Fires sounds intriguing. It's kind of incredible how much biographical ink has been given over to her life, and yet there are still new lenses to look through.

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    1. I seem to have a lot of those fun bookish hobbies that aren't actually reading! Ha ha.

      I enjoyed PRAIRIE FIRES. I've read all the Little House books, but I didn't know anything about Wilder's writing journey, process, later life, etc. It was really interesting to learn more about her.

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

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  25. You have so many awesome books on this list! I hope you enjoy them.

    TBR lists are so hard to stick to, especially as a mood reader, but I still make them to at least keep track of the books I have and would like to read.

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    1. Same! And I've actually already read three books on this list and am in the middle of listening to another one, so I'm doing better than I usually do with my TBR's. Ha ha.

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

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  26. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. So far, so good!

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

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  27. Dust is one I'm excited about too. I hope you enjoy your summer reads!

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    1. I've really enjoyed all the books I've read by Bowling. They're great! I hope we both love DUST.

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

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  28. I loved A Bad for Sunshine! I haven't continued with the series mainly because I've been struggling to find the audio book. I love the narrator, Lorelei King. She gives the right about of snark to Jones' characters. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion to listen to the book on audio. I'm enjoyed Lorelei King's narration.I'm about halfway through the audiobook and I'm liking it a lot.

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

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  29. I have not read the series yet, but Beer and Loathing sounds fun (and I don't even drink beer)! :-)

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    1. It is a fun series. I don't drink any alcohol and I've never had a beer in my life, but it's still interesting to learn a little bit about the brewing industry. It's something I know nothing at all about. The books talk about it a fair amount, but it's not an overwhelming theme. The author focuses mostly on the characters and the mysteries.

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

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  30. I've yet to read a cozy mystery, but the series by Alexander sounds like one I'd enjoy! I really enjoyed the first Myrtle book. I need to pick up the next one this fall or winter. Happy reading this summer!

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    1. You know, it took me a long time to really appreciate cozy mysteries for what they are—unpretentious and entertaining. Some are better than others, naturally, but I've come to really enjoy the genre on the whole.

      The Myrtle books are fun, aren't they? I adore them.

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

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  31. Hope you enjoy ALL of these! I don't recognize any, but like you say, it's so fun to create these. Even if I don't read what I "plan," I always enjoying putting mine together. :) Thanks a bunch for visiting my website last week! I appreciate this.

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    1. Agreed. The planning is almost as much fun as the actual reading!

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

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