Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2017 TBR

Happy Tuesday!! June is almost here, meaning that summer is right around the corner! (In my mind it’s been summer for a few weeks now because my semester ended a while ago, but I guess if we’re talking seasons then we still have a bit to go…) Anyways, today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from The Broke and the Bookish is anything having to do with summertime, so I’ve decided to share the top ten books on my summer TBR list. My next term of classes doesn’t start until late September, so I have nearly four months to read whatever I please. (Can you feel how excited I am?!?!) In no particular order, here is my summer TBR:

The Heroic Slave by Frederick Douglass

Recently for one of my final papers I did a study of the critical reception of Douglass’ works. I knew that he had written three different autobiographies, but I had no idea that he also published a novel. I’m really intrigued to see what Douglass’ only piece of fiction is like, especially since I now know all about the historical, social, and critical context of his writing.

More plays by Shakespeare

Every summer I try to read a few plays by Shakespeare to knock them off my TBR list. They are referenced so often in literature that I feel as though it’s beneficial for me to spend some time on them (even though I’m not a super huge fan of the Bard as of now….). So far I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. If you have any recommendations for which plays I should read next, let me know!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This novel has been recommended to me countless times, both online and in real life. I can’t wait to see how she tackles fascinating and interesting topics such as race, cultural identity, nationhood, and love for people and places alike. I feel as though summer will be the perfect time to dive into what promises to be an incredibly eye-opening read.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

This is one of those books that I’ve been meaning to read since high school but just haven’t gotten around to doing so. (To be honest, I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t had to read it for a class…) Considering the enormous reputation it has in American history, I’m really looking forward to finally understanding the controversy surrounding this novel.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak

I’ve been in the middle of reading this book for MONTHS. It was a great book to keep on my nightstand in college because I could quickly read a story or two before bed if I couldn’t fall asleep. Of course, the downside to this method is that it’s taking me forever to get through. Hopefully I can read the rest of these hilarious, witty stories this summer!

An Unreliable Guide to London by too many authors to list

Rumor has it that a certain bookworm will be traveling to a certain European county in the near future, meaning that this quirky collection of short stories would be the perfect book to read alongside many travel guides this summer.

More by William Faulkner

Next term I’ll hopefully be taking an entire course about William Faulkner (fingers crossed!) so I’m planning on reading a lot of his work this summer. Besides rereading The Sound and the Fury again, I’d also like to read Absalom, Absalom!, The Hamlet, Go Down, Moses, and several of his short stories. If you have any recommendations for more of Faulkner’s writing, please let me know!

Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta

I’m sure you’re sick and tired of hearing me praise Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road in every single post, so I think it’s high time that I branch out and read more of her work. I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I read Jellicoe Road for the first time!

The Quartet : Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

I absolutely love learning about these formative years in the history of the United States. After reading and adoring Ellis’ book Founding Brothers several years ago I’ve been eagerly anticipating this next read. (It’s also been glaring at me from my bookshelf for quite some time.)

Matilda by Roald Dahl

I thought I would end this TBR list on a really fun read that I’ve been meaning to get to for AGES. I feel like I’m the only twenty-year-old bookworm who has yet to read this charming little book! Every time I go to my local library it has already been checked out, but fingers crossed that I can finally snag it this summer.

What books are you hoping to read this summer? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



47 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2017 TBR”

  1. If you’re looking for Shakespeare recommendations, I’m excited to finally read Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night this summer! Would love to discuss them with you 🙂

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  2. MATILDA IS THE BEST MIDDLE GRADE BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF ALL MIDDLE GRADE BOOKS. I cannot explain how much I adore it, and I can’t wait to hear what you think!! It’s the only book I read in elementary school that I still remember vividly and would be willing to read again.

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    1. I’m so glad that you loved Matilda!! I really can’t wait to read it– as with all of Roald Dahl’s books, it seems like it will be a really fun, witty, charming story ❤ I'll absolutely let you know what I think!

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    1. I’ve heard great things about Atwood’s Hag-Seed and I love the idea of retelling Shakespeare’s plays with a modern twist. Definitely let me know what you think!


  3. Fantastic list, Holly! I especially love that you want to read Matilda. I think it’s my favorite Roald Dahl book besides the BFG! I hope you love it. It’s such a short and sweet little read 😀

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    1. I like to take advantage of the extra free time and read some more challenging books in the summer 🙂 Don’t worry, there are some quick ones sprinkled in there as well haha

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    1. Thank you, you as well! 🙂 We Should All Be Feminists is also on my TBR list in general. I’ve heard fantastic things about it and I know it’s a TEDtalk so I might just watch it that way?

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  4. I read A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year in English and it was pretty good! It’s also pretty short so I would suggest it for a quick read for this summer!

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    1. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is actually one of the only Shakespeare plays I’ve seen performed live (my high school did a production of it) but I’ve never actually read it. Thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

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  5. Hooray for Shakespeare! My favorite is probably The Tempest, and I would also suggest A Midsummer Night’s dream, especially as this is a summer goal! 🙂

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  6. Your list definitely looks a lot different than my TTT! Most of these look like required school reading to me. xD (But hey, to each her own. 😊) I love Melina Marchetta, though. Is Jellicoe Road the only book of hers you’ve read?

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    1. hahaha I get that a lot 🙂 Jellicoe Road is definitely my favorite Marchetta book I’ve read. I did read Saving Francesca in my early high school years and I remember enjoying it, though I don’t really remember the details of the story that well. It might be time for a reread! 🙂


  7. Great post! Americanah is on my list of books to read as well! (ALSO MATILDA IS AMAZING SO YOU MUST READ IT NOW. And then spend countless hours wishing you were Matilda, and wishing the book was longer so you could read more about her adventures ❤ )

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