Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR Update

Top Ten Tuesday (7).pngHappy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share the books we hope to read this summer. I already shared a bit of my summer TBR in an earlier post, so today I’m going to update it with what I’ve read thus far and what I’m looking to read over the next few weeks.

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Here are the books I’ve already checked off of my initial summer TBR list:

38746485-2Becoming by Michelle Obama

I listened to the audiobook version narrated by Michelle Obama and LOVED it. It’s the most empowering, striking, well written memoir I’ve read in a while. Review will be posted soon, but for now I’ll just say that I would absolutely recommend this book no matter your political beliefs!

402013Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

I read this book at a time when I needed a little cheering up and it 100 percent did the job! Angus is hilarious, ridiculous, dramatic, and even a little addicting–I didn’t want to put it down! Stay tuned for a review.

15749186-2To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I also listened to the audiobook version of this and really enjoyed it. I have fond memories of watching the movie adaptation with friends, which made this even more fun to read. It was really interesting to see differences and similarities between the two forms of this story. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series! eau de parfum (2)

7332-21. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

As I’ve said many times at this point, I’ve been meaning to read this book FOR AGES. And I’m finally doing it!! I’m currently about half way through, so I’m feeling confident that I can read the rest soon and finally check this one off my list.

136429292. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

I started reading and listening to an audiobook version of this memoir towards the end of last semester, but then things got chaotic and crazy with finals and graduation so I never ended up finishing it. I would love to read this inspiring memoir before starting law school!

11753763. This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund

I borrowed this book from a friend at the end of last semester and still haven’t read it… definitely have to get around to finishing it soon! It sounds like such a powerful, relevant, important read (although a bit of a heavy subject, so we’ll see how my emotions fare!).

2144384. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

I’ve been meaning to read this book for so many summers now that it seems as though I’ve checked it out of the library a million times. Looking forward to finally getting around to it! (And then finally watching the movie adaptation!)

14541165. The Stand by Stephen King

My friend and I recently decided to read this together this summer and I’m so excited! My mom is a huge Stephen King fan and this is one of her favorites. Will probably take quite a bit of time though… my copy is over 1,000 pages long!!

16101126-26. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

My friends and I have an inside joke in which we were all assigned Sarah Dessen books, and this one is mine. I was gifted a copy at the end of the semester and I’m really looking forward to rereading it after so long. Seems like a perfect summer book to read on the beach!

411100507. Sweet Dreams by Nadette Rae Rodgers

I’ve been meaning to read this book for SO LONG and I’m finally going to do it! This is the third installment in Nadette Rae Rodgers’ Illusion Trilogy and I’m really excited to see how this series ends. She’s also a great blogger, so go check out her blog here! 

120678. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The hype about this book and the recently released TV series is WILD. I’m about half way through the audiobook at the moment and really loving this charming, witty, bizarre, hilarious story. This book is also my first foray into Terry Pratchett and I already can’t wait to read more of his work!

183002709. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

It’s been a while since I read an old classic, and I’ve been missing them dearly. This one has been on my list for a while, especially after having seen the movie adaptation a few years ago. I finally managed to check this novel out of the library, which is a step in the right direction!

29409747-210. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

I bought this little novella while I was in Oxford recently (more on that trip to come!) because I’ve been missing the Victorian horror that I read during my tutorials there. I’ve only ever read Middlemarch by George Eliot, so I’m excited to see how she treats the horror genre.

So far I’ve read 3 of the 7 books I initially put on my TBR list–not bad for a month into my summer break, I’d say! What books are you hoping to read this summer? What do you think of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

45 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR Update”

  1. I’ve recently stepped into the Jane Austen world, and Sense & Sensibility was my second book by her. I thoroughly enjoyed it–it was so funny, so empowering, and so delightful. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. Ah I’m so happy you liked Michelle Obama’s book, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction but I’d love to read that one 🙂 and yay for enjoying to all the boys, it’s such a great read! ❤
    I loved sisterhood of the traveling pants so much when I was younger. can't wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂
    happy reading, holly ❤ ❤

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    1. Ooh yes, I feel like Becoming is a perfect nonfiction book to read if you usually don’t read that genre–Michelle Obama is such a brilliant writer, and she tells her story in such a captivating way. Happy reading to you, too! ❤

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  3. I’ve been thinking about rereading Sense & Sensibility for the July Jane Austen Readathon, but I’m not sure. I know for sure I’m going to read Northanger Abbey, which is the only one of her 6 novels I haven’t read yet. Happy Reading!

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    1. Oooh nice! I haven’t read Northanger Abbey either, or Mansfield Park. Should really add them both to my TBR list as well 🙂 Sounds like a really fun readathon!

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  4. I loved Obama’s Becoming too. Recently completed it. It’s indeed inspiring. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants was such fun and so sweet. It’s a great one for summer. I’m reading King’s books in publication order but so far, The Stand (and Carrie) I liked the least. Hopefully you have better luck with it.

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  5. Great list, I hope you enjoy the ones still on your TBR! I have to say that I didn’t like the original Sense and Sensibility as much as the movie adaptation, though the movie helped me keep track of who was who.

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      1. One thing I found, though, the book versions of the Sense & Sensibility characters weren’t as likeable as the movie versions. I think I enjoyed the book a LOT more since I could use the movie as a tool to get me past that.

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  6. I’ve only read Sense & Sensibility from you list 😍 Though I definitely want to get a copy of Becoming.

    Recently I listened to Sarah Dessen’s interview on the 88 Cups of Tea. It was such a lovely episode especially listening to how she would write in heavier themes with her fluffy contemporaries.

    For the “summer” (it’s monsoon season here!) I have a list of indie fantasy books for a reading challenge, and some classic books which I’ll be buddy reading with a friend.

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  7. What a great list! I have a copy of Becoming and just need to dive in. I think I’ll probably end up going the audiobook route too — it must be extra special to hear her narrate her own book.

    I read The Stand years ago and have always meant to go back and re-read it someday.I love Sense & Sensibility, and Good Omens too (need to start the TV series).

    Enjoy your summer reading!

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    1. The audiobook is so good! Michelle Obama is a fantastic narrator and it makes her story even more emotional and empowering. Glad to hear that you enjoyed S&S and The Stand!! Happy summer reading to you, too! 🙂

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  8. I too hope to read some Gaiman as my dad is a big fan and we have quite similar tastes! I liked To All The Boys… okay but am often in the mood for just an easy entertaining teen read so I hope to give Angus, Thongs… and The Sisterhood.. a try as well. The Stand is AMAZING, doesn’t even feel like 1.2K pages, I read it about 5 years ago.

    Rachel || http://anotherstationanothermile.com

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    1. I feel that way about The Stand too! I’m only a little over 100 pages in so far but it doesn’t feel like it’s dragging at all. Can’t wait to keep reading! 🙂

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