Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR, and an important note

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is to share ten books on our summer TBR lists. I love making these lists each season–they provide such great opportunity to reflect on what I’ve been reading lately and to think about what I would like to read more of in the near future.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests going on and the great strides that need to be made against racism in the United States and around the world, I’m going to make more of an active effort to read more diversely this summer, and beyond. Because much of what I read are classics and because the Western literary canon is predominantly comprised of white authors, I recognize the need to read more widely and diversely, and will work more diligently to do so in the future. I’ve done my best to keep this goal in mind while creating this list, balancing several different reading interests of mine. There’s some non-fiction, classics, memoir, and contemporary literature–and more diverse voices.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

This book was recommended to me by one of my law professors, and I immediately purchased it from a local bookstore. I cannot wait to read it as soon as it arrives at my doorstep–it sounds like it will be an informative, unsettling, eye-opening, moving, powerful, important read.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

I started listening to the audiobook of Such a Fun Age a few weeks ago but then I had to return it because someone else had it one hold (I wrote a whole post about this happening to me here). From the little I’ve read of it so far, it already is such a gripping, witty, well-written novel.

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

SO MANY people have recommended Queenie to me, both on bookstagram and in the blogging community as well as in person. I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for ages, and I’m finally going to this summer.

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Some of my friends from law school and I are reading and discussing this book together this summer. This true story seems like it will be a fascinating and thought-provoking look at the legal system, race, and how we as a society define justice. I believe the film is also available for free online this month, so I’m excited to watch that as well.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

I you saw my recent post about about reading big books during the summer then you’ll be familiar with my goal to read this tome in the next few months. I started reading this a few weeks ago and I’m about a third of the way through it, so hopefully I can keep up this progress as the summer goes on!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Confession time: I’ve only read three books by Jane Austen! Sense and Sensibility is one that people always assume that I’ve read. I’ve checked it out of the library countless times in the past with the goal of getting around to reading it every summer, but it just hasn’t happened yet. But this is the summer that it FINALLY HAPPENS.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

I so enjoyed reading The Woman in White for a literature course a few years ago and I’ve always meant to pick up something else by this author. The Moonstone is often considered one of the first modern English detective novels, so I’m very excited to pick this one up.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

Another confession: despite my love for Emily and Charlotte Bronte, I’ve never read anything by Anne! Quite a few people have told me that this is actually their favorite Bronte novel and that Anne is very under-appreciated, so I’m intrigued to see what I think.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

I’ve only recently discovered how amazing a writer Ann Patchett is, so now I’m on a mission to read all of her books. So far the audiobook of this is fantastic–it’s read by Patchett herself, which I absolutely love in an audiobook of a memoir!

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

It’s been a while since I read a really suspenseful, dramatic contemporary novel, so I’m really looking forward to reading Little Fires Everywhere. People seem to have really enjoyed it!

What are you planning to read this summer? What are your thoughts on any of the books I’ve mentioned in this list? Let me know in the comments section below!



71 Replies to “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR, and an important note”

  1. Yasss to Queenie! Also, I too have not read anything by Anne 🙈🙈 I started Wildfell Hall a number of years ago but ended up abandoning it after a chapter and I honestly have no clue why! I think I just wasn’t in the mood. But I really need to read it. Feels wrong to have not read anything by Anne when I’m such a fan of Charlotte and Emily. Great ttt Holly

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  2. Stamped from the Beginning and Queenie made it onto my list this week too! I actually started listening to the audiobook (that’s free on Spotify!) for Stamped from the Beginning yesterday and oof, it’s dense but I’m looking forward to diving into it properly without distractions! Happy reading and I hope you enjoy these 🙂

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  3. ahh you have soo many incredible titles for this summer! i think i may join you and try to read a tome or two myself, but also i need to dive into some classics while i’m not necessarily having to read them for school! it’ll def relieve the pressure of it!

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    1. That’s a really great idea to read some classics while you’re not necessarily assigned to read them for school! I feel like that can make such a difference sometimes. Happy reading! 🙂

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  4. I love this TBR! Reading more diverse texts this year is also a goal of mine! Bookclub has really helped with that. I added Such a Fun Age to my TBR recently, too, since I’ve heard so many great things about it. Stamped From the Beginning sounds like a hard read, but a necessary one. I hope you enjoy all of that one and the rest as well! 😀

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  5. Such a great TBR! I’m jealous of your literary summer. Sense and Sensibility is a great read and I love The Tenant of WIldfell Hall. I preferred The Woman in White to the Moonstone but I also see where the Moonstone was influential in terms of genre. I liked This is the Story of A Happy Marriage and Little Fires Everywhere. Just Mercy recently went on my TBR as well.

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  6. Several of these are on my tbr, too: Such a Fun Age, Queenie, everything by Ibram X. Kendi. 😉 I enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere and I’m currently watching the adaptation on Hulu. And Sense and Sensibility is probably my second favorite Jane Austen. I hope you enjoy it! I loved the Emma Thompson film, as well. Happy reading!

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  7. Sense & sensibility is not my favorite Austen but definitely a good one. There reallly aren’t that many Austen books when you think about unless you count her eariler works.

    The moonstone had me guessing all the way to the end and I’m sure it’s a unexpected ending that you may or may not but definitely a good read.

    I love Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey & I did read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall but I wouldn’t count it as a favorite but I like the writing. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    Have a lovely day.

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  8. Amazing list! I can confirm that Little Fires Everywhere and Queenie are both fantastic!

    I’ve had Bel Canto sitting on my shelves unread for ages! Your enthusiasm about Ann Patchett makes me think I should pick it up sooner rather than later!

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