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!