Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2019

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


Since I jumped the gun on this week’s post for childhood favorites, (which can be found here, in case you want to compare and contrast) I figured I’d play catch up a little and talk about my summer TBR.  I don’t know how many of these I’ll get to-  I’m way over committed and feeling totally overwhelmed, but I’m going to give it the good old college try.

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington

The Last Astronaut by David Wellington – I’ve already started this, and am actually mostly enjoying it even though my progress is slow.  Hoping to have a review up before it releases toward the end of the month!

An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass

An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass – I’ve already started this one too (because when you get hung up on The Queens of Innis Lear, you just read everything else until you beat the slog) and it is such a breath of fresh air!  It feels like the first fantasy I’ve enjoyed all year.

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig – I’ve had this on hold at the library for three months (at least).  I wasn’t lucky enough to snag an ARC but it’s okay.  It releases tomorrow and I’m fully expecting it to take precedence over everything else.  I just hope I enjoy it more than I enjoyed its comp title, The Stand, which I read earlier this year and wasn’t a big fan of.  I’m reasonably confident that Wanderers pulls the things I liked about The Stand and leaves out what I didn’t love about it, so my excitement level remains high.


Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis – I forget why I added it, but it’s a buddy read for my virtual book club right now so I’m reading a story before bed every night.  The stories themselves are super inventive but also depressing.  Not sure how I feel about it yet.

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville

The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville – Buddy read scheduled for July 9th.  I have one week to read 4 books.  This is going well.  (Send. Help.)  I’m finally ready for another Mieville.  The only book of his I’ve read so far is Kraken, and it was really weird (weird is good, I like weird), but I’m hoping this will be easier to digest at 200 something pages.  I think it’s also one of his higher rated books.

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova – This is an odd one for me.  It has a lot of buzz words that usually make me pass: dragons, clockwork, magic, organ market… (what can I say, I guess I prefer low fantasy) but it also has a lot of buzz words that make me scream yes: thief, assassin, lowest rungs of society… It was 99 cents not too long ago on Kindle, the reviews are pretty good, and a buddy read was proposed, so I guess only time will tell.

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I’ve read the first chapter of this.  It looks and sounds like a straightforward fantasy, but it’s actually more like science-fantasy, and I sort of love it.  I’m looking forward to reading more.

Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess

Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess – This book has probably one of the most intriguing blurbs I’ve ever read.  One world is destroyed and a lucky few are invited to hop into an alternate reality created from a schism circa 1924.  The MC has trouble adjusting to this new New York, where a science fiction author died young and never wrote his masterpiece.  I’m worried that there isn’t enough plot here to keep the book going, but I read the first chapter and it sucked me in right away so I’m hoping that’s a good sign.

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa – A translated Japanese classic reminiscent of 1984, I’m really looking forward to this. I just hope the translator is up to snuff.

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden – Another Big Brother-esque novel about the dangers of Social Media.  I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER.  Since the advent of the selfie and Facebook, I’ve been wondering when someone would get around to writing this.  I absolutely can’t wait to read it.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – A book for book lovers about the magic of books.  Plus the cover is really pretty.

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence – This is the sequel to One Word Kill.  I won it in a GoodReads giveaway but haven’t gotten around to it yet.  I’m curious to see where the mystery goes (and also hope the ending is better than the ending I inferred from One Word Kill).

The Institute by Stephen King

The Institute by Stephen King – Happy birthday to me!  I had to end it here.  The Institute comes out on my birthday and is the book I’m most excited about.

This is way more than 10, and still only a fraction of what I’m hoping to get read, but that covers most of the major ones.  Are any of these on your summer TBR?

41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR 2019

    • I’m enjoying it so far! I’m only at 15% or so but I’m reading so many books at the moment I haven’t made much progress.

      I had to look up that movie- but you’re right it does sound like that, and I also can’t believe I haven’t seen it before. Sounds like something I’d love!

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      • Ah, my mistake, I thought most people knew about the movie, sorry and there you would be thinking ‘what the f#ck is he going on about’.😂 It’s a great movie, nice and dark.👌

        15% is quite far. I’m hoping sh#t has started to happen by that point? Otherwise I’m likely to get bored as sci-fi is very hit and miss for me.

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      • Yeah it has!! They are just about to make first contact. Intrigue is pretty high right from the beginning and the action doesn’t take long to get started. I think you’d like it.

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      • Shoot I hope that’s not a spoiler. I don’t technically know what they are making contact with. It’s a thing. We don’t know what’s inside the thing yet.

        Shit just read it so I can stop spoiling it okay?! 😂😂

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      • Some people consider it spoilers- I don’t know! I still marvel at the people who don’t read blurbs. Life’s too short to be picking books up blind. I need to read the blurb. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, I’m just so picky about what I read.

        I also don’t consider it a spoiler if it happens in the first 10% or so. It’s only a spoiler if you’re already fully invested in the book. If you get to that part in the first 10 minutes to an hour, it’s not a spoiler.

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  1. Ouuu! Looking forward to your review of The Last Astronaut.
    I was also on the waiting list at the library for Wanderers for awhile haha 😛
    I read Alchemists of the Loom and wanted to like it so much, but it ultimately fell flat for me. I hope you enjoy it more!

    You have a fantastic summer TBR!

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    • Haha well that’s a bummer about Loom, but I’m still willing to give it a try. I’m hoping it’s as dark and gritty as the blurb makes it sound.

      Unfortunately my home library did not order a copy of Wanderers, so I’m still going to have to wait a few days for my copy to make it over to my library where it’s on hold, but I’m first in line so I know I won’t have to wait too long.

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  2. Last Astronaught was one of those I was undecided on requesting. Opted for not requesting purely due to the amount I have to read. Looking forward to your review.

    Never heard of Wanderers so curious about that as well.

    I quite liked the ending for One Word Kill. One of my favourite books I’ve read this year. Looking forward to Limited Wish, but that’ll have to wait a little bit.

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  3. Great list! I’ll be reading Wanderers and The Last Astronaut this month too. I requested Famous Men back before it was released, but my request was rejected so I never read it. I’m really curious to see what you think. July is going to be an epic month of reading for me too😁

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    • Famous Men is off to a good start, but I am curious how I’ll end up feeling about it just because I’ve seen so little about it.

      I’ll be looking forward to your reviews of Last Astronaut and Wanderers since we’re reading them around the same time! I love when I can compare notes and it’s still fresh in my mind.


  4. Nice list! I hope you enjoy these. I don’t plan on reading Limited Wish — I was quite happy with how One Word Kill ended — but I’m curious to see what you think of it. I want to read more Wendig also, but I think I’ll wait on Wanderers. 800 pages of an author whose work I barely know is just really intimidating.

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    • You know- I’ve had trouble picking up Limited Wish and I think that’s why, the ending was satisfying.

      And I’ve never read Wendig at all except a short story so we’ll see how it goes!


      • I am remaining optimistic. I’ve been too cranky with my reading this year 😂. I can’t tell if it’s me choosing poorly or if it’s really the books.


      • Yeah but that’s not fair to the books- plus I hate to discourage people from reading something they might like. That’s why my reviews usually come with a disclaimer: “Warning: Cranky Reviewer Ahead!” Lol.


      • LOL, that makes sense. And I guess I see what you mean about being fair to the books. I’m always a lot more likely to blame my moods when I don’t like a book than to blame the book itself.

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    • That’s good to hear! Four Dead Queens definitely caught me off guard because I usually don’t love YA, but I read that first chapter, and while I’m not sure I’d say I was blown away, I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

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    • I just finished Illusion of Thieves and thought it was fantastic. It’s technically an adult book, but I think it could have a lot of appeal to fans of YA too. It definitely felt unique!

      And I am looking forward to Ten Thousand Doors- it has some great reviews already and sounds really magical.

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