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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 E. Harrow – A book for book lovers about the magic of books. Plus the cover is really pretty.
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 – 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?