Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer 2015 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, and the theme this week is to list the top ten books on your TBR (to be read) pile this summer!  I'm not typically one to plan what I read, I'm more of a spontaneous reader, but there are a few books I have in mind...

1.  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I can't tell you how long I have been meaning to read this book.  It's a long book, so I think summer will be the ideal time to tackle this one.  It's a classic, which I don't typically read, but I love the plot of the play and the movie, and that it's set in France.  My dad (wow, I mention my dad a lot in these) loves this book, which he read when he was my age (which was like three hundred years ago).  

2.  American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane and was astounded by how brilliant it was, so I am currently reading Neverwhere.  I hear (from my dad, again) that this is an odd book, but also a good one.  If Neil Gaiman's track record is to be believed, this will be fantastic, as the ninth Doctor would say. 

3.  The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I'm sorry, my brain is actually incapable of processing why I haven't read this one yet.  I have no excuses.  None.  Actually, I blame my very committed relationship.  You've probably heard of my partner, Netflix?  Sigh... Netflix can be so needy, pulling me away from my obligations and responsibilities.  But I love Netflix anyway.  I'm such a good girlfriend. 

4.  Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I can guarantee that when I get this one, I will stay up all night reading this.  Sleep is for the weak.  Rain or shine (it doesn't make a difference to me, I don't go outside), I will finish this book.  Maggie Stiefvater's books are like drugs injected into your bloodstream, and I need my fix.

5.  Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I had heard nothing about this book, and then I heard all the things all at once.  It was like the universe being born, from nothing to everything in five seconds flat.  Everyone swears by this book, so I obviously have to give it a try.  That's probably like saying that I'll have just one piece of cake.  It doesn't work like that, I hear.

6.  Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

This is on the opposite side of the spectrum of books I typically choose from, but something about it seems so appealing to me.  It's a perfect Summer book, being set in Summer itself.  It seems like a good road trip book, the kind you read while eating Chick-fil-a and complaining about your butt hurting from sitting for 525, 600 minutes (how do you measure, measure a year?).

7.  Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Excuse me while I go cower in the corner because of all the glares I'm probably getting right now.  I haven't read this yet, okay?  There's just so many books to read and not nearly enough time.  And to be honest, I'm not sure how well I'll be able to handle the copious amounts of awesomeness I'm sure are in this book.

8.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Lets see:  corrupt rulers, teenage girl with the ability to kill, magical powers.  Checks all the boxes for an incredible fantasy series.  Everyone and their cat has read this book.  Everyone except me, that is.  You know, I bet even my cat has read it.  My cat is exceptionally wise, after all.

9.  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

This book came out at the end of April this year, and before it had even been released, it had a movie deal.  Yet, I'm wary of it.  It seems like it's a book that you either love to death or hate and want to stab (although, I do not condone the stabbing books).  I'll just have to see for myself, I suppose.  I do hope I won't have a burning desire to throw it into a fire.

10.  1984 by George Orwell 

I think it's high time I read this one.  It is widely considered as not only one of the first, but one of the best dystopian novels of all time.  I'm excited to read one of the original dystopian books, one that helped other series, like The Hunger Games and Divergent to exist.  Though, to be honest, the eye on the cover is kind of freaking me out.


  1. Since You've Been Gone is SO good! A great summer read. Enjoy!

    1. That's great! I've been wanting to read it for soooooooo long! Thank you! :D

  2. Great list! And I know what you mean by a Netflix addiction getting in your way--I spent all of yesterday on it and completely forgot about TTT. Oops!

    American Gods, Since You've Been Gone, and an Ember In The Ashes are all on my summer TBR too. I don't think I'll get round to it this summer but I've wanted to read Les Mis for ages because I love the musical, so tell me what you think of it when you're done. :)

    1. Netflix is so problematic! How am I supposed to concentrate on reading when they added a new season of Grey's Anatomy???

      Haha, I guess we're book buddies for the summer, then! XD

      I've wanted to read Les Miserables for a while now, since my dad loves it and I also really love the musical and movie! My best friend has been bugging me to read it since she just did and she is obsessed! I'll be sure to write a review of it when I do!

  3. Currently reading the Dream Thieves and its great so far! The Young Elites and Since You've Been Gone are also books I've been meaning to read for a while now, but my TBR is ridiculous haha! Hope you enjoy them and Happy Reading :)

    Erica @ Read It. Note It.
    My Top Ten List!

    1. I JUST finished The Dream Thieves last month and I LOVE it so much, I'm so happy you're liking it! My TBR is also ridiculous. There's just so many books to read! Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the books, too, especially The Dream Thieves!!! :D

  4. Uprooted sounds amazing and I'm reading An Ember in the Ashes right now and it. is. intense. Looking forward to a Young Elites review because I liked that one although it could have been better...I guess I just had high expectations because I love Marie Lu!

    1. I know, I need to read Uprooted ASAP! Can't wait for a review of An Ember in the Ashes! I also loved Marie Lu's previous series, Legend, so I have high expectations, too! Hope I'm not let down. :D

  5. Your list looks awesome! I really loved Uprooted and The Young Elites :) I thought they were both amazing fantasy novels, I do hope you enjoy all of these books <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. I still need to read Uprooted, but I finished The Young Elites yesterday and LOVED IT!!!! Thank you for commenting! :D