Top Ten Tuesday: Books on Your Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: The Top Ten Books on your Summer TBR list.

This list is going to be a mixture between ARCs that I’m due to read, books on my TBR pile that I’m determined to get to this summer, and also my most anticipated books released this summer which I’m hoping to get a hold of. It’s going to be hard to choose just 10!

The book’s titles will take you to their Goodreads page.

Upcoming Releases


Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: Everyone seems to be talking about this book due to Emma Watson signing on to star in the film adaptation, and also because it’s being marketed as Game of Thrones for the younger generation. I’m kinda digging the cover and the synopsis so hopefully I’ll manage to pick up a copy this summer.

Expected publication – July 17th 2014 by Bantam Press (Paperback)

The Girl Who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll: I really loved Emma’s debut Frost Hollow Hall so I’m looking forward to this one. And also…travelling circus!

Expected publication – August 7th 2014 by Faber & Faber

Guilt-free Baking by Gee Charman: I was approached about reviewing a non-fiction book a few weeks ago which made me realise that I don’t do that enough. So in the interest of expanding my horizons I requested this from Netgalley. I really like baking, but I try not to do it too often as I always want to eat everything I make. Hopefully this book will help me bake some treats that I won’t feel too guilty about scoffing!

Expected publication – November 18th 2014 by Duncan Baird Publishers

One of Us by Tawni o’Dell: This is one of the ARCs on my list. I requested it because of this description: ‘a fast-paced literary thriller about a forensic psychologist forced to face his own demons after discovering his small hometown terrorized by a serial killer’.

Expected publication – August 19th 2014 by Gallery Books

Rush of Shadows by Catherine Bell: This doesn’t even have a Goodreads page yet, but here’s the synopsis from Netgalley. I’m really intrigued by it.

‘Rush of Shadows evokes the clash between natives and settlers in 19th century California through the unlikely friendship of two women, Mellie, a white, and Bahé, an Indian. As settlers fence the land and drive off game, Indians are starved, enslaved, and even shot for fun. Yet Bahé helps Mellie safely through childbirth, and Mellie’s warning saves an Indian village from a massacre perpetrated by her white neighbors. Even after Bahé is driven to seek safety in prostitution, the women manage to feed, doctor, and teach each other. Tough-minded and lyrical, Rush of Shadows brings to life the human dimensions of a tragic conflict which corrupted the winners and left the losers to haunt the landscape as shadows.’

Expected Publication – October 15th by Washington Writer’s Publishing House.


On the Top of my TBR Pile


These books are ones I own and have been wanting/needing to read them for a while. I plan on doing just that this summer. Fingers crossed.



Cress by Marissa Meyer: I don’t know how I’ve resisted picking this up so far as I LOVE this series so much. Soon, my pretty!

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead: I’m slowly working my way through this series and I hope book 3 doesn’t disappoint.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: I have had this book for about five years. This summer is the year. I’ve heard so many good things…I have no idea why I haven’t managed to get round to it yet.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Mass: This is another one I’ve had since it came out and haven’t got round to it yet. I’ve really enjoyed this series so far, and have heard this collection of novellas is a must-read.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: I’m reading this as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge and need to get it done this month. So I should probably get on that.

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the image to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is: Top Ten Books Beach Reads That I’d Put in my Bag.

I’m not sure if I’m going to get a holiday this year, but I am going to try to get a last minute deal in August/September perhaps, so fingers crossed. This topic is reealllly making me want to go away for a week of laying on the beach, drinking cocktails and reading. Ahhhh…yes please.

Anyway, these are the books I would take IF I was going away in the next month or so. They’re not all what I would class as beach reads, but they’re the books I really want to read but haven’t found the time to yet so I’d shove them in my holiday bag for sure.

In no particular order…


Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: I really like the look of this, but haven’t got round to buying a copy yet. If I was going on holiday, I’d totally pick this up at the airport though.

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: Ahhh so much love for this series. I actually just got this through the post so it will be read soon, holiday or no holiday.

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead: Same for this series too! This one is set during Spring Break as well by the sound of it…even better!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl: I really wanted to start this series before I saw the film, but I failed. I don’t usually like reading the book after the film (which I enjoyed) but I saw this at a car boot sale for like 20p so I’m going to give it a go!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: I find John Green a bit hit and miss by himself, but I love his collaborations like Will Grayson, Will Grayson written with David Levithan. I’m not sure this would be a great beach read though, from what I’ve heard. Unless you enjoy sobbing on a beach. I do have this lined up to read soon though.


The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas I’ve had this on my TBR pile for quite a while. It would be one of the first ones to go in my bag if I was going away. ❤ Celaena!

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass: Don’t even get me started on this. Obviously, it would be a PERFECT beach read. IF IT IS EVER AVAILABLE IN THIS GODDAMN COUNTRY. Deep breaths.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides: I have seriously had this book on my TBR pile for about 5 years. I’ve been told it’s amazing, it sounds amazing, I have no idea why I haven’t got round to it yet. If I was going on holiday I would read the crap out of it!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare: I’m actually reading this in June as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge. I don’t think I’ve ever read it all the way through.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare: This would be in my beach bag but I need to read books #4 & #5 first. I am determined to catch up by the end of the year. Malec!!!