Jul 27, 2016

Oh, Those Summer Reads

I'm not the best at TBRs, and I'm not the best at saying I'll get something done by x date and actually get it done by x date. And it completely, utterly baffles me that summer is almost over. If I were still in school there'd be just over a month of summer left, and I've done N O T H I N G. Even more so, I've read basically nothing. For shame, Rachel. For shame.

Then I saw a blog post that I thought was an excellent idea: a Summer TBR, of sorts. Thanks to Rebecca at Intrepid Pages, I got the idea that I could sort of plan out what I'll be reading (or hope to read) by the summer's end, and can create a goal of sorts. (You should also check out Rebecca's Instagram--I'm envious of her aesthetic.) Granted, these are just books that I currently own and are physical copies (*refuses to make eye contact with Kindle*), and they're books I'd really, really like to read in the next month. Only time shall tell!

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: This is a book I'll be taking my time with, mainly because it's long, has small type, and each chapter is like sixty pages long (and that's really not much of an exaggeration). I've seen this book get a lot of love and admiration over on Instagram, which is nice but also kind of intimidating. Plus it's adult and seems to have a bit of a literary feel, and that's something I've been in the mood for lately when it comes to books.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: NO I HAVEN'T READ THIS YET. OR SEEN THE MOVIE. But I need to just read it already and not fear the tears, okaaaaaaay.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown: Thanks to all the fanart PhantomRin draws/posts, this is on my list. I want to know who all those people in the drawings are. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE FUSS, TOO.

You by Caroline Kepnes: I'm actually currently reading this (I'm just over a hundred pages in), though I haven't opened it in over a week. This is another one I saw all over Instagram and I was finally just like I NEED TO READ THIS ALREADY. It's darker and can be kind of graphic, but I'm definitely interested in seeing where the hell this is going (it can't be anywhere good).

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: I liked All the Bright Places, but I think all the hype and talk of how sad it was got to me a bit. Then I read the sneak peek of Holding Up the Universe that came with the cover reveal and instantly clicked with the writing and wanted more, more, more. I'm hoping I like this one more than ATBP.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I've actually already read this and my heart is still in pieces and those pieces are stuck in Neverland. I loved this fantastic piece of storytelling when I read it a few years ago and have been really wanting to reread it, but I'm terrified I won't love it as much. Buuut it's the book that made me Peter Pan trash and oh dear gosh what if it's not good anymore?

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary Pearson: I've heard really good things about this series, and I'm a big fan of fantasy and romance. Plus the last book is just around the corner, so the time to read this series is now. Aaand Mary Pearson will have a book signing here for the release of The Beauty of Darkness--there's that, too.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich: I really liked Kurtagich's The Dead House and how it was creepy and mysterious and told in a unique format. And the Trees Crept In seems like it may be similar, and I always want to read more scary YA books. (Also, have you seen the UK cover?!)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: I'm all for murder (in books), and a YA book revolving around the infamous Jack the Ripper? YES, PLEASE. I love murder mysteries and thrillers, so fingers crossed this is bloody good.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: My main reason for reading this now is that Sabaa will be signing here at the end of the month for A Torch Against the Night, and also because I want to avoid spoilers. I have no idea what to expect from this, though. Most of what I've heard is rather good, I think, and I'm hoping I agree.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: REREAD TIME. I first started reading the bae before the release of Queen of Shadows, and now I've decided to do it every year (and we're not going to talk about how Empire of Storms is the penultimate book WE'RE NOT). I'm very much thinking I'll buy the books in paperback (we're also not going to talk about how many I already have) and annotate/highlight/markup the hell out of them, buuut Queen's paperback releases the same day as Empire. That's a conundrum. I'll have to put my thinking cap on.

So, I'm probably biting off more than I can chew. This list doesn't include book club--The Prestige, People of the River--or what's on my Kindle--The Assassin Game, Wendy Darling: Seas, to name a few. I also have a million books I want to read. (It doesn't hurt that the vast majority of my books are currently--and unfortunately--in storage.) Also, wow, could I read anymore fluffy and summery books? But it's somewhere to start, which means I need to go glue my nose to a few books right now.

Oh dear gosh, where do I begin with this list?


  1. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who hasn't read An Ember in the Ashes! I will be looking forward to your thoughts on it. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  2. You start with 'Red Rising' of course!!!! Be a part of the fuss before the crazy movie stuff starts coming out and then that whole level of fandom starts. My favorite all time series! I only just started following your blog (after sitting in on the Atomic Comicon panel at Tacoma Public Library) so I'm not super familiar with your reading tastes but I highly highly HIGHLY recommend the Red Rising series. Book 1 can be a bit slow to start (or so I've heard) but the entire thing is just phenomenal. I'm sure you can tell that the people who are fans are like UBER fans. It is ridiculous. I travel with paperback copies of RR so I can deposit them into Little Free Libraries. :)


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