Top 10 Tuesday: My TBR for Summer 2015

Another Tuesday, another Top 10 Tuesday brought to you by me, but the idea is from The Broke and the Bookish.

While i do have quite a few books that i want to read over the next two and a half month of summer, i at least hope to get to six to eight from this list.

Why only six to eight?

Because this list has 4 new releases. And to be honest i am not sure if i really want to or have the money to spend on 4 new books that just came out over the next few weeks because i plan to travel somewhere and then i don't have an endless supply of money to spend on books.

And i already have a few books that i have not yet read on my shelves that should be read before i buy even more books.

And while i do have libraries they don't carry new english releases right away, but take a few month.

So add all those reasons together and you see where i am coming from when i say that i hope to read at least six but hopefully a few more form this list. It really all depends on how this summer goes and who fast my library gets books. Or you know, a book fairy comes and grands me the wish to own all the books i ever want to own. Which ever one comes first.

So... my TBR for Summer,  because i figured at least i can read the six that i own already and if i do buy a book or two, perfect i can pick one or two from this list. You know i am practical like that. ;)

Also if i do get a book fairy my last post of my most anticipated books for the next few months, clearly would be added to this list -at least in the order they get released in as well as about a few hundred other books. So if you know a good fairy that wants to be appreciated? I am free and willing to take her/him.

And without even longer talk about a list that is now follow, here is the actual list.

1. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

This one came already out in Hardback and will come out on June 22nd in Paperback.

Do you want the honest truth why i want to read this book?



I feel completely and utterly in love with the cover. Thats it.

I was sold. I wanted it.

And to be honest i have no real clue what this book is all about. Or if people like it or not -not that that is really that important since i actually loved quite a lot of books that others didn't while not enjoying most that others loved.

But since this entire post is about talking about books, i looked into this book a little and i am not put off, so here it is:

The book is apparently a powerful and completing book about the terrible dangers of blind faith and how important it is to have faith in yourself. Which actually sounds fantastic.

The actual storyline is about a cult that takes everything away from a girl -her life, her family and her ability to trust- as well as her hands.

I won't say more, because that is all that i want to know about the story, but it is about trust and murder and freedom and i am all for that. Give me that book because i want to know how it is that the girl in the story lost her hands and on the cover she still has them!

2. The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig

This will come out on July 21st so more or less in the middle of summer.

This is a book i was intrigued by because of the title.

What i can i say? It is either the cover or the title that draws me to a book. The story itself comes somewhere after that.

This story is about a daughter that was raised by her widowed mother in an isolated English village. And after the other dies rather unexpectedly the daughter comes back home from her nursery governess job in France to clear out the cottage her mother lived in. There she finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages - pictures from her supposedly deceased father who seemed to be very much alive.

I could go on, because the summary of the book is much longer then that, but really why bother? That sounds rather good without anything added to it.

I enjoy a good mystery -not that i know that this is one but it sounds like one- and it sounds as if it could be a rather good book filled with passion and life and love and passion maybe even a bit of drama (hopefully not too much since that could become overdone very fast).

It just sounds as if it could be a very good and fast read that could be read in one sitting if it is written well. And i do love a good book that i can devour in one day or even one sitting, especially if it plays in a different time and has bit of intrigue in it. Who doesn't love that?

3. The Underground Girls of Kabul: The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys by Jenny Nordberg

This is a different book that comes out in the middle of July (14th to be exact) or it has already come out, depending on where you live, since here the books has been already available since the beginning of May of this year.

It is a non fiction, historic, political real book about women, their rights and how to survive as a woman in a country that celebrates the birth of a son but mourns the misfortune of a daughters birth. It is such a same to have been "given" a daughter that there are quite a few parents that dress their gils up as boys. So many that there is even a word for it: "bacha posh" meaning "dressed up like a boy". And that is exactly what it is done -a girl is temporarily raised as if she was a boy and presented to the outside world as if she would have been born a boy.

How hard would it be to live a life like that?
How hard would it be growing up that your gender is something that you parents hate about you? I can't imagine.

Added to that, are the aspects that it is actually a real story of different woman that were investigated by a female journalist, trying to actually show how life is in those parts of the world, how women of those nations deal with their daily problems and how they survive -emotionally as well as physically- and how it is growing up a girl -to a woman- in an area where it is not easy to be female.
It just sounds fantastic to me.

I am always intersted to learn more about the world and different customs, as well as how in different parts of the world different people grow up or live their lives. And this book sounds as if it offers all of those aspects that i enjoy and like to read about.

And i like that it is a new book about a very present topic and shining a light on a difficult situation that most people don't know about.

Did you know about how hard girls still have it in Afghanistan, simply by being born a girl? You might think you do, i think that we could all try to learn more about the areas of the world that still have very different customs and ideas about and from the world then we do in our own nations or areas and with our own believes.

4. Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting and Living with Books by Michael Dirda

This book comes out on August 15th, but has been already published at the beginning of the year in some areas apparently. I don't know. Either way this book came out this year no matter if it comes out in August or if it is already available since January. I still want to read it, who cares when it comes out?

So lets just take a second and talk about the title and the cover of this book, okay? Both very beautiful and quite intriguing to me. I love titles and covers that show books or hint that the story in the book is about books. I mean really, is there something better on this world then a good written book about books? Don't answer that i don't want to know what kind of person you are if you have a better answer to that one.

This book has been written by the "best-read person in America" as the Paris Review climes Michael Dirda is. I don't know if that is true. But this book is a collection of fifty reflections on literary journalism, book collecting and writers the author loves. That sounds rather inserting to me. I am always interesting to read about what other people think about books or love about specific authors or their books.

I normaly don't enjoy short story books, but i want to give it a try and so i thought that i might start with a book that has stories about books, since in most cases -as i already said- that can hold my interested pretty well.

I also want to read about a person that makes money by reviewing and criticing (lets just pretend that this is an actual word, shall we?) books. I mean really. That is a dream come true and if anyone knows how to get a job like that and actually survive from it, please let me know in the comments and i will go and sign up a second later. Thanks.

Alright on to the books that i already own and should read already. Which honestly is one of the reasons that most of the books are on this list. Because i should get on and read them already. 

5. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

I won't tell you what this book is about because most people already know what this book is about. And if you don't i only say that it is an epic fantasy. Apparently. What do i know, i haven't read the book yet!

One of the reasons why i have not read this one yet is because for one, i have not owned it that long. I only got it last month. And i only got it because it was 5 bucks. And for that thick of a book that kind of money is well spend. And i only got i because so many people rave about it. And i normally love a good fantasy.

And now on to the reasons why i have not yet read it.

I started "A Game of Thrones" by George RR Martins sometime at the beginning of the year. And i started that because people love it so much.

And it is not the middle of the year and i am about 88 pages into that stupid book and don'T really enjoy it.

And so starting another thousands of pages long fantasy series? Not that appealing to be honest. Why i bought the book when i think that?

Because i hope that i like this one better. Jupp. Thats it.

Now i just have to start it and actually see if i like it or if i want to read it. So i hope i will actually do that this month. Because on of my book clubs on Goodreads actually has it as their monthly book pick and it would be perfect time to read it because i have other people to talk to about this book if i don't enjoy it or when i love it. You know, which ever one it is.

But i am scared. And a bit terrified about not liking another fantasy series that others seemed to love endlessly. I am horrible like that.

Still. It is on this list. I want to read it. I should just get on with it. We'll see how that goes.

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Yeah, yeah. Another book that doesn't need a summary because i don't think that there is a person that reads or watches blogs or videos about books that has not heard about this book yet.

But this book is not on my list because of the reason that most people have it on their list.

For one i have no idea if i love Maas' writing because I have never read anything by her, at least not yet. And then this book was very cheap for a day on Amazon. What can i say. I love good deals on there and buy books that i am not completely sure about. Best example? The book listed right above this one. I have a problem. Who cares?

And then i have challenged myself to read this book this month. And i have not yet done so. SO should start it already.

Do i need any more reasons? I don't think so. And anyways i don't have any more to list so lets just go on to the next one, shall we?

7. The Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

I had this book on my shelf for quite a while. And i mean that. I think i bought it right as it came out in 2013. But then the next book didn't come out for a while and i wanted to wait. I don't know why. I don't have a problem with reading a book and then waiting a year to read the next. I don't forget what i read about and can just pick up where i left of a year ago. Yes i am quite proud of that, thank you.

And the book itself is not that long either, it is not even 400 pages. 356 to be exact. So its not as if i wouldn't manage to read this book in a day or two, at the most in three.

The story itself sounds also very interesting, since it takes place in a world where you can be anything you dream -a novelist or a singer, a florist or a factory worker. But there is one rule, you don't approach the edge because if you do it is all over.

Sounds interesting? I think so. I think that nobody knows what it is all about and that can be both fantastic and horrible. But i find it interesting. I think that the idea of creating a world where people can decide what they want to be sounds fantastic. And completely different from the dystopian kind of view point then most others of this kind. It just sounds interesting. And i want to read it and i own it so in this list it went so that i finally remember to read it. I hope this works.

8. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff

Yet another book that has been sitting on my shelves for too long. It came out in 2010. And i think i bought it either in 2010 or in 2011. So it has been quite a while.

What i do have to say for myself is that i started this book twice.

And but it away again not even finishing the first chapter.

This book is suppose to be a fantastic biographical story about Cleopatra the last queen of Egypt, he live where she was mistreated and where history gone wrong about her.

That all sounds fantastic to me. I love the read about the actual story about a powerful woman in history, especially if it was such an iconic person as Cleopatra.

I want to learn more about her live, how she came to marry her brothers, how she managed to free herself from them. How her entire life was and without all the wrong facts and reasons most stories about her talk about. I want to actual facts. I want to know how detailed and real as it gets what this woman went through.

So i understand that it can be a bit ... boring in times to talk about all those things. Because lets just face it most times the life of one person is very boring and has a few little interesting moments sprinkled throughout. And that is fine. Apparently this books not supposed to be boring but "Schiff apparently managed to capture the luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life in rich detail and epic in scope."at least that is what Goodreads says. And just about everything i heard about this book. One of the reasons i bought it to begin with because it was supposed to be fantastic and not boring.

But for some reason the way that Schiff writes just doesn't sit well with me and i start this book and want to love it and want to read it and have a problem even getting to the end of the first chapter.

I want to try again this year. And i want o finally read it and see if i really hate it or if it gets better. I just want to read it already and be done with it either way, no matter if i end up loving or hating it, even though i would prefer to love it, of course.

9. My Life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Another shelf sitter.

What can i say, was much as everyone loves the contemporary stuff i really have a hard time with most of them. I do enjoy romance and those chick-flick books as they are called. I also enjoyed many adult books of this genre quite a bit. I have not yet found a young adult book that i like.

And after not really enjoying the much loved "Anna and the French Kiss" book trilogy i was kind of put out of the want to read a new version of it.

But this book has not had so much hype and not as much rave review. So i think i might enjoy it more, since i really noticed that in most cases i actually like the books that others don't seem to love as much, more. For some reason. Don't know why.

Anyways... back to the actual topic.

"My Life next door" is a very typical young adult romance, where two people fall in love, something goes wrong and in the end everyone is happy. At least that is what i am hoping for. And if i am lucky it has a little something extra that makes this book a bit different then most others contemporary reads, which would make it pretty perfect.

I have this book, it is short and supinely very easy and fast to read. It is all about family, friendships and first romances so i should really go and read it and see if i enjoy it. Oh and by the way? Love the cover. I am not sure why. Normally i hate the whole... two people kissing or almost kissing especially on romance book. But i love the colors and just overall enjoy the cover of this book, its just very pretty and summery looking to me.

10. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

I was unsure if i wanted to put this book here or not. I want to read it this year. I am interested in the story, learning about the New Zealand goldfields and what kind of ghost stories there are told about them.

I don't know if that is really what this book is about or not. I just know that it sounds interesting to me. I don't think that i have ever read a book that takes place in New Zealand so that makes it interesting because of that.

And i also heard a lot of people say that they did not enjoy this book overly much because they thought it was just not very well done and much to long. That it would have been better if it would have been written with have the amount of pages it actually has.

I am just interested to read this one and see if it is good or not for myself.

Summer is the time of the year where if i want to read a thick book, i should because for some reason summer is the time for to that i actually sit down and read it, while in the fall and winter month i just can't get myself through the big ones.

So what about you all?

Please let me know in the comments, if you wrote a list of your TBR books for summer. If you have some of the same ones that i listed.

Or if you have a few good recommendations that you think should be on my list, because more books to read, yes please!

Write more later....


  1. I had never read Maas before either... well, that's not true. I DNF the first Throne of Glass book a couple years ago, but I really enjoyed A Court Of Thorns and Roses. I thought it was well written and I just love retellings. I hope you enjoy it.
    Good luck on your summer reading! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Ooh, some interesting choices! A friend of mine read Cleopatra last year and thought it was excellent. There are a few others here that I hadn''t heard of, but will have to check out. Happy summer reading!


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