Summertime, and the Reading is Easy (Top Ten Tuesday)

June 18, 2013 Book Club, Contemporary Fiction, Top Ten Tuesday 48

Howdy Bookworms!

In case you hadn’t noticed, it is summer! Well. It’s summer here in the northern hemisphere at least. Australia just blows my mind with the opposite seasons. And the awesome marsupials. (I want to visit you, Australia. I am not good at being a tourist, but I think I love you.) Aaaanyway. Today is TUESDAY! So. The Broke and The Bookish have asked me to give y’all a list of the Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list. Right now I’ve got a big old stack to tackle, so let’s do this thing!

TTT3W1. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s the very first book we are reading for The Fellowship of the Worms and I am SO EXCITED! I know that once I finish it I’m going to have a hard time not talking about it immediately, so I’m trying to restrain myself. I’ve heard good things from a few of the participants already. I can’t wait! Eeeep!

2. The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. We are reading this for BOTH of my IRL book clubs this summer and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s been on my radar for a while and it’s set in Australia! I didn’t even realize when I started this post and went on my marsupial tangent that there would be an Australia book on this list. I love it when the universe does things like that.

3. The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hangarne. I have this waiting for me thanks to NetGalley. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews on this one so I’m pretty stoked to read it. Josh Hangarne is actually a book blogger (cool right?!) His life story is crazy interesting though. He has Tourette’s and is a body builder and a bunch of other stuff I don’t know about yet because I haven’t read the book. I’ll be sure to fill you in!


4. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. I have to hurry up and read this one because it’s on my kindle and it’s a library loan, but I’m really excited about this one, too. It was recommended to me by a fellow Bookworm (none other than the winner of the Name That Book Club contest, Ashley!) I’ve seen it floating around the blogosphere, too, always with rave reviews.

5. Under The Dome by Stephen King. I’m actually just about at the midway point on this one. I’m reading it for Coffee and a Book Chick’s summer read along. It’s been different for me because I don’t normally read more than one book at a time, but I’ve taken to reading this while I’m on the treadmill. Since I’m currently busy being VERY ANGRY with some of the characters, it’s best to read while I’m getting some aggression out!

6. The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier. There’s a funny story behind this one. You know I like Tracy Chevalier. I’ve mentioned that enough times and even wrote a full review of her latest novel, The Last Runaway. My pal Lillian over at It’s A Dome Life hosted a little game. She’s an artist, but sometimes her paintings don’t turn out the way she planned. She’s got this horse painting that she’s always hated and asked her readers to turn it into a meme. I told her it needed a horn, because “fillies dig unicorns.” Then she made this hysterical meme and I was all “I need to put this on my blog! I need a book about a unicorn, damnit!” And thus, this title was added to my TBR list.

Nothing like laughing at your own jokes, but seriously. This kills me!

Nothing like laughing at your own jokes, but seriously. This kills me!

7. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I loved Eleanor & Park so much, I obviously need to read more. RAINBOW! I LOVE YOU!

8. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. I know. It’s not new or anything, but I haven’t read it, it was on sale, and now it’s just languishing on my kindle along with…

9. She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Same story. Acclaimed book. Sale price. Katie, being distracted by shiny new things, has thus far not attempted to read it.

10. More stuff by Jennifer Crusie. I really liked Bet Me and I just found a bundle of 4 Crusie books for under 10 bucks on Amazon for my kindle. These are great palate cleansers and a nice escape from some of my more intense reading. I don’t know what I’ll read first, but does it really matter?

That’s my list. What do you have on your radar, Bookworms?

48 Responses to “Summertime, and the Reading is Easy (Top Ten Tuesday)”

  1. Nish

    That’s so funny about unicorns. I just finished a book Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami and it’s filled with unicorns. I just posted a review and the review could have done with a little brown and yellow unicorn in it 🙂

  2. Ashley F

    Oooooooooooo. Totally want to read The World’s Strongest Librarian and I’ve already downloaded Eleanor and Park.

    I’m guilty of not having read The Lady and The Unicorn either.

    Btw….which books were included in the Jennifer Crusie bundle?

  3. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader

    Ha ha, love the unicorn pic 😉

    You have sooo much goodness here that I don’t know where to start! No.s 3, 8, and 9. Yes! Read them 🙂

    Happy summer reading chica!

  4. Cindy

    I just finished Under The Dome. You know what’s kind of creepy? When you post on Twitter how much you want certain characters to get what they deserve because they are so evil, and they TWEET YOU BACK. I don’t know whether to be amused or weirded out.

    I need to add The Thirteenth Tale to my list so that I can play along with the book club. I just started Revenge Wears Prada and I got Chasing Harry Winston at the same time, even though I’ve read it before. I think I need to get a Sophie Kinsella and the latest Jane Green book to read this summer too. I’m easily distracted by shiny new books, so who knows what else I’ll end up having to have.

    • Words for Worms

      OMG!!!!! I would FREAK OUT if Big Jim or Junior tweeted me back! I hate them so much right now, I’m only halfway through. It’s so stressful! Everything’s coming up evil! Gah! I would LOVE for you to play along with The Fellowship. It’s going to be so much fun. I’m really loving the book, too. Yay! (Oh, and let me know about the new Prada book, mmmkay? I really liked the first one, but I’m not sure it can support a sequel.)

  5. Brittany

    Attachments! Yay!!! I really wanted to read Under the Dome and I’ve owned it for at least a year, maybe more but……. It’s just SO BIG haha. I’m already in the middle of A Song of Ice and Fire series now that I need to finish that before I start another huge book! 🙂

    • Words for Worms

      Oh yeah, The Game of Throne books are BIG, that’s for sure. They have sooo many characters. I don’t blame you for not wanting to try something else while tackling those (i really like them, I’ve read them all so far!)

  6. Laura

    Tell The Wolves I’m Home was by far my favorite read last year – hope you enjoy it!!

  7. Sarah Says Read

    ATTACHMENTS! And Jennifer Crusie! SO much win right there. I could use another Crusie read sometime soon.

    The World’s Strongest Librarian looks really cool but I keep forgetting to see if the library has it.

  8. Rory

    I can second that Tell the Wolves I’m Home is AMAZING. It was probably my favorite release last year. And of course as a lover of all things Stephen King, I liked Under The Dome and can’t wait for the miniseries.

  9. Megan M.

    I read The Thirteenth Tale back when it was first published. It was really good, and I’m hoping I remember enough about it to discuss it intelligently at our first book club.

    I want to read Attachments, too… and Fangirl, and Landline, the new novel she just sold and will probably be published next year. New author obsessions are fun.

    • Words for Worms

      New author obsessions ARE fun, aren’t they? 🙂 I’m sure you’ll remember enough of it. I just finished it last night and WOAH. I hope I can come up with smart enough questions LOL.

  10. caitlinstern

    I have Attachments on my TBR list. And I can vouch for The World’s Strongest Librarian. A few places made me tear up a bit, but I was happy when I finished reading it.

  11. The Underground Writer

    I wonder what you’ll think of SHE’S COME UNDONE. I got halfway through before I stopped reading it. These scenes were way too raw for my taste (I am a bit of a prude, I admit). It was one disturbing incident after another, after another. Thing was – he was an amazing writer. You would never know it was written by a man – he seemed so connected to female emotions. If he had just left out a lot – or described it less – I probably would have finished it…

  12. Jennine G.

    Have you read any Wally Lamb? I’m a fan. Of them all, She’s Come Undone is probably last on my list, but not bad. The other two I really liked are I Know This Much is True and The Hour I First Believed. He has a new one coming out October 2013 called We Are Water.

    Great list on this post!

  13. Brooke

    Great list! The only one I’ve read is Angela’s Ashes which is quite good, although heavy and a good bit sad at times. Several members of my book club hold it as their favorite book of all time. Happy summer reading!!

  14. Kelly

    I’ve read quite a few on your list but the one that stands out as SO GOOD that you MUST READ is Light Between Oceans! Be forewarned: you will be sobbing all over this book by the end!

  15. Rissa

    I’m loving all these suggestions for my holiday reading! I’ll just sponge of other people’s good taste, and instead ‘officially’ invite you to Australia 🙂 Our ‘winter’ here on the Gold Coast is pretty gorgeous.

    • Words for Worms

      You just made my LIFE. An official invitation to Australia from a for real Australian. Maybe I can talk my husband into a winter trip. A foot or so of snow on the ground is good motivation to travel halfway ’round the world, no? 🙂

  16. Lyssapants

    I need a few books that are really easy and really funny for my honeymoon. I was thinking like the Rachel Dratch (sp?) book you reviewed that one time. Anything else like that you can recommend????? I’ve already read Bossypants.

    • Words for Worms

      Did you read Mindy Kaling’s book? That’s good for a giggle. Dratch was good too. I always laugh when I read Fannie Flagg, but that’s only if you find Southern charm amusing. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man might be the funniest. I really liked Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, she’s very beach read, too. I know Sedaris isn’t your fave. I didn’t much care for Chelsea Handler, but if you dig her humor, her books might be just the ticket.

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