Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read This Summer

Posted June 18, 2013 by shooting in Uncategorized / 17 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books to Read This Summer
(in no particular order)

My list for this week’s Top Ten (courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish) are novels that I’ve been wanting to read and think would make nice “in-the-pool” type books.


1. The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty – I think this would be considered urban fantasy; sometimes I get confused by the distinction between UF and PR. At any rate, it looks like a lot of fun and it’s currently on my wish list of novels I want to get my hands on.

2. Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern– I actually came across this one recently at the library. I love books that include letters, emails, etc. throughout the book so I was immediately excited about that. This one seems perfect for the pool or on the beach. Fairly light, full of eventual romance, etc.

3. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell– I think this one deals with some heavy issues, but it also seems like a wonderful story of first love. I also like the geeky references throughout. Eleanor and Park has been on my wish list since before it was even released, I believe, so I need to get to it this summer!

4. Scarlett Dedd by Cathy Brett– I just recently read Cathy Brett’s novel Ember Fury and while aspects of it confused me a bit, it was highly enjoyable and quite unique. I loved the illustrations from Brett throughout as well. It added a lot to the story. Therefore, I’m now eager to check out more from this author and Scarlett Dedd seems like a lot of fun!

5. French Milk by Lucy Knisley – Having just read/reviewed Relish by Knisley, I’m curious to check out some of her other work (and it helps me with my quest to read more graphic books). French Milk is all about Lucy’s trip to Paris and while I’ve never been there, my sister has, and I think both of us would find a lot to enjoy in this one.

6. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger– I loved Kody’s debut, The Duff, and now I need to get caught up on all her other releases. I think this one would be perfect for the pool (the title screams summer after all). Even with tougher issues addressed, I think I’ll enjoy this one just as much as The Duff (which I also read in the pool).

7. Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz– This one takes place over four different summers – so definitely something that would be suitable to read when it’s actually summer outside. It’s also another novel I’ve been wanting to read for a long time.

8. The Rock Star in Seat 3A by Jill Kargman– I actually wish I was flying somewhere this summer, as this would be a perfect airplane read. Regardless, it sounds like a lot of fun and with a huge dose of humor…which I LOVE!

9. Missed Connections: Love, Lost and Found by Sophie Blackall – According to Amazon, “Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories” – as far as I can tell, this book is full of “missed connections” that people post about online and Sophie Blackall came in and illustrated a bunch of them for the novel. It’s another book that’s been on my list of things to read for awhile now, and summer seems like a good time to check it out!

10. I Hate You, Kelly Donahue by Mark Svartz– This is another book that seems to be full of emails, IM’s, post-its, etc…which I know doesn’t work for everyone, but I love those type of books. It has one crazy premise but I think it sounds quite humorous and we could all use a good laugh while soaking in the sun!

17 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read This Summer

  1. You simply MUST read Invincible Summer. I also really loved A Midsummer's Nightmare! I have Eleanor & Park on my list for the summer too. Great picks and Happy Reading!

  2. I really want to read more of Keplinger's books too, I haven't read The Duff yet, which has been sitting on my shelf for ages, but it's good to know that you enjoyed it. A lot of these books you've mentioned I've not heard of before, but they sound really interesting. I hope you get to read a lot of these over the Summer!

  3. I absolutely loved Eleanor & Park and Invincible Summer, I hope you enjoy them! The rest of this list is new to me, so I'm definitely going to check them out. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Aaah I've heard some awesome things about Keplinger's books, so they're on my list for the Summer hols as well! I'm also gonna read some Shakespeare, in preparation for next year. I'm actually pretty excited! Lovely list, Lauren! Hope you enjoy all the books mentioned. <3

  5. I have yet to read a book by Keplinger, but I've heard great things. After reading Fangirl and not enjoying it I'm not sure If I'll be picking up E & P, I don't think Rowell's books are for me. Who know, though. I could change my mind. 🙂

  6. I've heard good things about Eleanor and Park, same for Kody Keplinger's novels and Hannah Moskowitz. I hope you're able to get to all of these books!

  7. I can't believe I haven't heard of even one of these books! I think I'm most intrigued by "Missed Connections," I'm going to see if I can get it on my hubby's Kindle.

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