Top Ten Tuesday (6): Top Ten Books on My TBR for Summer 2015

June 15, 2015 Layla, Top Ten Tuesday 56

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books on My TBR for Summer 2015” and we’re happy to be participating!


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What I’m Going to Read This Summer (In Addition to Research, I Promise)


1. The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

This has been on my TBR list forever, basically, but it’s FINALLY happening, you guys. Why do I want to read this? Um, Wendy loved it, I love Sarah Waters’s other books, and I hear there are ladies being gay together. Also, some of my friends have had mixed feelings about it, so if I read it, I can finally talk about it with them. And that is all I ever need from life. Thankfully, the queer book club I belong to just chose this for July’s meeting, so I will actually read that book that I’ve been meaning to read for months AND get to discuss it. Woot.

2. Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

This also fits into the “Wendy loved it so I must read this immediately” category, and fortunately enough, I picked up a copy on the last day of BEA. I wouldn’t say that I am generally into contemporaries, but forbidden love (or, at least, super difficult love) is a thing I have been into every since I was a baby!Layla reading Harry Potter fanfiction in high school (cough cough, former Snape/Hermione shipper here).

3. Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Another one I picked up at BEA! I’d seen a lot about this one on other folks’ blogs before heading to BEA, and wanted a copy of it because I was really intrigued by the narrative structure of the book (i.e., I hear that narrative unfolds through emails, medical documents, and other evidence, and, um, say no more. My interest is piqued!)

4. Scarlet – A. C. Gaughen

This one’s on my list because (1) the last book just came out, so I do not have to worry about waiting for sequels and (2) I have heard so many strong feels about it! If you are, like me, a slowpoke who hasn’t read this one, know that the premise is as follows: what if Will Scarlet, Robin Hood’s buddy, was a woman in disguise? I have convinced one of my BFFs here to read this with me, so this too shall actually get read as a result.

5. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

I have had a copy of this FOREVER and I want to read it because cyborgs + Cinderella? I am down.


6. The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

As you may remember, I loved (love loved) Mathieu’s most recent book, Devoted, so I’m trying to get my hands on her first book, The Truth About Alice. The subject matter – slut-shaming in high school – is normally something I’d approach with caution, but I really trust Mathieu to handle it well after reading Devoted.

7. Lizard Radio – Pat Schmatz

All I know about this book is that it is science fiction with a genderqueer protagonist. And that is all I needed to know in order to read this. (Also, Kim sent me her copy because she is a kind human. Thank you, Kim!)

8. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, 1932 – Francine Prose

A friend recommended this recently and I really want to read it. It’s historical fiction, set in Paris from the 1920s through WWII. It was apparently inspired by a photograph of two women, one cross-dressed, and loosely based around the life of Violette Morris, one of the individuals featured in the photograph. Historical fiction with queer characters is my jam. I will read pretty much anything that focuses on gender and sexuality and seems interesting. That said …

9. Revolutionary – Alex Myers

… I also want to read this book! This has been on my TBR list for months so guess what, it’s finally happening this summer. It’s about a woman who cross-dresses to join the army during the Revolutionary War. Historical fiction about colonial America! How can I pass it up?

10. The Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

TIME TRAVEL TO THE 14th CENTURY. Yes yes yes. I hear there is plague?

The Bonus Jonas: To Kill A Mockingbird  … because we’re reading it for this month’s readalong discussion!


So that’s my Top Ten TBR list for the summer! I know it’s kind of a hodgepodge of books, and that I’ve probably missed at least a dozen other things I really really want to read. What about you? What’s on your list?

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56 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (6): Top Ten Books on My TBR for Summer 2015”

  1. Allison R

    I loved Cinder (the audiobook was excellent) but wasn’t a fan of The truth about Alice.

  2. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    Everything, Everything was incredibly good. Wendy is definitely right (but when isn’t she?) ;) I just binge read the whole Scarlet series too.. I find myself in that sad black sheep category though. Hope you enjoy it though! *gasp* You haven’t read Cinder!? I only recently read it, but it’s so good. So fun. The Doomsday Book is such a me book it’s not even funny. Why I have yet to read it is beyond me.
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  3. Maryssa L

    I recently read Everything, Everything and it was amazing!! I loved it so much it was such a lovely read (: my TBR currently consists of Saint Anything, The Wrath and the Dawn, None of the Above, and Fangirl. I like to do short-term TBRs so I don’t get overwhelmed with all the books I want to read but I may have to expand it to include Cinder because it sounds so wonderful!

  4. Holly J

    Loved, loved, loved both Cinder and The Truth About Alice! For that one, I especially thought Jennifer handled the subjects of bullying and slut-shaming well. It was a really powerful novel, and so was Devoted. I definitely can’t wait to see what else this woman has in store for us. I can’t wait to hear what you think of both of these! :) I myself am excited to read Everything Everything and Illuminae! I’ve heard such amazing things about them.
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  5. Valerie

    Oh man you must read Cinder! YOU’RE LIKE ONE OF THE ONLY PEOPLE TO HAVE NOT HAVE READ IT hahahhaha :) Just kidding take your time (do not take your time). On another note, I’m also looking forward to Everything, Everything and Illuminae :)
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  6. J. Oh

    Awesome! I love the Lunar Chronicles and really enjoyed Gaughen’s Scarlet books, too (even though it took some time for me to get into them at first–mostly Scarlet’s way of talking that jarred me at first). I hope you really like them!

    There are so many books I’m working through, but just a few I’m really looking forward to: also looking forward to Everything Everything, An Ember in the Ashes, Devoted… And I’m not always a big fan of contemporary, but after reading an extended sample on PulseIt, I also want to read Gina Ciocca’s debut, Last Year’s Mistake.

  7. Carina Olsen

    Yay :D Stunning list Layla. <3 I hope you will be able to read all of these gorgeous looking books this summer :) Ugh, Illuminae. <3 I LOVED IT SO MUCH. You better love it too, lol :D And YAY! CINDER! Such a peeeeerfect series. I must know what you think of this book :) Happy reading sweetie. <3
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    • Layla

      Ahhhh, I’m so excited for that one. I love Mathieu’s writing SO MUCH. (It’s a nice treat when you discover a new author and there’s a back catalog, no matter how tiny! :))

      I’ve only heard good things about Everything, Everything, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Saving it for when I need a cute read.

  8. Nikki

    Everything Everything, The Truth About Alice, and Cinder are all on my TBR pile for this year too!

    • Layla

      YESSSS. The only one I’ve read so far is Cinder, and it was good? Not great, but good. I’ll probably give at least the next book in the series a shot to see where things go.

  9. Brenda

    Summer is usually trying to catch up on the TBR list for me, although I still pick up books that just grab at me. I like the mixture on your list. Cinder is a book that I’ve been curious about and well those covers. I’ll keep an eye at for your review. I have my To Kill a Mockingbird and will be starting that later today, hope I’ll be ready for the chat on Friday.
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    • Layla

      Haha, I’ve gotten through … one! maybe two! books on this list so far. And yes, I’m also very much someone who picks up things to read on a whim (and not because of where they are on my TBR list, because sometimes you just don’t feel like reading a given genre). I tend to go through phases where I only want to read romance novels and that’s it.

      So, Cinder: it’s okay. Not bad, but not super great, either. The covers are really beautiful! And I hear the next books in the series are better. But this one felt very much like a debut novel to me – some of the plotting felt off (things were either super obvious or just … didn’t make sense to me). But the world is really cool, so even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book, I’m interested in seeing her play around in this world some more.

    • Layla

      Haha, yesssss. I have Doomsday Book out from the library – my only goal is to finish it before the library wants it back. (Noooo, don’t take my books from meeeeee.) I’m really excited about it – there have been a few folks here who’ve read it too, which is great.

  10. Anne @ Lovely Literature

    Cinder is not my favorite of the Lunar Chronicle series, but I want you to read it so you can get on with the rest of them! And I’m reading Illuminae right now — mostly I am just appreciating all the effort it took to make the book. It is crazy how much detail they had to consider when making the story.
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    • Layla

      I just read Cinder yesterday (and I’m glad to hear you say that because while I thought it was okay, I also found it a tiny bit predictable and there were some things that just didn’t make sense to me, plot-wise. Good though! So I’m hoping the next ones are better, which … it sounds like they are.)

      YEAH I KNOW (re: Illuminae). I wonder how many walls of post-it notes went into making that book. How are you liking it so far?
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      • Anne @ Lovely Literature

        It actually took me awhile to get to Scarlet because Cinder was so predictable that it ended up being just okay for me. So, here’s hoping Scarlet is better — it felt more fast-paced too and I just liked the character more.

        And I am only about 120 pages in, and it is okay. I see that everyone has given it five stars so there must be something crazy about to happen because so far it seems pretty ordinary other than the presentation style. Hopefully famous last words…
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    • Layla

      Yeah, I just made plans to read that one with a friend! (Because friend book-clubs are the best!) I know lots of folks liked it, and I’ve been trying to avoid reading people’s reviews of Lion Heart so I don’t spoil myself, but it’s haaaard.

      YES I KNOW. I’m really excited to read it (but also intimidated by the size and the mental energy I suspect it will require). ;)
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    • Layla

      Haha GUESS WHO JUST READ CINDER? This kid! I read it yesterday and it was good. I’m cautiously excited to see where the next books go – since Cinder was her debut, I’m looking forward to see how she develops as a writer through the next books. I liked the world a lot and liked Cinder a lot. Weee!

      Oh, good job, Pili! I haven’t gotten to it, as you can see. I actually haven’t touched much from that pile – I had some library books to get through first. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Illuminae though! How are you doing, btw? How’s the new place going? :)
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      • Pili @ In Love With Handmade

        The new place is going well, slowly but well! I won’t be able to move till next month when all the furniture (at least the kitchen) will be here! But I have everything painted, soon I’ll have the wallpaper for the dinning room and I have a bed!! Yesterday I went to IKEA and grabbed shelves for my library room too!! =D
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  11. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    The Paying Guests is one I have had my eye on but haven’t been in the mood to read it. Everything Everything is one I hope to get to soon. I hadn’t heard of The Truth About Alice but seem slike it could be an interesting read – Great list and hope you enjoy!
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    • Layla

      I’ve been wanting to read The Paying Guests but have wanted to have enough time to appreciate it. Waters is one of my favorite writers, so I’ve been kind of wanting to take my time with it. But … it’s been enough time, and I need to read it for book club. I loved her last book and am curious about this one – so many of my friends seem to have drastically different feels.

      Everything, Everything looks soooo good. I’m excited for it. Eeee!
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    • Layla

      I know. The ARC is so pretty! I’m a little intimidated by it. I haven’t started it yet, but I hope I get to soon. It was one of the books I was most excited to pick up at BEA this year.

      The Truth About Alice JUST came in at the library for me, so I’ll get to start it in the near-ish future. Contemporaries aren’t always my fave – unless they are about LGBTQ-identified teens in which case I am totally there – so we’ll see. I have some reservations but I really trust Mathieu – I loved Devoted and think she’s great and very thoughtful.
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    • Layla

      Ooh, I am even more excited to read it now, then. I hope I can get to it before the library demands its return. I don’t think I’d heard of it until Kim alerted me to it – I think that’s how I came to it.

      Me too! I just picked up my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird a few days ago. Now to actually start re-reading it. Yikes. :)
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  12. Linda

    I hope you enjoy your summer reading! I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles series by Merissa Meyer and I hope you do too :) Happy reading!!!

  13. Rachel Patrick

    I thought SCARLET was so good, but both sequels fell just a little short for me–especially LION HEART–and that bums me out. As for the Lunar Chronicles, CRESS is by far the BEST of the series so far and oh my gosh I can’t wait for WINTER. And I’ve heard really interesting–and good–things about EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING.
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    • Layla

      Well, we’ll see what happens. I’m excited to read Scarlet at some point this summer – though it’s good to go in with some caution if you were disappointed in the sequels. And hah, I just knocked out Cinder today, so … I am on track and that’s exciting. It was okay. But it sounds like you think the series improves, which is all to the good in my mind.

      I KNOW. I’m excited for that. Wendy loved it and that is all I need to know. :)
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    • Layla

      I know, most of the folks who’ve read Everything, Everything seem to have really loved it, and I feel very lucky to have gotten my hands on a copy during BEA.

      RIGHT, that is a trope I really love as well. (It is one of the reasons I was such a big fan of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet when I was a kid. And I still really like romance novels where this happens, i.e., Elizabeth Essex’s Almost a Scandal.)
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    • Layla

      I know, it’s been years since I read To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m so glad that we’re doing it for our readalong this month! I actually don’t remember anything about it except the cover and some character names.

      If you read anything from here, let me know what you thought! Hopefully, I’ll have gotten to it too before the summer’s end and we can compare notes. :)
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