Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer TBR




Yay! FINALLY, I’m doing a Top Ten Tuesday post. It’s been ages, but it feels good to be getting back into the swing of things. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely gals over at The Broke and The Bookish, and the topic this week is Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List. I’m practically bubbling in excitement, because I’ve been re-reading the Outlander series since March, and while I absolutely love it, I’m glad I’ll be done soon so I can get back to other reading. Let’s see what we got:


1. Last God Standing by Michael Boatman – I picked this up on a whim ages ago, browsing around Barnes and Noble. Apparently God decides to quit and come down to Earth, to see what all the fuss is about and to make it as a stand-up comedian. I feel like only good things can come from this.

2. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor – Another random buy from B&N. In post-apocalyptic Africa, a child is born out of a violent rape, and named Onyesonwu – “who fears death?” The girl grows to discover abilities… and stuff happens. I don’t know, because I haven’t read it yet. But this sounds really good, and really heartbreaking.

3. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall – I know, a running book. It’s about a group of people who can run MILES, like so many MILES, without stopping, and it got really great reviews, and whatever. I like/miss running.

4. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King – I got this book in the BookRiot Quarterly box! I’m psyched to read it. I’ve heard good things, and it should be a quick YA read.

5. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Man I’d love to learn how to pronounce this author’s name… anyways, I’ve been excited to read this for a while. It’s about race, and love, and I’m sure a bunch of other things. I have high hopes for this one.

6. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler – The title of this one weirds me out, but I like Chelsea Handler and I felt like this pile needed some more comedy.

7. Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – The new SAA! I like her books, they’re awesome magical realism.

8. The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – !!!! I’ve been ITCHING to read this for months. I bought it basically as soon as it came out, and I’ve just biding my time, waiting for work and everything to calm down so I can focus and enjoy it.

9. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – So, I’ve heard of this book on the BookRiot podcast. I was browsing around the library’s used bookstore the other day, and it was only $2, so I grabbed it. I posted a pic on Instagram of the library haul, and this book got the MOST comments, despite all the other awesome things in that pile. Clearly, this needs to be read sooner rather than later.

10. Written in My Heart’s Own Blood by Diana GabaldonOutlander #8! I HAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS. I just have to finish re-reading An Echo in the Bone, so I should be starting this beauty by the end of the week.


Oh, and in addition to all this, I plan on continuing on with the Manhattan Projects series and Y: The Last Man series – I’m addicted to graphic novels lately. Now, what are you planning to read this summer? Give me more ideas!





  1. Super excited to see you back AND to see that you have Americanah and The Sparrow in your pile! Love them both.


  2. Excited to see you blogging again! This looks like a very interesting stack of books. I hope you enjoy them and get to read them all!

    Yay for the new Outlander book. I know how excited you are about it. I’m interested to see what you think about it when you finish.


  3. I’ve only read the first book in the Outlander series (*dodges tomatoes*) but I really liked that one! Did you know that series is in the process of being made into a TV show? The Sparrow is one of my all time favorite reads. I hope you enjoy that one! Americanah has been highly recommended to me before, but I haven’t read it yet! I’ll get on that soon. Happy reading! 🙂


  4. Great variety on your list! I borrowed The Sparrow from a friend a few YEARS ago, and I hear about it on the Book Riot podcast, and every time I see it on the shelf I feel a little pang of guilt. So, basically, I should just read it.


  5. Y: The Last Man is a good choice. You will not be disappointed in that choice. I also strongly support reading Americanah — such a good book.

    Re: Adichie’s name, I am pretty sure that the correct pronunciation is chim-uh-MAHND-uh en-GOHZ-ee ah-DEE-chee-ay (where the chee-ay is halfway between being separate syllables and being a diphthong). I think that is the correct way.


  6. Sarah!!! Yaaaaaaaaaaay! I just finished MOBY and, well. We are going to need to talk when you’re done. I won’t spoiler you in any way. Except to tell you I LOVED IT. That’s not a spoiler, really. It does some great things incorporating the novellas. Gorgeousness.


  7. Oooh, I bought Born To Run the other week! Hopefully you’ll love it so much and tell me and then I’ll read it 🙂 (or, like, I could just read it for myself, but this way is more fun 🙂


  8. I read Revenant Road by Michael Boatman a while back. While it wasn’t really my thing, it was very imaginative in a twisted sort of way.

    Also, Lost Lake has been on my list for ages. I had it out from my library but had to return it unread, and haven’t gotten back around to it yet.


  9. Last God Standing sounds like my kind of book & Who Fears Death instantly went on me To Read list (though you’re right, it does sound heart-breaking!)

    I REALLY want to read Americanah & I recently got into magical realism (The House of the End of Hope Street – so. good.), so Lost Lake is DEF one I’m looking forward to.

    I’m becoming more and more convinced I need to sign up for that Quarterly box. Each time someone shows off what they got I kick myself a little bit. I’ve heard FANTASTIC things about that book. The only one I’ve read of hers was Reality Boy and it was great!


    1. I started Americanah last night, and I’m only 1 chapter in, but it seems like one of those books that you just instantly know is going to be fantastic.

      I’ve been hearing so much about A.S. King! I’m psyched to know have something pushing me to try one of hers. Dooooo it Leah, sign up for the Quarterly box! Okay so $50 a quarter is kind of a lot, but you really do get your money’s worth.


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