My Summer TBR

There are quite a few books I’m hoping to get to this summer. I tried to aim for books that I thought I might especially enjoy reading outside, because I’m going to try to do that more this year.


  • The Fireman by Joe Hill – I’ve liked every Joe Hill novel I’ve read, so I’m really looking forward to this.
  • Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean – I saw this recently on a Book Riot article about fat girls in romance, which is super rare in historical romance so it’s already waiting for me on my Kindle.
  • Awakening by Rebel Miller – Sci-fi romance!
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward – I’ve had this on my Kindle for a long time, and I’ve heard that it’s been optioned for a movie. It’d be nice to be ahead of the curve on that.
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari  – Blame Bill Gates, his whole list of summer reading recs sounds awesome and this is on there –
  • Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart – I feel like I’ve seen this book EVERYWHERE. It better be good damn it.
  • The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan – I think this is a novel about the lives of people who are affected when a small bomb goes off, “only” killing a few people. Very intrigued.
  • Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates – I’m surprised my library had this, honestly, and I’ve had it on my wishlist for AGES. If you don’t check out the #everydaysexism hashtag on Twitter, you really should.
  • An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie – Travel memoirs are a summer thing, right? Got this in the last Book Riot Quarterly box, so seems a good time to give it a whirl.
  • I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself by Jen Kirkman – I like Jen Kirkman. That is all.
  • The Hike by Drew Magary – I really liked the author’s last novel, The Postmortal, and I’ve been waiting a couple years for something new from him so I’m pretty psyched about this new release.
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba – Been in my TBR pile for ages now, and it’s about wind-powered electricity, so I bet reading outside will do the trick.
  • COMICS – I want to take a big stack of comics like Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, and Birthright out to the park to read in the grass. And maybe Fables too.


What books are you excited to read this summer?




  1. I’m excited to get down a lot of my TBR books on my shelves. Including, finally finishing A Little Life, Shade Me, and Quiet: the secret power of introverts. Hopefully I’ll have s productive reading summer!


  2. This has made me realize that maybe i should come up with a summer reading list. Everyday Sexism was a tough book for me because everything about it was so depressingly true. But a very important read. Good luck!


  3. So, so, so many books I’m excited to read this summer. I could just take a picture of my stack of library books right now and that would be the books I’m currently maximally excited about. I’ve got this comic book that’s a racebent Sherlock and Holmes in 1920s Harlem. Plus some Black Widow comics and I’m doing a buddy read of some super old Iron Man comics, which is going to be great, and there’s this novel about colonial Cameroon that was so good in the first three chapters that I hid it under my bed to prevent it from disappointing me.


    1. I’m reading a book called The Fire Next Time that’s edited/put together by Jesmyn Ward but has many contributers, I think it comes out in August. It’s really good, feeling lots of emotions.


  4. Awesome list! I had no idea there was a new Drew Magary coming, I also loved Postmortal and keep looking for a new book by him so thanks for sharing! I’m going to go look it up now! 😀


  5. Sapiens is really good. It gives you a lot to think about! I REALLY want to read Everyday Sexism and The Association of Small Bombs. I can’t wait to spend time reading outside – although I tend to choose way less serious fare this time of year.


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