25 Books on My Summer TBR

Back in March, I shared 20 books I was planning to read this spring. I was looking at my list this week and am happy to share my progress: I read 12 books, DNFed five books, moved two books to my Summer TBR due to a release date change (one re-read + the new sequel), and only have one  uncompleted book. Not too bad! 

Since it was such a success, I decided to make one for summer. It was this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic, but I'm a few days late. Oh well, since I definitely didn't stick to 10 either... I normally use this TTT topic to pair books + summer bags, one of my favorite posts every year, but that's in the works for next week instead.


1. What You Wish For by Katherine Center (July 14) – While none of Center's recent releases have come close to my love for Happiness for Beginners, they've all been enjoyable. I'm looking forward to this one!

2. Majesty by Katharine McGee (September 1) – I have let out a delighted squeal when I was approved for this on NetGalley. I loved the first so much, and I can't wait to see what happens next after that cliffhanger ending.

3. The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (June 9) – Estelle was kind enough to send a copy of this my way, and I was delighted since I didn't get it as my May Book of the Month pick. It sounds like so much fun!


4. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – I saw this at the used bookstore and couldn't resist because of the hype. The idea of a memoir about a therapist, her patients, and her own therapist intrigued me.

5. How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo – If I see a book about reading with your child, chances are I'm going to read it. I love the illustrations and the way its sectioned, so I hope it lives up to my expectations.

6. All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth – My mom gifted me a copy of this memoir, and I've been meaning to read it for years. It's on my 10 to read in 20 list, so that's part of how I'm motivating myself to finally dive in.


7. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – I loved Bennett's debut, The Mothers, and have been eagerly awaiting a new release from her. You can imagine my delight when it was an option for Book of the Month in June!

8. The Last Train to Key West by Chanel Cleeton – Next Year in Havana was one of my favorite reads of 2018, but I found When We Left Cuba a little disappointing. I'm hoping this one will restore my obsession.

9. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai – I don't really know much about this book, but I was immediately drawn to the cover and then sold on the summary. I can't tell if it's truly hate-to-love, but I'm hoping...

10. Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho – Another cover buy, I can't lie! The idea of Bridget Jones' Diary + Crazy Rich Asians was too good to resist. Everything about it sounds like something I'll love, and I can't wait to read it.

11. Miss Austen by Gill Hornby – I was on the fence about reading this book until I saw the UK cover. And then, I had to buy it. My summer TBR is more contemporary-focused, so this will be a nice change of pace.

12. The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – I've been looking forward to this book for a while! It's now eerily relevant, too, since the Jane Austen House was just fundraising due to being closed for COVID.

13. Anna K by Jenny Lee – Anna Karenina was one of my favorite high school reads, and I've never read a retelling. Add Gossip Girl vibes and an irresistible cover, and I'm sold. I hope I remember the original enough to appreciate it.

14. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Circe was one of my favorite reads last year, so I had to read Miller's other Greek mythology retelling. Kelly wasn't a huge fan, however, which makes me nervous.

15. The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey – The summary reminded me a little bit of A Man Called Ove, so I decided to treat myself to this recent release. Older, curmudgeonly characters might be some of my faves.

16. By the Book by Amanda Sellet – Once again, I was first drawn to this book because of the adorable cover. But once I saw that it was about a YA heroine who loves classic novels, I knew I had to give it a try.

17. Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner – I added this to my BOTM box in June on a whim, and it will be the first book I've read by Weiner. I liked that it explores female friendship, and I hear there's a mystery element, too.


18. Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers – I adored this extension of LaFever's His Fair Assassin series and am excited for the duology's conclusion. This is one of the books I had on my spring TBR and just moved to summer!

19. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This was such a great surprise last year, a long book that I devoured in one afternoon. I can't wait to re-read via audio in anticipation of the second book's release in September.

20. American Royals by Katharine McGee – I already mentioned the sequel, Majesty, earlier in my list, so it's a given that I had to re-read this one first. I bought the audio a few months ago, and it's ready for me to hit play!


21. The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi (August 11) – I love the Lazy Genius podcast (even though I'm rarely currently and simultaneously trying to listen to older episodes I've missed) and am so excited for her book!

22. The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty (June 30) – Reading the second book earlier this spring made me so hyped for this finale! This series has slowly won me over, and I can't wait to see how it all concludes.

23. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan (June 30) – I loved the Crazy Rich Asians series enough to pre-order this book. While working on this post, I learned it's a retelling of A Room with a View so now I'm even more excited!

24. Igniting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (August 4) – I'm excited to see how this duology concludes! I think this was originally scheduled for a June release and was changed to August, and it can't get here soon enough.

25. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (September 1) – Although I wish this had stayed a duology, I'm still excited to see where it goes next. And I think this will be the perfect read to help me transition into fall.

What are you hoping to read this summer?

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