Friday, May 13, 2016

My Summer To-Read List

My TBR pile is as insanely long as ever.  Does picking what book to read next stress you out?  Sometimes it stresses me out because I know each time I pick up a new book it means another book won't be read (I only have so much time I can devote to reading) and I am afraid of missing out on something amazing.  Usually I'm pretty good at dismissing that fear and just getting down to the business of reading, but now that my reading time has severely diminished I feel that pressure to make good choices and read only the books that I'm really, really interested in.  Here are a few books that made it to the very top of the pile, and why:

I devoured The Queen of the Tearling (book 1) this past January, and have been badly wanting to return to this world.  I'm worried that I've already begun to forget details, so I want to hurry and read this one before too much more time goes by.

It's the final book in the trilogy.  I'm only lukewarm about this trilogy, but I need closure, and I really, really need to return the box set to my brother-in-law.  (SORRY.)

It's a new Moriarty book, ergo I will be reading it immediately upon its release on July 26th.  Fact: I have a google calendar marked specifically for book releases precisely for books like this.  I am ashamed of nothing.

It seems like most people usually have many Thoughts and Opinions on Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, but I'm actually not all that opinionated about it.  I read it, mostly enjoyed it, and then moved on.  I have enough positive feelings about it to give this book a shot, though.  Plus that cover is pretty.  The many favorable reviews don't hurt either.

Another Chima series set in her Seven Realms world a generation after Han and Raisa's epic story?  GIMME.

I have a few friends who basically double as my bookish overlords - they command me to read something, and I read it immediately.  This book landed on my list from such a friend, so obviously I need to read it pronto.  That being said, I had requested the ebook via my Salt Lake library card, and my card got cancelled after we moved and before I could read it.  So I need to find another way to get my hands on it.  (There is only one library where I now live, and I have not been overwhelmed by its selection.  I am trying not to have a massive crisis over this fact.)

The sequel to The Wrath & The Dawn, which I loooooooved, is now available!  I am really excited about this one, but I need a refresh on the story before I jump in.

Sarah J. Maas is up there with Liane Moriarty and Rainbow Rowell on my list of auto-read authors.  I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so, so much (I gave it 5 stars) and am way jazzed to return to this world.

This one looks really thought-provoking.  I choose my non-fiction even more selectively than my fiction, but this book is just begging to be read.

Everything about this book appeals to me.  Sometimes you just need to laugh in order to get through the muck, right?  Plus, that raccoon is killing me.

Have you read any of these?  What did you think?  What else are you reading this summer?  What should I add to my list?  Give me your recommendations!

10 comments:

  1. The cover of Furiously Happy made me smile! Looks like a fun list! I hope you enjoy all these.

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    1. Thanks! Furiously Happy does look fun, doesn't it?

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  2. Do you think I need to read Chima's other books before I read Flamecaster? I know you haven't read it, but since it takes place after her other books I'm just wondering. I've wanted to read her other books for years. I just haven't got around to them.

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    1. I would recommend reading the Seven Realms series just because it's awesome and I loved it. I'll have to get back to you on whether it's required reading before this book once I read it. But I'd definitely recommend that other series based on the awesomeness factor alone. :)

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  3. These all look so great! I didn't know about the new Moriarty book. Thanks for letting me know. I'll be all over that! It makes me blissfully happy that I have more of her books to read.

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    1. For real! I've almost finished reading all her other work and it kills me that I won't have a fresh Moriarty book on the ready whenever I need one. Good thing she writes fast, right?

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  4. Furiously Happy is SO good, but it's also very raw and honest in regards to mental illness. To those who haven't experienced depression/anxiety, it might be startling and even scary, but for those who have gone through that gauntlet, it's soooo refreshingly honest and real.

    I am so excited for that new Moriarty book that I might squeal. Seriously. Let's read it and then chat about it.

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    1. Well you just made me want to read Furiously Happy even more. Sounds like the perfect book for me right now. And, YES, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEW MORIARTY BOOK EITHER. *squeals*

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  5. The fact that The Name of the Wind is on this list obviously makes me deliriously happy. I would also like to recommend that you change my nickname from chief to overlord. Has a nice ring to it.

    And I also have July 26th marked for Moriarty's new one. Halla.

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    1. I actually requested The Name of the Wind like two months ago (for the second time) and I'm next in line at the library! So it shouldn't be too much longer, hopefully.

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