I don’t usually set myself a TBR for an entire season, but I’ve been inspired, thanks to a rather massive rest-of-year-TBR, and several booktubers making videos, so without further ado, let’s get into my first ever Summer TBR!
Disclaimer: All of these are sci-fi and fantasy, I’m not a contemporary kind of girl or a reader of ‘summery books,’ so this is basically just a list of ‘lighter’ books in my possession which count as Summer reads for me.
- This book has been on my shelf for so long I actually had forgotten it was even there. It was only when I saw a trailer for the movie adaption, that I suddenly remembered that I owned this book. It’s described as X-Men meets The Hunger Games, and as a massive X-Men fan, I cannot put this off for any longer!
- Masque is Beauty And The Beast meets a murder mystery and has been sitting on my Kindle for at least a year, gathering digital dust. Now, I want to change that. I’ve got so many retellings to read, but this one is being prioritised because there’s something in the synopsis that just says ‘Summer’ to me. Maybe it’s the ballroom setting, maybe it’s because I associate Beauty And The Beast with Summer, despite the castle’s snowy setting. Either way, this is very high up my list of Summer reads.
- I will eventually shut up about wanting to read The Beast’s Heart, but today is not that day. I’ve waited years to read this book, and now that I finally own it, I’m not going to put it off for much longer. I physically can’t. I love Beauty And The Beast, and this is the classic story, told from the Beast’s point of view, how can I possibly put off reading this for much longer?
- Keeping with the fairy tale theme, I also want to give Language Of Thorns a go. I loved the Six Of Crows duology, recently finished Crooked Kingdom in fact. I loved both, and while I’m not entirely endeared towards the Grisha trilogy, I still want more from this world. What better way than to read the fairy tales the characters grew up with? Also, this is a really nice, short book under 300 pages long, which will make for a nice break from the tomes I’ve been reading recently for Tome Topple.
- I’ll also eventually shut up about Skulduggery Pleasant and wanting to continue the series, but really, I won’t until I get round to finishing it. Or at least catching up with the new releases and spin-offs. I last picked up a Skulduggery book in October, and it left things on a frankly huge cliffhanger and started introducing a new story for Valkyrie. I need to continue, to find out how she saves Skulduggery, and her journey into becoming a necromancer.
- Supervillains, antiheroes, and murder. Yes, perfect Summer read, right? Probably not for most, but for me, it sounds perfect. I’ve owned Vicious for too long without reading it, and with Vengeful coming out, and the Illumicrate Magic And Mayhem box on pre-order, I am not waiting another year to get to this series. It’s getting it read this Summer, I swear it!
- Luckily for me, I’ve already read the first book in this series, The Lightning Thief, but the rest of the series hasn’t been picked up yet. I would have picked up Sea Of Monsters at the beginning of the month, but then I decided to take part in Tome Topple, so Percy had to be put on hold for a little while. After this week though, I’m free to continue his journey, so I’m getting back into this series. Originally, I was going to only read one book a month, but I’m starting to think that I would rather binge reading the entire thing, so, for now, I’m putting the last four books in the series in my Summer TBR. I’ll see how I go.
- I miss Westworld. It’s been two weeks or something since that explosive finale aired, and quite frankly, I miss the Western setting, the gunslinging, and just about everything to do with it. So what better way to ease that empty hole, than to read a book with a Western setting, featuring a gunslinging, badass girl?
- If you couldn’t tell by Vicious above, I’m a big fan of Victoria’s writing. I’m also a big fan of ghost stories and middle-grade novels. So quite frankly, this is the perfect book for me. I’m horrendously excited for it, so I’m ignoring the snowy setting entirely and reading it the day it comes out, probably still in the middle of this Summer heatwave. Ah well, who cares about setting when there’s a good story to read?
And that is currently my Summer TBR, I’ll probably not stick to this entirely, maybe add a few books on, take a few off depending on my mood. But currently, this is what I want to read throughout the rest of July, August, and September.
What have you guys got on your Summer TBR’s? Tell me down below in the comments!
So it’s the middle of the year, and this month’s theme across this blog and my booktube channel have been a reflection on this year’s reading. I’ve talked about my progress with my bookish new year’s resolutions, and done the mid-year book freak out tag:
I briefly mentioned a few books I want to get to by the end of the year, but I thought I’d mention a few more this week.
At the beginning of the year, I made a Goodreads list dedicated to the books I wanted to read in 2018. I’ve moved it around a lot, taken things off, put others on, but on the whole, I’ve stuck to it.
Yet, I haven’t actually gotten to several books I thought I’d have read by now. I’m frankly disappointed in myself, and I’m hoping that this blog post actually shames me into reading them, instead of buggering around with books that aren’t even on my list.
- Skulduggery Pleasant Dark Days/Mortal Coil – Derek Landy. I genuinely thought I’d have had these two (counted as one) read by now. The previous book, The Faceless Ones, left things on such a cliffhanger, I’m frankly shocked at myself for not picking up Dark Days at the very least by now. Admittedly, it was on this month’s TBR, but family issues made reading a book about necromancy feel a little inappropriate, so I put it off for another day. Next month is a little busy with Tome Topple, but I’m hoping to get to these during August. September at the latest… I swear.
- Masque – W. R. Gingell. I’m a big fan of Beauty And The Beast, and a huge fan of fairytale retellings, and this has been on my TBR since 2017. Yet I still haven’t picked it up. I’m blaming it on the fact that it’s on my kindle, and has been pushed down the list thanks to recent reads/purchases, so I keep on forgetting that it’s there. But the premise and the reviews say that this book is a must-read for BATB fans, I have to get onto it.
- The Jungle Books – Rudyard Kipling. I’ve never really cared for The Jungle Book, but then I watched the Disney remake while I was on holiday in May, and then saw the trailer for Andy Serkis’ motion-captured film. I was instantly fascinated by it, watching interviews and such to see where Andy got the dark twist on the story. Turns out that it comes directly from the books, which are dark, brutal and not as Disney-friendly as the classic film. So, I decided to see for myself just how dark the original story was, and bought the book. Yet, I haven’t actually gotten round to reading it this year. In my defense, I am actually planning on reading this closer to the time the film comes out in October/November time, so I’m not exactly behind on reading it… yet.
- Gunslinger Girl – Lyndsay Ely. I’m a massive Westworld fan, have loved it since the pilot, have come up with theories and everything for the show, so what better book to read, than a western featuring a badass woman, to get over the hole the show has left in my heart? Of course, the show only just finished this week, so the withdrawal hasn’t quite kicked in yet, but I know it will. I’m going to miss the Wild West, the guns, the shooting, I’m going to need a book to get me past that.
- Doctor Who: Time Lord Fairy Tales – Justin Richards. Yes, I’m a Whovian. A massively enthusiastic Whovian, who cries through regenerations and gets horrendously excited for a new season. And this season is no different. Possibly, I’m even more excited than usual. Because The Doctor is now played by Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor, and to say that I’m excited is the understatement of the century. I nearly cried the day she was announced, I sobbed through 12’s regeneration into her, and couldn’t stop crying for the rest of the day. This is huge for me, to see a woman, like me, taking control of the TARDIS, I’m still in disbelief that it’s going to happen. And sadly, there are currently no books featuring her Doctor for me to read. So what’s the next best thing? Time Lord Fairy Tales. A book dedicated to the fairy tales of Gallifrey, a cover featuring a TARDIS and a Cyberman. Sign me right up for some Time Lord reading, to call in a new Doctor!
And that is just my top 5, outside of the books I mentioned in the video above! There’s many more, including the rest of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, the Percy Jackon series by Rick Riordan, Vicious and Vengeful by V. E. Schwab, and so many more I can’t count!
To say the least, the rest of my year is going to be busy!
What are your top 5 books to finish by the end of the year? Tell me down in the comments!