My Summer TBR


I know summer has officially begun already and I’ve even spent a week at the seaside (which you probably realized if you’re following me on Instagram) but then I read Jolien’s post, in which she featured a number of great books she wants to get to this summer, and I thought I’d do something similar – both to keep myself from buying any more books (I own all but one of these already) and to remember I have fantastic reading to look forward to, even if I’ll be stuck in Ljubljana for most of July.

These are the books I’m hoping to read this summer (I’ll be crossing them off the list as I finish them):

  1. Half Wildhalf-wild-sally-green by Sally Green – this is one of those books that would otherwise languish on my bookshelf for a while. I got my copy from a friend and even though I’ve heard that this second part of the series isn’t as good as the first, the third is supposed to be fantastic.
  2. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano – I have a Slovenian translation of this one and it’s supposed to be very good. I have no idea what it’s about (if you know, don’t tell me) but my mom recommended it so it’s bound to be good. (read in August)
  3. Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis – this one isn’t out yet (four more days to go!!) but I have a preorder, because duh, it’s Shalvis. (read in June; unsurprisingly)
  4. Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout – this is the second part of Armentrout’s New Adult paranormal romance series, coming out in July. I’m buddy reading it with Danya and Becky because Armentrout’s paranormals are our weakness, and we’ll be reviewing it soon after. (read in August)
  5. Rebel of the Sandsrebel-of-the-sands-hamilton by Alwyn Hamilton – I bought this one on a whim because it had a gorgeous cover (I saw the paperback in a bookstore in Vienna) + Alicia recommended it. It’s been sitting on my shelf for three months now and I really need to get to it, even if it means starting a new series instead of continuing an old one.
  6. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison – I got this one because it’s a standalone and so many bloggers I trust have raved about it. The paperback I got is tiny compared to some of the fat fantasy tomes on our shelves. (read in July)
  7. Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier – as Daughter of the Forest was one of the best books I read in 2015, this is long overdue. I finally ordered a copy and will get to it soon. (read in July)
  8. And I Darken by Kiersten White – this is the only ARC on this list. It’s one of the few I requested in these past few months because I’m trying to be better at that (YAY for a 81% ratio on NetGalley!). I think this might be my next read since it comes out on June 28! (read in July)
  9. The Wrath and the Dawnwrath-and-dawn-renee-ahdieh by Renée Ahdieh – I picked up an e-book of this one when it was a Kindle deal, though I love the cover and it would look great on my shelves. Oh, well, I guess I can’t have everything… I also heard the second (and final) part is very, very good, so I’m intrigued!
  10. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – the only reread on this list so far. If you remember, DJ and I started a read-along of the entire series a while ago – I just managed to read Red Seas under Red Skies this past week (I’m waaay behind schedule). So we have two months to tackle The Republic before The Thorn of Emberlain is published in September!
  11. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – I’ve heard nothing but great things about this one + I have an e-book already, so it’s high time I read it, I think. (read in August)
  12. No Good Dragon Goes Unpunishedno-good-dragon-goes-unpunished-aaron by Rachel Aaron – okay, this is ARC #2 on my list. Did you see that? I GOT AN ARC of this one!! I was contacted by the author (or rather her husband) personally because I reviewed (and loved!!) Nice Dragons Finish Last and One Good Dragon Deserves Another. Woop! I am super excited to read what adventures await Julius and Marci (and other amazing dragons). (read in August)
  13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – ugh, the classics. I made some resolutions this year about reading more classics, so I’m putting dear old Jane on my list. It’s high time I read this story and the tiny, gorgeous edition with golden leaf edges is staring at me accusingly from my bookshelf (I moved it to a more visible position recently).

Well, I think this is quite ambitious. If I succeed in reading all of these, it’ll mean a significant dent in my general tbr pile and make me a very happy blogger indeed.


What will you be reading this summer?

Have you read any of these and should I make those books a priority?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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  • I am horrible with sticking with lists, but that’s because I know I am so easily distracted by good looking books and it’s always so hard for me to choose only so many titles! I wish you the best of luck though, and yay for having Rachel Aaron on the list! I was in touch with the author too about an ARC and I’m waiting on pins and needles because I opted for a later version :)

    • You know, I’ve never made a list like this, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to stick with it or not! :) I’ll do my best and then see if repeating a similar exercise for autumn will be a productive or not.

      You opted for a later version meaning it’s better edited? A finished copy, so to say? But yeah, I’m super excited about this one – and even more so because I was contacted by them, it’s the first time something like this has happened (that a favourite author contacted me). I know I sound like na newbie but I’m pretty happy about it. :D

      • When I talked to her she was just about to send the manuscript to the copy editor, so I said I didn’t mind waiting! :)

  • I can’t stick to reading lists either because I’m such a terrible mood reader…sigh. BUT I do want to read many of these soon(-ish) Ink and Bone, Rebel of the Sands, Goblin Emperor…plus I need to catch up with Half Bad and Lies of Locke Lamora! Happy reading my friend :)

    • Thanks, Micheline! :) I know, some of these got such great reviews, I don’t know why I haven’t read them yet, especially as I have them all already.
      I’m a mood reader, too, but I’ve never made such a TBR list – I wanted to give it a try and see what happens. If it fails miserably, I’ll know! :)

  • I loooooove The Goblin Emperor, just love it. It’s not for everyone, but I adore it.

    • I know, you’re one of “the bloggers I trust” who raves about it. :D I’ll get to it soon, promise.

  • Greg Hill

    Something about summer and reading… I love reading on vacation. And I’m always big on fantasy in the summer, for some reason. It’s nice to see the third No Good dragon book, I think I’m going to read those at some point. And Half Wild is new to me, but I love that cover- the green and black for some reason appeals to me. Hope it (and the rest) are a good read!

    • I like vacation reading, too. I like having a larger chunk of time to devote to reading each day, so I get immersed in the story and it really pulls me in, instead of just squeezing in ten minutes of reading here and there during my everyday routine.

      The Half books have gorgeous covers, all three of them. The last one was published recently and it’s supposed to be very good.

  • Awesome TBR list! I have heard great things about Rebel of the Sands and The Wrath and the Dawn, so hopefully I’ll get to them soon as well. I really want to read Son of the Shadows too after reading Daughter of the Forest, as I absolutely adored that book!
    I hope you enjoy these books! :)

    • Thanks, Laura! :) I heard great things about those two, as well, this is why I caved and bought them. I’m also incapable of resisting gorgous covers like these.

      I’ve heard that Son of the Shadows is even better than Daughter of the Forest! *squee*

  • I need to put The Republic of Thieves on my summer TBR too – when will the read-along for that be happening? That might be a fun way to read it! I also would like to try Jill Shalvis at some point – I’m not much of a contemporary romance reader but you speak of her so devotedly, I feel like she may be an exception. Where should I start?

    • Yeah, we have a very loose sort of plan for The Republic of Thieves – we haven’t set a date and it won’t be divided by weeks or chapters or anything (sorry), but you’re more than welcome to link your review to ours when you write it (I’ll let you know when we decide on a review date, probably in late August or early September? I have no idea how that will go down because my baby is due on Aug 25, though. :D ) and we’ll share it, of course.

      As for Shalvis – I’d either start with Animal Magnetism, which is a newer series, it has 6 books. If you like animals, that’s definitely the place to start. But most readers agree that her Lucky Harbor series (I think Simply Irresistible is the first book?) is her best – that’s older and has about 12 books, but you can mostly read them out of order. Give her a try and let me know what you think! :) It’s all small town romance, very nice.

  • You need to make The Goblin Emperor a priority! Because that is one of my favorite books ever :) And I wonder what book will be at the top of your Fall TBR…? ;)

    • Yeah, you’re one of the people who recommended The Goblin Emperor to me. :)

      And I have no idea what you’re talking about. There are certainly no books being published in September that I’ve been anticipating FOR YEARS!!!

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    I’m so excited you got an ARC for Heartstrikers #3! I just read book #1 which I really enjoyed, so I’m excited to see what you think of the third. I really have to get to the second one though. And I remember reading Son of Shadows years ago, and actually loving it more than the first book. I hope you’ll enjoy it (and thank you so much for crediting me!).

    • I hope the Heartstrikers book is good. I’m really, really excited to read it and I’m kind of afraid my expectations might be too high. *sigh*

      And you’re not the only one who said Son of the Shadows was even better than Daughter of the Forest! I can’t wait for it to arrive.

  • I love the idea of a TBR list of any kind. I’ve got a tower of books for mine. I figure if the tower of books stares me in the face every day I may feel guilted into reading them. It’s sort of working, but mostly with my library books. I’m excited to get reading Torn, though, reading with other people always forces me to read things and then we can talk about it because there is nothing better than hearing other people’s thought son a book. And I am so excited for Shalvis’s new book. I’ve not preordered it but I am planning to get it soon (I’ve actually requested a copy from the UK publisher so fingers crossed but I’ll probably pick it up at the end of next month otherwise).

    I strongly recommend Half Wild just so you can read Half Lost (honestly the second one is weaker than the first but it’s still a really good book). And Rebel of the Sands and The Wrath and the Dawn were both good reads too so I can’t wait to see what you think of them both.

    I hope you’re successful in conquering your books to read this summer. I may end up reading plenty simply because it won’t stop raining here! We had one week of sun and my summer seems to be over.

    • Shalvis’s book is published TOMORROW and I think I know how I’ll be spending my Tuesday afternoon, thank you very much. :) And yeah, Torn will be a perfect summer read, I think.

      I know about Half Wild, I remember skimming through your review (you know I hate spoilers so I didn’t read the entire thing). And continuing a series is a strong motivation for me right now.

      As the sky outside my window is currently dark grey and I hear thunder in the distance, I think it’s safe to say I’ll be doing a lot of reading as well. :) I think tonight might be a good reading night, actually, A. has a friend coming over, so I’ll be “upstairs in my room, pretending I don’t exist” or whatever the quote is – I don’t mean to say he doesn’t want me in the apartment or anything, it’s just rare for him to have people over, he’s such an introvert, so I tend to make myself scarce but my plans fell through, so it’s reading for me.

      • I still don’t have it. Instead I am buying all the Kindle books for no reason. I will get it in the next couple of weeks because Shalvis!

        I need to hear your thoughts when you continue the series. I really like knowing people’s thoughts on the ending of the third book. I thought it was perfect but I know others will not agree.

        I’m a little bit jealous that you had thunder because that always means brilliant stormy weather which is perfect reading weather because you don’t even need to feel guilty if you’re not making the most of the weather outside. And it sucks your plans fell through, but it’s sweet that you leave A to do his own thing when he’s being social.

  • We have so many of the same unread books! I don’t know whether to applaud us both or hide my face in shame, haha.

    Rebel of the Sands and The Goblin Emperor have both been on my shelves for ages, and I just got an ARC of NGDGU as well! I’m sooooo excited to dive back into this series! What did you think of the new Shalvis?

    I absolutely adored Jane Eyre, such a beautifully written book. Admittedly there were some moments when I wanted to shake some sense into Jane, but reading Jane Steele with Becky (the JE-inspired story where Jane is a serial killer) mostly cured me of that desire. Highly reccommed both!

    • Eh, I say no to shame. I mean, of course books pile up but we’ll get to them eventually. :)

      Ok let me know once you read The Goblin Emperor and No Good Dragon – I will definitely want to discuss both!

      The new Shalvis was good, better than her last series (Cedar Ridge). I didn’t necessarily agree with the heroine all the time but it kind of made me sniffle and cry a little (preggo hormones, yay!), so it was a good experience.

      And yeah, Jane Eyre … I’ve been MASSIVELY spoiled for it, like I wanted to strangle the blogger who just casually wrote about the most important (I assume?) plot twist of the novel without spoiler warnings, but yeah. I’ll be reading it soon.

  • I have read almost nothing this year except Truthwitch by Susan Dennard and some rereads and The Raven Cycle (the first three books were rereads). My summer TBR, though, consists of the Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars will be a reread), The Orphan Queen and Mirror King by Jodi Meadows, Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and… I feel like one or two others. Basically it’s the books I got signed last year and *still* haven’t read :)

    • Well, The Raven Cycle itself is a big undertaking by all accounts – I haven’t read it yet but the books look quite big! And I’ve been rereading a lot this year, too, I don’t know why. I just want to return to old favourites. I hope you’ll enjoy your summer reads, no matter how many you manage. :)