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June 15, 2021

top ten books on my summer tbr list
posted by soe 1:41 am

I haven’t been especially good about reading this year, which is due in large part to working too much and being depressed and then working some more. But summer is a time of lounging by the pool and soaking up rays at the beach and staying out late at the park. I bet if I made dates with some of my friends to just go read at a cafe, they’d be down for that. So I will do that.

To help with that plan come That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, a perennial seasonal favorite — the top ten books I plan to read this summer:

  1. Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev — The latest in one of my favorite series — retellings of Jane Austen’s novels — drops the first week in July.
  2. Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra — The sequel to Meg & Jo, a modern reimagining of the four March sisters as 20-somethings who grew up on a farm in the Carolinas.
  3. Pride & Premeditation by Tirzah Price — Yup, another Austen spin, but this time with a murder subplot.
  4. The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary — I loved The Flatshare and road trips just scream summertime.
  5. A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett — A Victorian romance, but set between a fiercely independent scientist who heads a women’s intellectual circle and the bodyguard assigned to protect her. I’m hoping for a readalike to the Veronica Speedwell series.
  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — A heist novel, this is part of the Grishaverse and features some of the characters from the recent Shadows and Bone series on Netflix. I’d started it on audio months ago and then decided it would work better on paper and have been waiting for it on the holds list ever since.
  7. The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World by Laura Imai Messina — Based on a true story, this novel tells about a telephone booth in a Japanese garden — and the unique purpose strangers put it to.
  8. The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray — Historical fiction aboutBelle de Costa Greene, J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian and a Black woman passing as white.
  9. You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar — Real-life anecdotes from about Living While Black from Amber Ruffin and her sister.
  10. How about you? What’s on your summer TBR list?

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