Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read List

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read List.

I think this might be my favourite of all the Top Ten Tuesday topics. There’s something about compelling a loose list of what I plan to read next that really excites me. (Yes, my life is sad. Moving on.) That said, I’ve decided to do things a little differently this time around. In the past my ‘to-be-read’ lists have been composed exclusively of the next ten ARCs on my review schedule. This time, however, I decided I needed a change of pace. As wonderful as it is to receive advance reader copies from publishers and industry professionals (and I’m eternally grateful for each and every one I receive) there’s a tendency to ignore other books that you’re interested in reading simply because they aren’t being published imminently. So, this summer, I’m going to try to strike a better balance between the two. While there are a handful of ARCs included on this list (Landline, Falling Into Place, Let’s Get Lost, All Four Stars, How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky & Like No Other) I’ve also included a few novels I’ve wanted to read for some time now but have never gotten around to. For example, I would love to read at least one non-fiction book this year, and I’ve been excited about Maya Van Wagenen’s Popular ever since I first heard of it. I’ve heard an infinite number of positive things about Emery Lord’s debut, Open Road Summer, and there seems like no better time than the present to read it. I have never read a novel by Sarah Dessen (An egregious offence, I know) and I would like to finally remedy that this summer. Lastly, I’ve always wanted to read Morgan Matson’s Second Chance Summer. As an ardent fan of both Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone, it only makes sense that I would be insatiably curious about the one work of Matson’s that I haven’t read. Yes, the subject matter scares me, but I’m tired of letting that fear control me. This summer I hope to finally work up the courage to read it. I’ll just be sure to keep some Kleenex and ice cream on hand. Just in case.

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Landline by Rainbow Rowell

2) Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

3) The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

4) Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

5) Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

6) Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

7) All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

8) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

9) How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky by Lydia Netzer

10) Like No Other by Una LaMarche

13 responses to “Top Ten Books On My Summer To-Be-Read List”

  1. Yay! Another list with All Four Stars! πŸ˜‰ It looks like you have a great summer of reading ahead of you! I want to read ALL OF THESE!

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  2. LET’S GET LOST made my list as well! And I’m super jealous that you have LANDLINE…which I totally forgot to put on my list. Yay that you’re finally reading a Sarah Dessen novel! THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER is one of my favorites of hers. ALONG FOR THE RIDE and THIS LULLABY tend to battle it out for the top spot, but the former usually prevails. (:
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  3. Jess Gofton says:

    Landline seems to be popping up everywhere, though I have to admit it does sound like a fun read! πŸ™‚
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  4. Fantastic list! I have Open Road Summer and Landline on my list this week too. I’m looking forward to getting to them. I hope you enjoy Second Chance Summer. I thought it was a beautiful read.
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  5. Jen says:

    I am so excited for you to read Falling into Place, I absolutely loved that one, although it’s not the lightest “summer” read. I loved Open Road Summer oh so much, I hope you end up falling in love with that one too! Now THAT is a perfect summer read. Good luck, Jen!

  6. I really need to read Open Road Summer and actually Since You’ve Been Gone! Second Chance Summer is a really good book but yes to the tissues! =)
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  7. Bree says:

    LOVE your list! I have Landline on mine and I’ve read Popular. I enjoyed it a lot – way more than I expected to actually. I have Second Chance Summer on my shelf… actually I’ve had it there for a LONG time, I’m just not sure I’ll ever be ready to read it. Everyone tells me I’m going to ugly cry SO bad, lol.
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  8. I did not realize you hadn’t read a Dessen novel! The Truth About Forever is definitely a good starting place to remedy that. My favorite of hers is Along for the Ride with This Lullaby coming in a close second. She writes such beautiful, authentic YA contemps. I adore her storytelling. Matson’s Second Chance Summer is a hefty read, but so worth it. I can’t wait to read your thoughts once you’ve finished it. Landline was another emotional read for me. I think she tried something different with this one, and as scary as that may be for such a well-known writer, I applaud her. And guess what? She totally succeeded in my eyes.
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  9. Andi says:

    You have my favorite Dessen and Matson books on this list AND Open Road Summer. You have a great summer of reading ahead of you.
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  10. Hey! I’ve got Second Chance Summer on my list, too!

    Open Road Summer is adorable and wonderful.

    Happy Reading!

  11. Vicky says:

    Wow, there are so many on your list that I really want to read! For example, Let’s Get Lost and Falling Into Place and Landline! I also really want to read Open Road Summer and Second Chance Summer. The others on your list also look quite interesting so I’ll be sure to check those out!
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  12. Melody says:

    Love your list! Can’t wait to get to Let’s Get Lost as well this summer!
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  13. Alexa S. says:

    Ooh, you have a number of great books on your list!

    THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER is my all-time favorite Dessen, so I’m glad that it’s the one that made it onto your summer TBR. I hope you fall in love with Dessen the way I did after reading this book!

    OPEN ROAD SUMMER is one of my favorite reads of 2014 (and I definitely intend to reread it this summer). It just WORKED for me, in terms of elements and story. I just loved everything about it, but particularly Matt Finch.

    SECOND CHANCE SUMMER was a beautiful novel. I remember exactly when and where I was reading it, and realizing that it solidified and intensified my love for the incredibly talented Morgan Matson. I am sending you virtual tissues and chocolate to be on hand when you crack it open!

    I also see a lot of titles I’m anticipating reading on your list – LANDLINE, LET’S GET LOST, FALLING INTO PLACE, LIKE NO OTHER. I’m planning to read LANDLINE this week, and LET’S GET LOST next week!
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