Top Ten… Thursday?!

Once again, I have to apologize… I have been busy, my health has not been great, and this blog got sidelined.  At least I am semi keeping up with it though, right? 🙂 This is progress from me making blogs on here, updating every day for the first few days, then totally forgetting about them.  I should be proud (but I am still sorry for not updating more).


Today’s topic: my top 10 books on my TBR pile for summer 2013, courtesy of The Broke & Bookish blog. (It’s their Top 10 Tuesday… just two days late is all!! 😉 )  However, unlike their blog, I am not going to do a top ten of ones that will be published between 21 June and 21 September, since I am afraid I don’t know that many that I am eager to read that will be published then. (I am more a fan of picking up a book, reading the blurb, and deciding to borrow/buy/download it, rather than getting caught up in series or particular authors’ works.)


So… the list!!~


1) A Wrinkle in Time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle.  I have read most of the books in the quintet before, but not in the proper order and certainly not close together.  I love L’Engle’s work and while it’s not super recent, I want to revisit it.


2) Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence.  I loved the first two books when I read them when I was 10 or something, and never finished the series.  I have them now, I just need to set aside time to read them.  But I guess I’m kinda cheating, because I’m doing entire series as books… hmm.  I wonder if that would be considered cheating. 😉


3) Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.  No summer is complete without reading a huge book of some sort and since I have it on my Kindle, I figure I may as well read it before I go out and find the movie somewhere to watch.  It sounds excellent, although dense; however, I do enjoy Russian literature.  I think it would be really cool to actually know enough Russian to read the books as they were originally written, because I think a lot can be lost in translation.  Of course, that would require extensive classes in Russian… maybe someday. 🙂


4) The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti.  I won this in a giveaway at Goodreads – my very first win!! – and I am excited to dive into it.  However, I really need to finish a couple of other books before I get around to doing that.


5) The Storykeeper by Jodi Picoult.  I was going to wait until I had finished some more of the 5 Jodi Picoult novels I own to buy a copy, but I couldn’t wait.  I’m sure some of you know the feeling. 😉 So now this is waiting on my bookshelf for me to make time to read it.  I still feel guilty about some of the other books by Picoult that I have and haven’t read, but I mean, this one is about WWII secrets and if there’s something I love more than WWII fiction, I don’t know what it is. (Well, okay, Nutella probably might beat WWII fiction by a hair… but… okay, so does frozen strawberry lemonade… but… those don’t really count!! [Yes, I do have a sweet tooth… maybe…])


6) Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio.  My mom and I are currently reading another book of Jio’s, Violets in March, and I am loving it enough that I went ahead and got two more of her books that sounded good.  Blackberry Winter swaps between 1933 and the present, telling the story of a little boy’s disappearance, and I thought it sounded intriguing.


7) The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley.  This one I found and thought sounded quite excellent – it swaps between present-day and WWII England, replete with a mystery and dangers of unnamed sorts. (Of course.  I think I am getting predictable in my old age.) I am quite excited to delve into this one, I am not going to lie. 🙂


8) Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott.  I am not sure what it is that draws me to Lamott’s books, but they are very fun to read, very interesting, very thought-provoking.  As a Christian, they often don’t contain new information about my faith, but they do bring new perspectives to old issues, sometimes, providing me with different ways that people may look at hot topics in Christianity or religion/faith in general.


9) Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith.  This one is the 6th in a series, and is a thriller/mystery, very different from the other books on this list thus far, but it’s one I started a very long time ago (it was published in 2006 and I think I started reading it when it was still a new copy at my library)… okay, so that’s not a “very long time ago” but for me to remember what happens in a book, it is. 😉 So a reread is necessary.  This one I have for Kindle.


10)  Princess Elizabeth’s Spy and His Majesty’s Hope, both by Susan Elia MacNeal. (I am cheating…) They’re the second and third in the Maggie Hope series – I read the first one last summer while I was working at the library and it was a very enjoyable read… and I can’t wait to read her other books.  Maggie Hope was a very likable heroine and plus… WWII mysteries.  Need I say more? 😀


What are your top 10 books in your TBR pile for this summer?  Feel free to share!!


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