Happy Tuesday, fellow bookworms! I'm going rogue with Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) this week. The topic is beach reads, but I don't really have many new beach read recommendations from last year (you can see those here). We recently moved back to Hawaii and most of my books for the next three years will likely be taken the beach -- so they're all beach reads, right? And since there's no summer to-read list prompt this year, I decided to do it today!
My Summer Reading List:
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples: Over the spring I got caught up on the two volumes I hadn't read yet, and now I'm anxiously awaiting volume 6, which comes out in July. If you haven't read "Saga" yet -- even if you think graphic novels aren't your thing -- give it a try! The first couple volumes in particular are really awesome! I'm continually amazed at how much story can be packed into so few words -- and lots of pictures, of course.
The Fireman by Joe Hill: I've only read one Joe Hill book ("Horns") so far but I keep meaning to read more. And I'm totally intrigued by the premise of his new apocalyptic thriller, "The Fireman."
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: I've finally decided it's time to read this one. I know it's long, and I know it'll be emotionally devastating. And I know I hate the cover and that I don't think the plot sounds interesting. But enough bloggers and friends have read and loved it that I'm going to take the plunge.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: After hating "What She Knew" by Gilly McMillan, I decided to stay away from any book compared to "The Girl on the Train" for a while. But this thriller has gotten a lot of buzz and the plot sounds pretty intriguing, so I just can't help myself!
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan: I've had my eye on this one for a while, and I thought it'd be a great opportunity to work something light and fun into my summer reading pile.
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik: I hadn't heard of Naomi Novik until the end of last year when "Uprooted" popped up on so many best-of lists at the end of the year. I finally read it last month and absolutely loved it -- and now I want to try Novik's Temeraire series.
The Moor by Laurie R. King (book 4 in the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series): I started this wonderful mystery series -- featuring a brilliant young woman and a semi-retired Sherlock Holmes -- a few years ago now and I'd really like to work on getting caught up.
A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny (book 2 in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series): I'd been meaning for years to check out the Inspector Gamache mysteries -- which take place in the tiny town of Three Pines in Quebec -- and I finally read the first one at the end of 2015. Like the Mary Russell books, this is a long-running series that I'm hoping to make some progress on.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel: I've been hearing about this sci-fi book for months and I'm so excited to finally read it!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I LOVE all things Austen-related, and I've read and watched so many versions and spin-offs of "Pride and Prejudice," but I've never actually read the original! It, my friends, is time.
Books left over from my spring reading list:
There are seven books I didn't get to from my spring to-read post, but I'm actually pretty proud of myself here! I had 20 books on the list, and I managed to read 13 of them. And I had almost all of these books on hold at my parents' library in Colorado (where I spent a good chunk of April and May as part of our military move to Hawaii) and they just didn't come in before we left. I'll be requesting them again as soon as I get my Hawaii library card! (And if you're interested in hearing more about our move to Hawaii, you can check out this post!)