Monday, June 16, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday:: Books to Read this Summer

The Broke and Bookish run this weekly meme where bloggers post their top ten in any category!

This week's theme is "Books I Want to Read this Summer." I might not read these all this summer, but I'll hopefully read them soon. I tried to include a good mix of YA, Adult Fiction, New Releases, Classics, and Non-Fiction

1- Almost French by Sarah Turnbull- I've been wanting to read this since I first started flipping through it at the library a few months back. It's a non-fiction story of an Aussi who gets invited by this random French dude to visit him in Paris and ends up marrying him and living there. Can't wait to read it, especially since I'll be living Paris next spring! :)
2- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway- Since I studied this book in high school during Quiz Bowl, I've always wanted to actually read it. The power of love and enormity of loss seemed so powerful. Now that I've been on a Hemingway kick this summer, I figured I'd try to finally read it.
3- A Room with a View by E. M. Forester- I read A Passage to India earlier this year in a lit class, and I've been wanting to read another by him. I've also been interested in reading something about Florence, since I learned about Stendhal Syndrome in my creative writing class. And there are old country estates, which always are my fave so this book seemed like a good choice.
4- Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald- I'm like weirdly obsessed with the Lost Generation and I really want to read Zelda's only novel.
5- Londoners by Craig Taylor- It's a series of non-fiction essays by people who live in London about what it is like to live there. I've never been to London, but I've always wanted to. This way when I am traveling in Europe next spring I can go there and be prepared.
6- The Penderwicks by Jane Birdsall- I've heard this compared to one of my all time favorite series "The Casson Family." I utterly adore books about quirky families with cute kids!
7-  Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell- I loved Fangirl and I've heard a lot of great things about this book too. I definitely want to read it if I get a chance.
8- Ilsa and the Happily Ever Afters by Stephanie Perkins- I am still not over how much I loved Anna and the French Kiss and this companion takes place in France and seems deep and interesteding and gah I need to read this!
9- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthoney Doerr- This WWII novel takes place in St. Malo, a really cute seaside town in France that I visited a few months ago when I was last in France. I'd love to go back through this book, which just came out and is highly rated.
10- The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin- I'm about 200 pages through this- so hopefully I'll finish and review this soon!

What are you reading this summer? Have you read any of the books on my list? Leave me some comments, lovelies :)


  1. I really liked Londoners! I'm a big fan of the oral history format, and I thought this was a good example. I've never been to London but all the voices within this book painted a great picture!
    I LOVED Eleanor & Park--it made me get back into reading YA again after a long break.
    And--I can still remember reading A Farewell To Arms back in HS--that book, plus The Sun Also Rises--got me started on a Hemingway obsession that lasted for years!

    1. I'm so glad to find someone else who has read Londoners! It seems like it is going to be really interesting. I read The Sun Also Rises recently and it has definitely started me on a Hemingway kick, so I'm itching to read more.

  2. I'm hoping to read Eleanor & Park as well, and I'm SOOO looking forward to Isla and the Happily Ever After. :)
    My Top Ten Spring TBR

    1. They both look so good! Let me know what you think of them when you finish! Your list was really good. There were books on there that I didn't even know i wanted to read, but now I do!

  3. Eleanor & Park is on my TBR list too. I've never read Farewell to Arms but I always wanted to. Perhaps this summer!

    My TTT:

    1. You'll have to let me know what you think of Eleanor & Park when you read it and A Farewell to Arms if you read that too. If you haven't read Hemingway before, he is a really interesting author to read.

  4. Eleanor and Park and The Aviators Wife are two that I want to read this summer but I didn't add them to my list darn it!
    Love how you mixed some older and newer titles for you TTT :)
    Here's my TTT post
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. Aw thanks! I like'd your list too- I really like 20th Century historical fiction, so some of your books looked so interesting.