8 Books on My Summer Reading List

by - June 08, 2022

Do you guys ever plan out your reading? I rarely do because for me reading is all about my mental state. And it would probably surprise you to know that I have never been assigned summer reading by a teacher in my academic career. For the most part, I've always been allowed to read what I wanted when I wanted.

Fun fact: when I was in middle school, the librarian would often ask me to read a newly released book that was considered on grade level for the school but might be considered controversial or too sensitive of a topic. My parents knew this, obviously, and were okay with it. That was really the first time I ever did a book review that mattered. My opinion on those books was used to help decide if they made it on the shelf or not. Most did, but there were a few that were on difficult topics that I recommended they not have out for general library use.

Anyway, that got a little more off topic than I planned. Back to summer reading. I don't ever really have a plan when I go into the summer. I always have a list of books on my Kindle and here lately a growing stack of physical books I've picked up from local bookstores. Because my TBR list is so insane, I've really been trying to pick a few books from it each month to start whittling it down to a more manageable size.

So for this TBR post, I wanted to focus on the physical books in the TBR section of my bookcase. It should be pointed out that these eight books do not make up the entirety of my TBR list for this summer. They are, however, the most recent physical books I've bought and not read yet. I'm proud to say that these books are all fairly new additions to my bookcase, with all having been bought within the past six months.

Let's do this!

Celtic Empire - Up first we have one of the final Dirk Pitt installments by my fave, Clive Cussler and his son, Dirk. In this book, Pitt finds himself in the center of an international mystery. A group of UN scientists have been murdered in El Salvador; there was a deadly waterway collision off Detroit; and tomb raiders attacked an archaeological site along the Nile River. Three seemingly unrelated events that may be tied together by the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee her father's armies 3,000 years ago.

Woman on Fire - Jules Roth has just been hired by Chicago's leading investigative reporter when she's given a secret assignment - locate a painting stolen by the Nazis more than 75 years earlier. A famous shoe designer wants the painting for personal reasons, but he's dying, putting Jules on a tight deadline. Meanwhile, a European gallerist is also searching for the painting, and she always gets what she wants.

It Ends With Us - I'm a big Colleen Hoover fan, and I've been seeing so many good things about this one. Lily has worked hard for everything she has in life. She's graduated college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. When she meets neurosurgeon, Ryle, everything seems too good to be true...except for Ryle's aversion to relationships. Then, Lily's first love suddenly reappears in her life.

The Orphan Witch -Persephone has been alone her entire life, moving from place to place to keep ahead of questions about the unexplainable things that seem to happen wherever she goes. After an accidental public display of power, Persephone is invited by her one and only friend to Wile Isle, and she quickly discovers it's no ordinary island. It may just hold the very thing she's been searching for her entire life...and some things she didn't want like century-old curses and a family feud.

The Library of the Dead - I'm not going to lie; I've already started reading this one and have mixed feelings so far. Ropa is a 14-year-old ghost talker living in Edinburgh. When she learns that someone is bewitching children and leaving them husks of themselves, she feels obligated to investigate. What she finds is that the underground has a lot of dark secrets, but she also discovers an occult library, a magical mentor, and some unexpected allies.

Beautiful Ruins - I've been looking at this book for what seems like forever, but I've only recently seen it in one of my local stores. I honestly don't know how to summarize the blurb for this book, so you'll just have to click the link and read it for yourself.

The Dictionary of Lost Words - I'm really excited for this one. Esme is the daughter of one of the men who's collecting words for the first-ever Oxford English Dictionary. She spends her days underneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard, but she begins to collect the words the dictionary men discard. The older she gets, the more Esme realizes words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences are unrecorded, so she begins to create her own dictionary for them.

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie - I am a huge Agatha Christie fan, and as such I, too, want to know what happened during the 11 days she went missing in 1926. This book imagines what could have been, and I am so excited to dive into these pages!

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