A few months ago I listed the books I planned to read this spring, and (i am ashamed to admit) I’ve only read ONE of the ten. That is a sad, sad track record. Here’s hoping I do better this summer! Speaking of summer reading, this list is full of books I’ve heard great things about, picked up at BEA, or have been waiting for for ages. A couple are on my library hold list, a few on my bookshelf, and several live in my online wishlist.
Top Ten Books on My Summer To-Be-Read List
1. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters – Liviania is my reading twin, and she LOVED this book, so I know I will too. I have it out from the library at this very moment, and I’m just waiting for a free moment to dive into it.
2. Starglass by Phoebe North – Young adult sci-fi, gorgeous cover art, and the promise of an intriguing plot. No wonder I’ve been waiting on this one for months!
3. Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling – Any anthology edited by Datlow and Windling is sure to be fabulous, but this looks extra-great because it’s all steampunk-esque/historical fantasy (which is the best sort, of course!).
4. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein – You may recall that Code Name Verity broke my heart into tiny pieces (well, not just MY heart – everyone’s!) not long ago. I snagged a copy of this companion novel at BEA, and I am very certain I shall cry all over it one day very soon.
5. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – This story sounds like a humans vs. supers showdown, with the bonus of awesome Brandon Sanderson world-building. I’m in.
6. Vicious by V.E. Schwab – Speaking of supers… what about supervillains? Victoria Schwab has written a story about archnemeses with terrible powers and an old betrayal. It should be pretty epic.
7. The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton – When a book is compared to both Neil Gaiman’s AND Holly Black’s work, I don’t have to hear anything else. I’m sold. OMG it’s Norse-mythology inspired YA fantasy. Someone hold me!
8. Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block – This book was a ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ pick for me a while back, and the concept of The Odyssey done in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles still sounds amazing.
9. Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell – Oh, how I loved The Princess Curse! Haskell has a way with middle grade story, fantasy and history, and I can’t wait to read her latest release. Plus: DRAGONS! *grin*
10. The Whole Fromage by Kathe Lison – And to round out the list, a book on French cheese! What could be better?! I do love food writing, and the bonus of learning about one of my favorite snacks (or let’s face it, food groups!) is enough to have me looking forward to this nonfiction title.
What books are on your summer reading list?