TTT ~ Summer TBR

Top Ten Books on My Summer TBR Shelf

Oh summer, how I love thee.  I'm looking forward to getting so much reading done (although, admittedly, I haven't really read much this past week EXCEPT The Stand). Below is my list of books I'd like to get through before I return back to work.

1. A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott because?  It's freakin' LOUISA MAY ALCOTT and it's suppose to be sassy.  Like, it was printed in a magazine two years before Little Woman, so I'm thinking swag of the 19th century?!  Hello nurse!
2. The Kiss Murder by Mehemt Murat Somer (and I believe translated by Kenneth James Dakan) because: Okay are you ready for this?  Seriously.  Sit down. It's a mystery set in TURKEY and the sleuth is a DRAG QUEEN.  Holy molars.  I stumbled upon this gem at a used book store on vacay.

3. The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano because?  I got this book from PBS and shelved it away like many others that pop up on my list unexpectedly.  Someone out there in the netosphere must have given this a raving review because it's not really something that would catch my eye.  So anyways, it ended up HERE because I randomly picked up a book from the daunting READ ME books staring down at me.

4. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender because? Everyone seemed to be readin' and lovin' this one a few years ago.  Magical realism, much? I wonder if it's going to make me cry....

5.   Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol because? I know those folks out there who read comics strongly expressed how phenom this one was AND those that aren't comic-readers tended to agree.  Since I'm attempting to build up my comic section in the ole classroom library Anya it is.  (And who am I kidding, it's nice to have a book you know you can complete in an hour).

6. Immortal by Gillian Shields because? I'm not going to squeeze by this shamefaced.  I love me some paranormal-series-ridden-young-adult-romance.  It just whispers my name.  Lets just say it enchants my middle brain and leave it at that.

7. Crash Into Me by Albert Borris because? First, it's pretty rare for me to find YA authors that are men and I'm always trying cleverly get them on my YA shelves.  This isn't a warm fuzzy book.  Four teens want to kill themselves so they go on a road trip exploring celebrity suicides until they reach the end.  The end of their trip and their lives.  I think this book will be grave and will speak to many kids...but man alive DO I HATE THE COVER.  It looks like a warm fuzzy romance. 

8. True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall by Mark Salzman because? This guy just might be one of my heroes.  So here's this dude that goes to hardcore lock up filled with violent teens and manages to inspire them whilst getting inspired.  I know, I know...wasn't this already done before?  I have my own issues with The Other Book but such is life on the inside.  Anwyays, let's hope this one inspires me right before the summer ends.

9.  Why We Read What We Read by Lisa Adams and John Heath because? Oh yeah right, like THIS question never occurred to you before. *wink*

10.  The Book Whisperer:Awaken the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller because This is THE book that will motivate me right before pre-planning.  Yes, yes...It is impossible for me to turn of being a teacher.  Sooo looking forward to this professional read.

Aaaand....I have an 11th because I wasn't entirely sure if I would post this one until AFTER I read it.  But what the heck...I'm so curious I can't help myself.

11.  Suburban Souls by Anonymous because it's 1901 erotica. 

So there you have it.  I'm still working through The Stand by Stephen King, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, and whatever audio floats my boat while driving to work out. 

What's on your list?


  1. Great list! I think you have a good mix of genres to choose from. I'm particularly interested in Why We Read What We Read. Hearing how people answer this question is always fascinating to me.

  2. Nooooo The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake! I have BAD feelings about that book. BAD BAD BAD (and not even good bad, like crying. Just bad bad).

    Ahem. I don't really know anything about the rest of these books, but I'm intrigued by early Louisa May Alcott!

  3. OMG I LOVED The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake!!! From what I remember, it was a love it or hate it book for a lot of people, but it made me an automatic ginormous fan of Bender!!! I don't remember it being much of a crying book, but still incredibly good and an instant addition to my favorite books!

  4. Much luck to you with Wuthering Heights! I will say I hated it almost through the whole reading of it, but when I finished, I felt pubnched and kicked and beaten -- and I kind of respected that. Because she made me feel all that somehow, with nothing but words. Most books make me feel good or curious or nostalgic. It's kind of cool that Emily Bronte punched me in the face from over a century ago. :)

    I too want to read The Long Fatal Love Chase!

  5. A Long Fatal Love Chase was amazing. I hope that you like it.

  6. If you do read Why We Read what We Read you may want to read the interview I did with the authors a few years ago. I thought the book was fun so I asked for an interview and got one. They were both charming to work with.


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