Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Posted 18 June, 2013 by Lianne in Meme / 35 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This week’s topic: Top Ten Books On My Summer 2013 TBR list!

Summer’s here and with it is the annual summer tbr list! My semester is shaping up to be a rather busy/hectic one (apologies in advance, I’m behind/taking forever at getting back to comments from these last few weeks; I have midterms & a final this week but even afterwards it’s still a little hectic. Getting there, though, ever so slowly =P) but I’m still managing to squeeze some titles amidst the craziness =P

Also, after talking to some fellow bloggers about stacks of to-read piles and stuff (and posting about it myself, I’ve started a self-embargo on book buying (since the 3rd–this embargo also includes logging on to NetGalley for any reason other than to post my feedback on books that were already approved before. Does not include ARCs won or otherwise…or books for friends because, you know, they’re not for me, lol). I decided to start sooner than later in order to focus on the books I have on hand and partly to reign in the spending a bit =P

In no particular order:

  1. Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey — I seem to associate Corey’s Expanse novels with the summer, probably because I read Leviathan Wakes (review) for the first time during the summer. I will have the third book in my hands shortly (pre-ordered it before the self-imposed embargo =P) so I guess it’s time to read this novel =)
  2. The Hand of Fatima by Idelfonso Falcones — This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while now. I might get around to it this summer though seeing as I’m not travelling anywhere and it looks like the perfect type of book to just get lost in =)
  3. The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani — I’ve also had this book on my shelf for some time now but it’s been sitting there more so because I’m waiting for the right time to read it. It seems like the type of book I really want to savour so yeah, gotta get those assignments and tests out of the way to really enjoy it ^_~
  4. The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Arnold — I have the galley copy of this novel waiting for me. This book will be coming out in a few weeks so I hope to read it soon. It sounds like a magical, intriguing novel (a la Jo Walton’s Among Us, Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind and all those wonderful books about books =D)) so I’m really looking forward to it.
  5. Summer by Edith Wharton — The title seems fitting, doesn’t it?
  6. A Spear of Summer Grace by Deanna Raybourn — I’m participating in a book blog tour early next month for this book (keep your eyes peeled for it–there’s also a nice surprise to go with my review). The premise sounds interesting and it feels like a summer book =) I admit, I’m cheating a bit by adding this book to this list because I’ve actually started reading it–slowly, because I’ve got midterms and a final this week–but reading it nonetheless (I couldn’t help it! lol. It was calling to me) =P
  7. With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan — This novel will be available at the end of July but I recently won an ARC of this novel from GoodReads. It sounds like quite the drama (a person from Simon & Schuster included a note about how much they enjoyed it) and am quite looking forward to reading it!
  8. The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen — This novel is going to be available in the autumn but I have the galley sitting in queue, waiting to be read. I could use a good dose of magical realism. The blurb says that fans of Sarah Addison Allen will enjoy this so I’m pretty psyched =)
  9. Angel Baby by Richard Lange — I received a copy of this novel through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers programme (actually received it in the post yesterday morning). The premise is intriguing–kind of reminds me of Orphan Black with the mum wanting to reunite with her child whom she left behind years earlier–and it promises to be a heck of a ride. Looking forward to it! =)
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas — Am hoping to make a dent in my classic French literature pile as part of the reading challenge I’m taking part in this year. I can always count on Dumas for an action-packed adventure (as an aside, I would’ve put Victor Hugo on this list since I technically started Notre Dame du Paris but oh man, the first book was just O_O Tangent after tangent…)

And that’s my list for this week! What books are on your TBR list this summer? 🙂

On a final aside, caffeinatedlife.net is now on Facebook! Please like it, share it, etc, etc. (no pressure, of course) =) Happy Tuesday! *goes back to studying*

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35 Responses to “Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays”

  1. The cover of Angel Baby is quite…intense. I’m feeling like a bad bibliophile, I’ve never even heard of Summer/Edith Wharton. Good luck on The Count of Monte Cristo, I’ve never been able to finish it, but I have great admiration for anyone who even cracks that book open.

    And good luck on your exams!

    • Thanks re: my exams! I was so happy when Thursday/Friday rolled in because I didn’t want to think about anything school-related any longer, lol

      Summer seems like one of Wharton’s lesser-known works. It doesn’t seem to be as well read by the looks of it.

      lol, thanks re: The Count of Monte Cristo! I’m looking forward to it; I think Alexandre Dumas is my favourite of the classic French authors…

  2. The only book I’ve even heard of on this list is The Count of Monte Cristo! I really enjoyed it when I read it years ago and have wanted to reread it ever since–it’s just so large that I don’t know how to find the time.

    Are you a fan of Edith Wharton? All I’ve read by her is Ethan Frome and the experience ensured that I never looked at anything else she’d written. Recently,though, I heard someone talking as if Wharton’s other works were much better.

    • lol, I know what you mean; I would love to re-read War and Peace but it’s so long, I’d need to really clear out my to-read pile a bit before revisiting it xD

      I am (a recent fan; only got around to her stuff last year)! I would suggest reading An Age of Innocence or The House of Mirth; I especially love the latter but I enjoyed both titles. I did hear that Ethan Frome is pretty dark/depressing/boring/whathaveyou, which is probably why I haven’t gotten around to it. I hope you get a chance to check out her other work! It’s quite wonderful/fascinating 🙂

  3. Oh man, I started The Count of Monte Cristo AGES ago but never finished. I did enjoy it while it lasted though. I need to finish one day!

  4. I really liked Spear of Summer Grass — will be interested in hearing your thoughts! And if Angel Baby has an Orphan Black vibe, I’m in! I also have an ARC of The Book of Secrets to be read — sounds really intriguing! What a terrific list. Enjoy!

    Lisa
    My TTT

  5. Angel Baby has such an awesome cover :D. I love all the colours in it! Ohhh The Count of Monte Cristo, that’s a classic that I really do want to read. I loved the movie (I can’t believe Henry Cavill was the son!I’m so excited to see Man of Steel)!

    Enjoy all your books Lianne!

    Ohhh and are you excited for third book in the Gentleman Bastards series? I think it’s called The Republic of Thieves.

    • It is! It’s not so bad right now because all the things I’ve pre-ordered are coming in but then I’d stumble across books I want to read soon or that are at a very low price and that’s when the twitching comes in, lol xD

  6. Wow, I haven’t heard of any of these……. except The Count of Monte Cristo, of course, lol. But I’m definitely going to have to check some of them out, they sound really good!

  7. The Book Of Secrets does look intriguing. I’ve got an e-ARC of The Wishing Thread, and I’m really looking forward to it. It only barely missed my TTT list, and that mostly because I’d already come up with 15 books I couldn’t see cutting!

    I know what you mean about cutting back on book buying. I am beginning to think I need to do the same. I can’t keep up; they’re coming in faster than I can read them! I’ve started being more cautious about what I request from Netgalley and Edelweiss. But I’m so close to putting a total moratorium on everything for several months, and only reading what’s a) already on my Goodreads to-read list and b) is also already in the house or at the library.

    • I could not put The Book of Secrets down, I ended up staying up until the early hours reading that book, lol!

      Best of luck with your to-read piles! I had to step back with NetGalley a bit (though I did cave last weekend and requested for 2 titles that really interested me) because it’s so easy to get titles there. How is Edelweiss? I saw the website and was immediately confused…

      • Edelweiss *is* confusing. It took me a while to get the hang of navigating around it, and I’m sure I’m still missing a lot. It also seems to take longer to get replies, if I ever do. I’ve only been using it a few months, though, and I have gotten approved for several books there. NetGalley is much easier to use, but the two don’t always get the same titles.

        I’m stepping back a bit with both of them at this point, only requesting titles I *really* want to read.

        Thanks for the recommendation on The Book of Secrets!

  8. Ooh, I bought A Spear of Summer Grass recently but haven’t had a chance to get to it yet…looks like a great read, though! Also, having just read The Count of Monte Cristo earlier this year, I can say with 100% confidence, it’s totally worth it! I read it in English, the Robin Buss translation, which seemed pretty good to me.

    • I’m looking forward to it! I downloaded a feedbook copy of it for my eReader so I dunno who the translator is for mine but what I love about Dumas is how easy his narrative is to slip into…I have to say, I think he’s my favourite of the French classic authors <3

      Hope you enjoy A Spear of Summer Grass! I really enjoyed it 🙂

    • Yup yup! And the third book, Abaddon’s Gate is out now (my copy arrived last week…prompting me to check out Caliban’s War soon, lol). Hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  9. I have a copy of A Spear of Summer that I won last month and still haven’t read it. I’ve heard great things. The physical copy is gorgeous with the way the pages are designed. Oooh Angel Baby! I requested it via LibraryThing, but I got Night Film instead. Enjoy it!

    Thanks for stopping by Literary, etc! 🙂

    • I love books with that jagged/uneven pages. The type of paper used was all sorts of wonderful too 🙂

      I think I remember seeing Night Film at LT; did you read it yet? How did you find it?

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