Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Summer Reading List

Now, this is a straightforward question. Between the great box of books Arabella gave me, and several requests in at the library, and the pressing need to read all those fantasy classics that I haven't gotten around to, like the Belgariad and the Shannara books—and on top of that, the master to-read list which, like many undersea creatures, never stops growing—the only difficulty is guessing in advance which books I'll get to this summer.

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Here are some that are likely to be at the top, however:

1. Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale. This sequel to Princess Academy is coming in August! I can't miss this.

2. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen. A Sleeping Beauty retelling, and as I love retold fairy tales, I'm excited to read it.

3. The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L’Engle. I'd never even heard of this one till Arabella brought it over, but I don't often turn down a book with unicorns in the title.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. On request at the library, just in case I happen to see the movie—I'd like to have read the book first.

5. A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson. It's long past time I got acquainted with Ibbotson.

6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. One of the fantasy classics on my to-read list, also on request at the library.

7. Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Much as I'm ready to be done with bleak, hyper-traumatic tales of the future, I can't escape dystopia entirely this summer. This series is one of a few I'm willing to read.

8. Finding Angel by Kat Heckenbach. An independently published (not self-published) young adult fantasy, this looks intriguing, and I'm interested in reading some indie things anyway. Double win.

9. The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. There's always room on my reading list for McKinley.

10. Fantasy classic choice based on pure whim. The mood of the moment will determine whether I choose Eddings, Brooks, Marillier, Lackey, McCaffrey, or another. I only feel like half a proper fantasy fan without having read something by these people.

What do you plan to read this summer?


  1. Well, as I've mentioned before, I don't have so much a list as I do a philosophy. And that philosophy is: I jump around reading whatever catches my fancy at the moment. A really, really, really good book will draw my attention long enough to run through it fairly quickly. A good or decent book might get the same treatment or I might end up reading on an installment plan, if you know what I mean. :)

    That being said, there's lots of C.S. Lewis I'd like to read or listen to this summer. I'd like to read Goblet of Fire again. The Hobbit too. I've got lots of Sherlock Holmes pastiches to read. As always there's some works of Martin Luther I'd like to read, in addition to reading large swathes of the Scriptures. I've got a fair selection of mysteries & fantasy novels & novellas to read. Probably won't get to a lot of classics this summer unless I reread Pride & Prejudice.

  2. I didn't do this week's Top 10 Tuesday but I like seeing what everyone else picked! I'm excited for Palace of Stone, too.
    And I gave Insurgent a chance, even though I didn't care for Divergent. I was surprised by how much I liked it - it focused a lot more on characters and story than on beating people senseless (although there is some of that, too).

  3. Haha, George, I totally understand about your philosophy. Much as I try to be organized, whim happens to me a lot. It looks like you have a whole list of awesome possible choices, though. :D

    Kathy, that's so good to know about Insurgent! I can be more enthused about it if it's going to be more character-focused.

  4. Princess Academy was so fun! I read that this spring, so glad Shannon Hale has written a sequel.
    I had a moment on Tue to glance at your list and it reminded me that I forgot to include The Silmarillion by Tolkien on my TTT list.


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