Books I Want to Read This Summer | Top 10 Tuesday

May 23, 2017     Marissa     Books, Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a summer freebie, so I went with my top ten books I want to read this summer. Here is my TBR list!

1. The Trouble With goats and sheep by Joanna Cannon

Published by Scribner on July 12, 2016
Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Historical
Pages: 368
Format: Print, Hardcover

Set in England in 1976, in a heat wave. Mrs. Creasy is missing and the Avenue is alive with whispers. The neighbors blame her sudden disappearance on the heat wave, but ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly aren’t convinced. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, the girls decide to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by the local vicar, they go looking for God—they believe that if they find Him they might also find Mrs. Creasy and bring her home.

This book just seems like the perfect summer read. I heard about this from both Mercedes and Simon on booktube, and they both absolutely loved it. I think this will be the one I get to once I’m finished the books I’m currently reading. I’m so excited to get to this one.

2. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Published by Serpent’s Tail on May 27, 2016
Fiction, Adult, Literary, Historical
Pages: 416
Format: Print, Hardcover

Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way. They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned.

I’ve heard so many good things about this one, and it’s been so long since I’ve read a historical fiction set in the Victorian era. I think I’m due for one. Also, something about this cover just screams summer to me, I don’t really know what season the book is set in, but I’m still hoping to read this one. I’ve wanted to get this one for a while, so hopefully if I make a TBR, this will help me stick to it.

3. The Bricks That Built the Houses By Kate Tempest

Published by Bloomsbury on May 3, 2016
Fiction, Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 416
Format: Print, Hardcover

Becky, Harry, and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. But can they truly leave the city that’s in their bones? Kate Tempest’s novel reaches back through time–through tensely quiet dining rooms and crassly loud clubs–to the first time Becky and Harry meet. It sprawls through their lives and those they touch–of their families and friends and faces on the street–revealing intimacies and the moments that make them. And it captures the contemporary struggle of urban life, of young people seeking jobs or juggling jobs, harboring ambitions and making compromises.

A coming of age contemporary story seems like the perfect summer read. I’m in the mood for some contemporary reads after the sci-fi and dystopia I’ve been reading. I haven’t heard many things about this book, but the type of saga centred on friendship that I’m really in the mood for. I’m really looking forward to this one!

4.  The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

Published by Picador on March 1, 2016
 Non-Fiction, Autobiography
Pages: 336
Format: Print, Hardcover

When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives — from Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks to Andy Warhol’s Time Capsules, from Henry Darger’s hoarding to the depredations of the AIDS crisis — Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.

I haven’t read much non-fiction, but this one is really interesting to me. We all feel loneliness at some point in our lives, and it helps us to read about someone else who is also going through the same thing we are. It is also very interesting to see how they deal with it. I’m looking forward to diving into the world of art!

5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Published by Nan A. Talese on May 6, 2003
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 376
Format: Print, Hardcover

As the story opens, the narrator, who calls himself Snowman, is sleeping in a tree, wearing a dirty old bedsheet, mourning the loss of his beautiful and beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. In a world in which science-based corporations have recently taken mankind on an uncontrolled genetic-engineering ride, he now searches for supplies in a wasteland. Insects proliferate and pigoons and wolvogs ravage the Pleeblands, where ordinary people once lived, and the Compounds that sheltered the extraordinary. As he tries to piece together what has taken place, the narrative shifts to decades earlier. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is Snowman left with nothing but his bizarre memories – alone except for the more-than-perfect, green-eyed Children of Crake, who think of him as a kind of monster? He explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes – into his own past and back to Crake’s high-tech bubble dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s the first book of Atwood’s that I’ve read, and I’ve heard that this one is just delightfully weird, so I’m really excited to get to it!

6. The Cranes Dance by Meg Howry

Published by Vintage Books on May 15, 2012
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary
Pages: 373
Format: Print, Paperback

So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company who is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s, but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home. Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she may have played in her sister’s collapse.  As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters.

I love the movie The Black Swan, and this book reminds me of this movie. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about it, and I’m really excited to get to it. I really love reading about ballet, and this seems like it will be a really dark intense read.

7. Idaho by Emily ruskovich

Published by Chatto & Windus on February 16, 2017
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Literary, Mystery
Pages: 320
Format: Print, Hardcover

One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, and sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction.In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.

For some reason this reminds me of The Unseen World by Liz Moore, which is my favourite book of 2017 so far. I loved that book, and I feel like this we be an intense, emotional read as well. Really looking forward to getting to this book this summer.

8. Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson

Published by Doubleday on October 6, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction
Pages: 448
Format: Print, Hardcover

In 1843 Chicago, fragile naturalist Zadock Thomas falls in love with the high society daughter of Joseph Gray, a prominent ornithologist. Mr. Gray sets an impossible condition for their marriage—Zadock must deliver a sealed and highly secretive letter to General Irion, fighting one thousand miles southwest, deep within the embattled and newly independent Republic of Texas. The fate of the Union lies within the mysterious contents of that sealed letter, but that is only the beginning . . .Three hundred years later, in the dystopian city-state of the Texas Republic, Zeke Thomas has just received news of the death of his grandfather, an esteemed Chicago senator. The world has crumbled. Paper documents are banned, citizens are watched, and dissenters are thrown over the walls into “the rot.” When Zeke inherits—and then loses—a very old, sealed letter from his grandfather, Zeke finds himself and the women he loves at the heart of a conspiracy whose secrets he must unravel, if it doesn’t destroy his relationship, his family legacy, and the entire republic first.

This book is just so cool! I bought it last summer, so it’s been sitting on my TBR for about a  year now. I’m really excited to get to this. There’s so many cool surprises within this book, and I can’t wait to read it.

9. Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Published by Knopf Books on October 20, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Pages: 599
Format: Print, Hardcover

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Now, I don’t read a lot of YA anymore, but sometimes I just need a little light, fluffy fiction. I love a good space romp, and I love when books include multimedia formats. I might end up getting to this one fairly soon! I’m looking forward to it, and really hope it doesn’t disappoint.

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on July 5, 2011
Genre: Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 688
Format: Print, Hardcover

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I watched the first few episodes of this show, and I really want to read this book before I continue. I’ve read a sample of it on my Kindle, and I absolutely loved it. I just need to invest the time into it, since it’s a fairly lengthy novel. I think that’s why I’ve put it off for a while, but I’m really hoping to get to it soon!

That’s all for this Top 10 Tuesday! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and what you thought of them. Let’s discuss in the comments. Also, if you’d like to purchase any of these  books, feel free to do so through my Book Depository affiliate link here.