Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form.  The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!

This week's theme is:  Books On My Summer TBR List.  Now, this is very similar to last week's post, Books That Will Be In My Beach Bag, so I'm going to change it up a tiny bit.  Instead of focusing on my Summer TBR pile, I'm going to expand it and lay out ten more books that I really want to get through in my TBR pile in addition to those I listed for the beach bag list :)

Here goes:

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  • I have had this on my bookshelf since the day it was published in 2010.  I absolutely loved The Historian and I couldn't wait to read this.  I'll finally get to it this year. 
How the Scots Invented the World:  The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything In It by Arthur Herman
  • When I moved back from Scotland in 2008, I was incredibly sad about having to leave.  I picked this book up in an effort to help keep me tied to the country.  I couldn't bring myself to read it at that time, so I never cracked the spine, and then it got pushed further and further down on my TBR pile.  I'm going to remedy that this year! 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A fellow National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) participant, so I had to show her some love.  I've been excited to read this book for a long time.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
  • Rushdie is one of those writers who sticks with you.  After reading Midnight's Children, I sought out everything he had written.  This is his most controversial work and I am excited to read it.
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Number 5 in the 44 Scotland Street Series, I need to pick this one back up.  I plowed through the first four and loved every minute of them.  Bertie is calling my name :)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (audiobook)
  • For being a book giver for World Book Night 2014 (my third year participating), all givers received three free audiobooks from  This is one I chose and I've heard good things about it.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • I'm being superficial on this one...I originally chose to buy this book because of its cover.  For some reason I love the cover art.  It sounds good, too.
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  • I haven't been able to bring myself to read this yet.  I'm still, years later, obsessed with Harry Potter and I'm terrified that I will compare this book to those.  I will get over it and read this book!
Lies My Teacher Told Me:  Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen
  • I picked this up in a used bookstore for several reasons, but mainly because it sounded awesome.  I love history and I'm excited to finally read this book.
The Ghost Map:  The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
  • This book just sounds rad to me.  Again, tying into the history aspect, I'm also kind of intrigued by macabre things.  Put those together and I'm sold. 
I noticed a fairly distinct pattern of non-fiction books in this list.  I'm okay with that, though it definitely is not part of my normal repertoire.  All of these books are currently on my TBR bookshelf...double-stacked because I have a book buying habit (never a problem!).  What are some books you're looking to clear from your TBR pile?

Also, look for next week's post:  Book Cover Trends I Like/Dislike


  1. The Sisters Brothers is a terrific book--it was one of my favorite reads last year. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Excellent! I have been looking forward to reading it for a while :) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I LOVED Where'd You Go Bernadette--it was one of the best books I read last year! Hope you enjoy it!

    1. I've started the audiobook and am really enjoying it. I'm not sold on the narrator yet...


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