Monday, June 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana at The Artsy Reader Girl.


This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (aka my Summer TBR List). The chances of me reading by the pool or the beach this summer are very slim, but there are a number of books I would like to get to this summer. Of course, being on this list is no guarantee I will get to them, but I do want to read them sooner than later!


1.  Suicide Club by Rachel Heng ~ If you could live forever, would you want to? This novel, set in the near future, is about a woman who has that chance if she does everything right. Only, her estranged father's appearance in her life can change everything. He is part of a Suicide Club that believes immortality is not worth striving for when instead you can live (and die) on your own terms. This one sounds like it will be thought provoking.



2. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover ~  A book about a troubled marriage, infertility, and two imperfect people who share the perfect love. This will be my first by Colleen Hoover. I have heard this is an emotional and good read. I hope so!



3. The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis ~ A dual time line novel set in New York City, fifty years apart. Working in an information booth at Grand Central Terminal, Virginia comes across the remenants of a long ago art school, and a masterful painting whose story she must know. Years past, Clara's future lay in front of her, full of promise, as she began teaching at the Grand Central School of Art. I love a good historical fiction novel and have high hopes for this one.



4. Silent Hearts by Gwen Florio ~ A novel about the growing friendship between two women, an American journalist and her Pakastani interpreter, in war torn Kabul. I look forward to reading this book about two strong women living in such difficult times.



5. Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne ~ This book had me at the opening lines of the synopsis (and maybe the comparison to The Princess Bride, which I loved, and Terry Pratchett, who I know I will love when I get around to reading his books):
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdon, a hero, the Chosen One, was born . . . and so begins every fairytale ever told.
This is not that fairytale.
There is mention of fine cheese and an assassin afraid of chickens . . . This sounds like it will be fun.



6. The Sunflower Girl by Rosanna Chiofalo ~ A dual time line novel set in Italy during World War II and the present, this novel about a mother and daughter, love and loss, forgiveness and hope.  One of my favorite types of books.



7. Room Service (Inkeepers, #3) by Rochelle Alers ~ Set in New Orleans, this novel takes us into the life of a woman who is starting over after a failed marriage as she learns to love and trust again. This sounds like the perfect beach read.



8. The Locksmith's Daughter by Karen Brooks ~ I do enjoy historical fiction from time to time, and I cannot resist this one, about Queen Elizabeth's spymaster and his female protégée. (As my husband groans at another "daughter" in the title book).



9. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua ~ A novel about immigration, motherhood, identity, and so much more. A timely and poignant sounding novel.



10. Tail of the Dragon (Zodiace Mystery, #3) by Connie di Marco ~ This is a fun cozy mystery series featuring an astrologer. In this one, the main character goes undercover in a law firm at the request of a client to find out who is behind death threats being made, which is followed by murder.



Have you read any of these? Are they on your to read list too? What books do you hope to read this season?


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  1. I'm looking forward to reading All Your Perfects. I'm hoping it's a moving read. Good luck with your TBR! My TTT

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    1. Chrissi - Thank you! All Your Perfects sounds like it will be--I hope so too. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Kill the Farm Boy sounds like an insanely fun read. Will have to check that one out. Happy reading! :)

    My TTT

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    1. Lianne - I think so too! I can't wait to read Kill the Farm Boy. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I've never heard of these books before. The cover for Kill the Farm boy is my favorite! Hope you enjoy the books!

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    1. Elle - Isn't that a fun cover? I really like it too. There's just something about it that draws the eye. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Oh, I think I guaranteed The Masterpiece on Penguin's First to Read...so I will definitely be reading it this summer.

    Hope you enjoy all the books when you find the time to read them and have a great week. - Katie

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    1. Katie - I hope we both enjoy The Masterpiece! It sounds irresistible. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Suicide Club is new to me, but I love the premise! I may have to get that one.

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    1. Greg - I like the premise of Suicide Club as well. I am looking forward to giving that one a try. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. I don't read a lot of cozies, but I like to have some read for reading slumps. The Zodiace Mystery series sounds like it might be good fun. Thanks!
    my top ten tuesday

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    1. Louise - I have been more into cozies the last couple of years, although I've always read them--just not as much. I don't know if it is me liking them more or I'm just finding more I like. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Awesome list! I can't wait to see what you think of Sunflower Girl! :)

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    1. Erica - Thank you! I am really looking forward to Sunflower Girl. I have heard great things about it.

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  8. Kill the Farm Boy sounds like such a fun read. I hope you enjoy it. I might have to read it this summer, too. :)

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. Atilbe - I think so too! I am eager to read it. If you do, I hope you enjoy Kill the Farm Boy as well!

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  9. I rarely stick to my lists so I know exactly what you mean. You have a nice variety to read.

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    1. Kathy - Yes, I am terrible about sticking to lists too. They are fun to make though, aren't they? Haha

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  10. Kill the Farm Boy sounds fun and I love Terry Pratchett so this sounds right up my alley! I hope you get around to reading this one!

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    1. Eustacia - I really need to give Terry Pratchett's books a try one of these days. I am excited about Kill the Farm Boy.

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  11. I love the cover of The Suicide Club and really want to read the Zodiac Mysteries soon. Great list!

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    1. Barb - I really like The Suicide Club cover too. I hope you enjoy the Zodiac Mysteries! Thanks for visiting.

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  12. I'm familiar with a couple of these, but have not read any of them. I saw Connie di Marco at last year's mystery conference. Meant to start that series, but you know how it goes. I've also read a bit about The Masterpiece and find the description very interesting. I would likely try that one.

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    1. Kay - Yes, I know all too well how that goes. :-) So many books and too little time. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Kudos to for picking out titles that aren't just the newest hyped shiny ones! I haven't heard of any of these, but now I have a whole bunch to check out further and see which fit.

    By the way, your opinion on Summer pool or beach reads is a bit heavier than the fluff I would call "beachy" reads, lol!

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    1. Rita - It's nice to give attention to some of the lesser known books. :-) If you do give any of these a try, I hope you enjoy them! Hopefully I will too!

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  14. Love your list! I totally want to read Silent Hearts and Kill the Farm Boy. :D

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    1. Lark - Thank you! I hope we both read and love them. :-)

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  15. I've not read any of these yet, but All Your Perfects and The Masterpiece are on my TBR. Hope you enjoy all of your summer reads :)

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    1. Suzanne - Thank you! I hope you enjoy All Your Perfects and The Masterpiece as well!

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  16. I haven't added any of these to my tbr...yet. I am seriously considering a few of them though. Kill the Farm Boy sounds great and The Masterpiece sounds like it would be worth a read. I still need to try Hoover's writing. Maybe this will be the book?!

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    1. Carole - There are too many tempting choices out there, aren't there? Hopefully these will all be good. Thank you for visiting!

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  17. Nice list. I have All Your Perfects to read next.

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  18. I'm really looking forward to The Masterpiece. It looks gorgeous! Kill the Farm Boy is intriguing. I haven't heard of it before but I want to know more about any book even vaguely compared to Princess Bride. The Sunflower Girl and Room Service both intrigue me and the covers are both gorgeous! I read the first 2 of the Connie di Marco series and really enjoyed them. I need to get the 3rd. Enjoy your reading!

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    1. Katherine - I am excited about The Masterpiece too. So far I have been hearing good things about it. Hopefully we will agree! I have only read the first di Marco book, but enjoyed it. I can't resist the San Francisco setting.

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  19. All the books sound good to me. I hope you'll enjoy them if you get to them, Wendy.

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    1. Melody - I hope I will too! Thanks for visiting, Melody. :-)

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  20. I haven't read any of those. I hope you enjoy them. Happy reading!

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    1. Eli - I hope I do too! Thank you for stopping by!

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  21. They ALL look inviting, but which one do you think you'll start with, Wendy?

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    1. Donna Marie - I am not sure which I will read first. I have a long list of other books in addition to these. Haha

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  22. I haven't read any of these yet! The Sunflower Girl looks very interesting though.

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    1. Evelina - Hopefully these will all be good. I'm excited about them all. :-)

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  23. Nice list! I haven't read any of these but A River of Stars is on my TBR too. I hope we both enjoy it :)

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    1. Sim - Thank you! I hope we both enjoy A River of Stars too!

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  24. All Your Perfects and the Sunflower Girl sound interesting. The books I absolutely have to read don't come out until September so I'm just reading what sounds interesting at the moment until then.

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    1. Brooke - There's some freedom in that. :-) I hope you enjoy what you do read this summer!

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  25. There's some great-looking books here, none of which I remember spotting before! I like the sound of Suicide Club, Silent Hearts and A River Of Stars. Thanks for sharing these :-)

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    1. Stephanie Jane - I hope you like them if you give them a try! Hopefully I will too. :-)

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  26. I haven't thought about a summer reading list yet but I'm finally at a point where I'm caught up with review books and I can finally look at my own books so I may put a list together yet. Looks like you have a nice variety for the summer!

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    1. Lisa - My eyes are already straying to other books I have waiting for me. I'm so bad about sticking to lists. LOL

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  27. I love the cover of Silent Hearts! 💜

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