My Summer TBR + Summer Recs

Guys it’s June! It’s JUNE! It’s. Finally. Summer!

Which means, above all else, there’s more time to read. (Because, books.)

So to make a dent in my excessively long tbr for 2017, here’s ten books I’m promising myself I’m going to get to this summer. Hold me to it, guys.

There’s a short little rec list at the end of great books to read this summer as well. 🙂

Let’s get into it!

1. Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone a few months ago (my review is up here), and I’ve been dying to finish the series ever since. This series is the last one I have left unread of Bardugo’s, and she’s basically my favorite YA author ever, so I’ve been holding out, saving the rest of the Grisha trilogy for as long as physically possible. My self control is wearing out…

So of course book #2 is on my list.



2. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Obviously a continuation of the same thoughts above. 😉 Though I’m going to have such a hard time finishing it because I JUST CAN’T TAKE IT WHEN I FINISH SERIES’ OKAY?! (Especially Leigh Barudgo’s… *blubbers in the distance*)

I’m still super excited to finish the series, though, and finally find out what happens in the end!

The characters are all written so well, the plot is so fun, and the world is so vivid and beautiful that I can’t wait to return! 😉

So consider a visit back to Ravka in my future, yeah?

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


I would’ve read it months ago, but I’m one of those people who gets their books from the library and then buys them after once I know they’re really good, and the thing is, I hate it when all my memories of reading the book for the first time are stuck in a library copy I don’t own (and frankly, would rather not have—they’re a little gross!), and I’m almost positive I’m going to love Illuminae and so I want my own copy to read and have the memories in but I just can’t bring myself to do it so I’ve been waiting and waiting to pick it up or buy it and I’m so indecisive and now I’m out of breath and commas so I’ll stop.


I have problems.

(The excerpt I read, though, looked super promising, and from what I’ve heard, it’s amazing, so who knows? Maybe I’ll be brave and bold and idiotic.)

**UPDATE: Since writing this post, I’ve actually gotten my hands on Illuminae and finished it. (It was AWESOME. Consider my TBR in motion. ;))

4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Same case with Gemina. Though it’s not as stressful. (Sort of.) If I buy them, I would want to buy them both at once so I could move right on to the next one without waiting (because waiting stinks am I right?!) but I don’t want to buy the sequel if I end up hating the first one…

More indecision. More stress. End of story.

**UPDATE NO. 2: I’ve also bought Gemina in the meanwhile so that’s all inaccurate and outdated now. 🙈

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Nooo, I don’t want to see it because there’s a movie.

Nooo, I haven’t seen the movie.

Yes, I want to read it because I actually perused it and it’s pretty good so far.

The premise is what intrigues me, honestly, and I would love to expand my reading horizons by reading a contemporary (I’ve never read one whatttt???) and I can’t wait for this to be my first one. 🙂

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I actually own this one (a rare case of it’s-basically-a-classic-and-I-know-I’m-gonna-love-it-so-why-not-buy-it-and-be-brave-before-I-read-it) and I’ve had to force myself to put it aside for a little while to make room for some other books I wanted to review first, and also just to save the awesomeness.

Why am I so sure it’s going to be so great? I saw the movie.

YOU’RE CRINGING, I KNOW. And I know. It’s awful. But in my defense, I didn’t even know there was a book behind the movie until recently. It’s also been so long that I don’t even remember what the movie was about for the most part.

I’m still really excited anyway!

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I have a beautiful Barnes & Noble leatherbound copy of Jane Eyre that has just been sitting on my shelves for far too long.

(This book was actually on my TBR last year, if you remember.)


I’m actually super stoked to read this really weird gothic classic. (Gothic is weird to me, okay??)

And yes. I also saw the movie first. I’M SHAMEFUL I KNOW.

8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

First thing: here’s evidence that I don’t always judge books by their covers because to be honest this one is actually pretty ugly.

But anyway.

I read a sample of this at Barnes & Noble last month, and judging from the chapter I read, it’s going to be an amazing book. It looks so interesting, and I’m honestly so excited to see what the worldbuilding and culture is like!

I discovered it through fan art. AMAZING fan art. Don’t judge me.

9. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

It goes without saying that the sequel would be on the list, yeah?

I’m honestly so pumped to read these you have no idea. XD

10. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Ah, the thirteen hundred plus page sucker.

I’m so daunted by it… Like seriously.

It is probably three inches thick and I have to say, I’m no superhuman bookworm. IT. SCARES. ME.

I’ve been told the story, play, and movie are all extremely good, though, so I’m still very excited to start reading it, even if it is slightly terrorizing. The French Revolution is one of my favorite topics to study and read about, as well, and I’ve been holding off from watching the play/movie until after I’ve finished the book, so I’ve given myself some incentive? Maybe?

This baby is going to take months of work to read, but hopefully my gorgeous Penguin Deluxe edition will help me out (I unboxed it here).

Now it’s rec time, muhahahaha.

This is going to be a quick list because this post is already long enough, so here goes some of my favorite books to read in the summer!

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I have yet to review this one, but I read it last summer and IT WAS FABULOUS. It’s pretty action packed and romantic and was such a delight to read! Definitely worth the time spent on it.
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – I love this classic adventure story and have yet to finish the series, but it is a wonderful book to read in the summer when you can put some time into it!
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – I couldn’t very well make a rec list without some Austen in it, no? I absolutely adored Northanger Abbey when I read it last year, and it’s a really short, funny classic, which of course, I will always love. 🙂 It can be hard to sit down and read a classic in the summer because they’re usually long and sometimes dull, but this one is neither. 😉

And there you have it! I hope you found something new to read this summer!

xo, Marie