Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Plan to Read This Summer

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (This can also serve as your summer TBR).  My plans for summer reading are a combination of cleaning out the old and getting a jump on the new.  I have several ARCs that I would like to get to this summer, but I also have several older releases that I’ve been wanting to read for months and in some cases, even a year or more.  (I think one or two of these books were probably on last year’s summer TBR too, but shhhhhh.)  I’m sure I’ll read more than these 10, but as of this moment (subject to change based on my mood), these are my ten priority reads for this summer.


Top 10 Books I Plan to Read This Summer


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1. RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo

(I flew through the first two books in the Grishaverse trilogy but then got distracted by others books.  I need to get moving again and wrap up this fabulous series.)


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2. VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

(The second book in this series comes out soon, so I really need to get this one read before then. I’ve adored every book of Schwab’s that I’ve read so I don’t even know what I’m waiting for.)


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3. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware

(This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now. I read and loved my first Ruth Ware book last month, so this is now a priority.)


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(A summer 2018 release that I’m looking forward to starting soon.)


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5. THE MERMAID by Christina Henry

(Another Summer 2018 release that I was just approved for and can’t wait to start.)


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(And one more Summer 2018 release that I can’t wait to get to.)


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7. DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING by Tricia Levenseller

(This has been on my TBR for well over a year now and I just keep putting it off.  I’m determined to get it off my backlist this summer.)


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8. TO KILL A KINGDOM by Alexandra Christo

(One of my most anticipated releases of 2018 and yet somehow I still haven’t read it 3 months after it was published.  Time to do something about that.)


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(Another of my most anticipated 2018 reads that has been sitting on my shelf for 3 months now.)


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10. LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

(After falling in love with More Than We Can Tell, I really want to backtrack and read Letters to the Lost, which has been on my TBR for over a year now.)


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Question:  What are your priority reads for this summer?

48 replies
  1. Imyril
    Imyril says:

    Ooh good selection. I’m intrigued by The Mermaid (and as for Daughter of a Pirate King, well hello and hooray, pirates!)

  2. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    DotPK is so much fun. That’s a great summer read. Letters to the Lost was fabulous. It made me want to read more from Kemmerer. Charlotte Walsh looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see what you think.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I think Letters to the Lost is the one I’m most looking forward to off this list. I fell hard for More Than We Can Tell.

  3. Verushka
    Verushka says:

    Ahhh, so many news ones here! I hope you enjoy Children of Blood and Bone — hands down one of the most excellent reads for me this year! BUt I do know how easy it is for books to sit on the shelves while you go off reading something else — I do it all the time!

  4. Sara @ Forever 17 Books
    Sara @ Forever 17 Books says:

    Ruin and Rising and Letters to the Lost!!!!!!! OMG I hope you love them both! I really should have added Children of Blood and Bone to my list too. I still haven’t gotten around to it yet either.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I thought I was the only one who still hadn’t gotten around to Children of Blood and Bone yet. I’m glad I’m not alone after all, lol.

  5. Marissa
    Marissa says:

    I just saw the Mermaid on my preapproved list too! So excited… and I really enjoyed To Kill a Kingdom – hope you enjoy your summer list!

  6. Angela
    Angela says:

    Letters to the Lost was so good! I hope you enjoy it! The Mermaid and To Kill a Kingdom are two I want to get to eventually, as well.

  7. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    You’re not alone of repeating some of *last* year’s summer TBR! LOL
    Oh boy, seeing Ruin & Rising is a huge reminder that I need to continue with the Grisha trilogy. I read Shadow & Bone last year and totally enjoyed and yet for some reason I still haven’t read the next book (even though it’s sitting *right there* on my shelf). Count me in for To Kill a Kingdom. I was so excited for it that I even special ordered the UK copy from Book Depository because I wanted the paperback version. And yet there it sits. Letters to the Lost… loved that one. Rev was so precious and I can’t wait to read More Than We Can Tell.

  8. ShootingStarsMag
    ShootingStarsMag says:

    I don’t have The Mermaid but I do really want to read it. It sounds great. I also need to read Vicious, which I own. I’m currently reading (Finally) A Conjuring of Light and I’m loving it so I’m sure I’ll read lots more Schwab this summer. haha I’d like to read In a Dark Dark Wood at some point too. 🙂


  9. Annemieke
    Annemieke says:

    Oeh The Daughter of the Pirate King sounds so good but I haven’t gotten around to buying it yet. To Kill a Kingdom was a great read. And I totally feel you on not having read your most anticipated releases yet. Story of my life haha.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m so glad to hear that about Vicious. I’ve loved everything else of Schwab’s that I’ve read so I’m super excited to finally get to that one.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m so glad to hear you loved To Kill a Kingdom. I’m really excited to read that one. Just got it from the library so hoping to start it this week 🙂

  10. Lily
    Lily says:

    I cannot wait to read The Mermaid myself, I love the sound of it. I want to read Letters to the Lost soon as well.

  11. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight says:

    Yeah I can’t plan a tbr too much since mood reading just swoops in and messes it all up lol. I haven’t read any of these except Vicious, but I’ve heard great things about a lot of them! I hope you end up liking them!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Same. This one is very tentative and if it’s like last year, half of them will still be on my TBR this time next year.

  12. Literary Feline
    Literary Feline says:

    These all sound good, Suzanne. The only one I have read is In a Dark, Dark Wood, which I enjoyed and hope you will too. I have another of Ware’s books on my e-reader I need to get to. The Mermaid is one I am really hoping to read at some point as are many of the other titles you mention. I hope you get to all of these!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I’m glad to hear you enjoyed In a Dark, Dark Wood. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it so I’m excited to finally get to it.

  13. Christy LoveOfBooks
    Christy LoveOfBooks says:

    I haven’t read any of those, but half of them I do want read. I have been doing a bit of cleaning out the backlog too, especially with different series I’m behind on.

  14. Sophia Rose
    Sophia Rose says:

    Holy Cow! You’ve got a boomer of a list there. I love to make lists like this and plan ahead, but I’ve also learned that I have to be flexible if the mood takes me down a different direction. LOL Hopefully, you’ll do better at keeping to the list than I do. 🙂

  15. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    This is a great list! I need to produce my own – for me as much as anyone else… Especially as I finally complete my teaching commitments in another three weeks:)). I also have acquired Children of Blood and Bone – that cover is too good to resist! I hope you enjoy your reads and look forward to hearing what you make of them!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Children of Blood and Bone will definitely be one of the first ones I tackle from this list. I’ve heard too many good things to put it off any longer.

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