Ten on Tuesday: Books On My Summer To Be Read List

I awoke today with a small Ten on Tuesday crisis: Carole Knits, where I started getting prompts oh-so-long ago is taking a week off for an anniversary getaway (congrats to her!) and Roots and Rings, which I discovered only recently, has gotten out of the Ten on Tuesday business. So, as I did last time I found myself with no list to write, I turned to Google, which again did not fail me. I landed on Broke and Bookish, which does – as the blog title suggests – book-themed list prompts. Theirs are called “Top Ten on Tuesday” (extra alliterative goodness!) but I expect I’ll be forgiven for just sticking with my usual titling.

The prompt today – Books On My Summer To Be Read List – is a particularly easy one for me, as I spent some time on Sunday filling up my Kindle for my trip.

1. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – This is a bit of a cheat, as I am already almost halfway through it, but as it’s summer and it’s not complete, it still counts.

2. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I like to read a book that’s in some way about the place that I’m visiting, and Amazon led me to this adaptation of a Russian fairy take set in 1920s Alaska, which seemed perfect for my upcoming trip.

3. The Submission by Amy Waldman – I’ve been wanting to read this since I heard about it on the NY Times Book Review podcast. It’s a novel about the controversy that ensues when a 9/11 memorial design created by an American Muslim is selected in a blind competition, but it draws much of its inspiration from the treatment of Maya Lin, the Asian American woman who designed the (then-controversial) Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson – This is the “mostly true” memoir of a very funny blogger. The Amazon reviews recommend not reading it in public to avoid embarrassing outbursts of laughter, which sounds promising to me.

5. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg – I read a review of this earlier in the year and was intrigued to discover that my solo lifestyle may, in fact, be trendy. I know why I like living alone – it will be interesting to see what research says about it.

6. Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time by Claire Díaz-Ortiz – Yes, a work book. But who’s gonna have a beef with me wanting to change the world with my summer reading?

7. Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff – This has been off and on my list ever since I got back from Egypt a couple of years ago, and I’d really like to get it into the “read” column.

8. The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie – It feels just a bit wrong to  have had this on my to-read pile (and yes, it’s actually in a pile, as it’s a book-book, not an ebook) when I was saying just yesterday that Rushdie is one of my favorite writers. I have no idea why this has been collecting dust for so long.

9. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin – If (or when, I should say) I finish A Clash of Kings, I naturally will need to be ready to move into the next book in the series.

10. The Inn at Lake Devine and/or The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman – I don’t actually know what either of these books are about, but I borrowed them from my friend Alison, who recommended them highly, ages ago, and I really need to get them back to her one of these days.

What’s on your list for this summer? And is there anything you think I should be reading?

5 thoughts on “Ten on Tuesday: Books On My Summer To Be Read List

  1. Joanne June 20, 2012 / 6:26 am

    I don’t think I can come with ten, and of course my list will be depressingly devoid of fluff;

    I’d like to delude myself into thinking I’ll finish “The Romance of the Three Kingdoms” this summer.

    Here’s one fluff: City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

    Madeline Albright’s first memoir; I’m told it’s good for the working mom’s soul

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened can be another fluff one.

    And really? Four is all I can aspire to this summer…

  2. Eileen June 20, 2012 / 10:04 am

    1. I’d like to read a book about the War of 1812 – but I need a recommendation

    2. All the Presidents Men (Woodward & Bernstein)

    3. Bangkok 8

    4. Bosseypants (Tina Fey)

    5. Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness (Alexandra Fuller)

    6. Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

    7. Midnight Rising (Tony Horwitz)

    8. No Angel (Penny Vincenzi)

    9. Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follet)

    10. When a Crocodile Eats the Sun (Peter Godwin)

    There are 7 others on my list but let’s be honest, if I read half this list it will be a major accomplishment.

    • Sarah June 20, 2012 / 1:44 pm

      I asked for a War of 1812 book recommendation on Twitter, and this is the reply I got: “The Dawn’s Early Light” by Walter Lord. So, there you go.

      Also, I think I have Bossypants on Kindle. If you want to read it on the iPad I should be able to send it to you.

  3. Angela @ AJ Arndt Books Blog June 20, 2012 / 12:57 pm

    Let’s Pretend This Never Happened made its way onto my Top Ten this week too. I love to read funny.

  4. tanyaptee June 24, 2012 / 2:30 am

    A Storm of Swords is one I hope to get through this summer too – actually I hope to get all the way caught up … but these books are THICK! Hope you get to all your summer reads and enjoy them all 🙂

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