my summer to-read list (why do I even try?)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about our summer (or winter, depending on your location) TBR. Now, I don’t even know why I try with these to-read lists. I always pick books I’m dying to read, and when the season is over I’ve barely read 2 of them. However, I’m not willing to give up. So what am I going to read this summer?

Fullmetal Alchemist 3-in-1 edition volume 3 by Hiromu Arakawa
This contains volumes 7, 8, and 9 of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. I recently ordered 4 of the omnibuses because I want to start collecting those instead of the used single volumes I have now. I’ve already read volume 7, and can’t wait to read 8 and 9 as well.

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
This edition contains the first two volumes of Fruits Basket. Once again, I’ve read the first volume already and can’t wait to continue. It was so cute!

Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I requested this from the library, have had it for 2 months, and still haven’t read it. I really want to change that this summer. I’m feeling like reading epic fantasy at the moment. What’s better than fantasy with dragons and a sapphic relationship? NOTHING. Nothing is better than that.

Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3) by Becky Chambers
I finally bought a copy of this book in June, after wanting it ever since its release last year. It was always so expensive though, and I couldn’t bring myself to actually buy it. When I was in London, I spotted a copy with blue sprayed edges at Waterstones and knew it was time to get it.

Shortcake Cake Vol. 1 by Suu Morishita
I have no idea what this manga is about. I saw one of the YouTubers I’m subscribed to mention it as a series they’re currently reading and loving, so I had to buy it. The first two volumes are on their way to me, and I can’t wait.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
A hyped book I’ve been putting off for ages. Like I mentioned before, I’m in the mood to read SFF, which makes it a perfect time to give Scythe a try. If you’re unaware, this is about a society in which people don’t die unless their lives are ended by a scythe.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
In case my mood does a complete 180, I have some contemporary romances on this list as well. Love & Gelato is set in Florence, and follows a girl trying to learn more about her parents.

Our Dreams at Dusk Vol. 1 by Yhuki Kamatani
An LGBT+ coming-of-age manga! The description says, “In this realistic, heartfelt depiction of LGBT+ characters from different backgrounds finding their place in the world, a search for inner peace proves to be the most universal experience of all.”

Mango Summer by Agay Llanera
An adult contemporary this time around… This is set in San Antonio on a mango farm, where all the fruit goes sour for the first time in a century. According to a family legend, the only way to keep the mangoes sweet is for the women who run the farm to be married and bear children. If I’m not mistaken, it’s a romance between the 34-year-old owner of the farm, Fiona, and her best friend’s younger brother, who is 28.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin
I really want to continue this series. I read, and loved, the first book last year and don’t want to wait another 3 years to continue the trilogy. I’m not sure how to explain the storyline, or whether I should even try. It’s adult SFF, and everyone should read it. That’s all you really need to know.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this summer?

A Spring Wrap Up Rolls Into a Summer TBR

When I made my Spring TBR a few months ago, I said I’d install a new system of creating TBRs. I’ll stick with 10 books per season, on the TBR. I chose 10 books in the beginning, and I’ll only switch out those I’ve read by the end of the season. 

To show you what I mean, here were the 10 books I said I’d try and read during Spring. 

However, of those 10 books, I only read 2 #donotjudgemeplease. Here are the ones I read: 

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1) by Sara Raasch // 3.5 stars // I’m so glad I can say I’ve read this-because I only read it like a week ago. I enjoyed it, but it left me a bit underwhelmed to be honest. Most people have been absolutely raving about this book, so I had some expectations before going in. And while I liked it, it’s not something really special in my eyes. 

Air Awakens (Air Awakens #1) by Elise Kova // 4 stars // I really did enjoy this one. Again, I’ve seen many people rave about it -and the entire series so far really. I’m actually looking forward to continuing it. If you are interested in it, please don’t hesitate. The Kindle versions are sooo cheap. 

So because I’ve only read 2 out of the 10, the other 8 will stay on my TBR for the summer. I can only add 2 more to replace the ones I’ve read. 

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The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley // This book has been on my to-read list for sooooo long. Honestly, it’s sad I haven’t read this. I think I’ve actually owned this copy for a little less than a year. That’s so long.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson // Okay, I love Brandon Sanderson, but I’ve only read 2 of his books. Therefore, 2 of his other books are on this list. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book, but I haven’t picked it up because the book is so long, and I haven’t had time for that commitment. 

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima // Again, this has been on my shelf for so long. I think maybe even 2 years. Sigh, that’s so sad. But I’ve heard good things about it for years, and I think I’m just afraid to be disappointed. 

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1) by Ryan Graudin // This is another case of being scared of the hype. I’ve seen raving reviews about this for months. And I know I’ll probably love it. Yet I haven’t picked it up yet. 

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2) by Brandon Sanderson // I started this series so long ago. I think even in 2013 or 2014? And I absolutely loved it. But I haven’t continued yet. I have noooooo idea why. I mean, I absolutely LOVED the first one! 

The Queen of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen // This book is another one of those which many people love. When it was released, everyone went crazy over it because it already had a movie deal with Emma Watson I believe? I’m not sure about that, but I think I heard it back then. Yet I still haven’t read it. Oops.

The Black Company (Companies of the Black Company #1) by Glen Cook // I’ve tried to start this one multiple times since I bought it, but the beginning always confuses me horribly! 20 pages in, I still have no clue what’s going on, who is who, etc. It’s really discouraging. 

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson // This seems like such an inspiring and funny read. I actually want to listen to the audio book for this one, because Jenny Lawson narrates it herself. 

Royal Assassin (Farseer #2) by Robin Hobb // I read my first Robin Hobb book, Assassin’s Apprentice, this year. I actually have the entire trilogy already, so I want to continue this soon.

Age of Myth (Legends of the First Empire #1) by Michael J. Sullivan // Michael Sullivan is one of my favorite fantasy authors, so of course I have to read his new release this season. I can’t wait to dive into this one!


So as you’ve seen, I’ve only added 2 books to my TBR for the summer: Age of Myth and Royal Assassin. This way, I’m still committing to the books I wanted to read in spring, but never got to. 

My Summer Wrap Up | A Seasonal TBR Win?

SUMMER IS OVER. Isn’t that horrible news? I don’t hate fall or winter, but it is the return of the new academic year that scares me. As always, at the start of the season, I made a TBR – which you can find here. And as you may remember, it is always my goal to read at least half of every seasonal TBR. Which up until now, I had never succeeded in doing. BUT NO MORE. I DID IT! 

 Summer TBR

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So this was my summer TBR! I didn’t end up reading all of them, but I did read more than half! YAY ME! So let’s see which ones I actually ended up reading. 

What I Read (2)

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Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard – ★★★★★ // I finally read the first book in this famous trilogy. I know, I’m so far behind on the trend. But I really enjoyed it! It actually took me by surprise. I still have to write a review on this one. But I’m wondering whether anyone would want to read it, because it’s such a well-known book it has hundreds of reviews already written.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – ★★★★★ // I actually don’t really know what to say on this one. I absolutely loved it. So I’ll just revert you to the review I’ve written on it (here). 

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – ★★★½ // I read this one at the beginning of the month. I actually only now remember that it was my goal to read 2 classics this year. One to go! I don’t know about this one. I liked it, but I was disappointed at the same time. I haven’t written a review on it yet, but I definitely want to do so!

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Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry – ★★★★ // A giant yes to this great contemporary novel by Katie McGarry. I already really enjoyed her Pushing the Limits series, so I knew I’d probably like this. I have written a full review on it, so go check that out if you want! I would recommend her books if you’re looking for YA contemporary.

The Master Magician (Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg – ★★★★ // I’m really glad I read this and finished the trilogy! It’s a really fun YA fantasy, really easy to get into. I really enjoyed the final book –even though the main character had me shaking my head a few times– and I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us next. 

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – ★★★★½ // I feel most proud of this one. Why? Because this book is a beast. It’s really intimidating! I highly enjoyed it, even though I have a few remarks regarding Denna –the main love interest, I guess


So this is my summer wrap up! As I said, I’m actually really proud of myself. It’s the first time I’ve succeeded in reading half of my seasonal TBR. How did your summer TBR work out? Have you read any of these books, or the ones I didn’t get to? Let me know!