This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is summer-themed, which seems appropriate considering how warm its been recently (cue thunderstorms and torrential rain, I know you Britain), but I’m not co-ordinated enough to read summery books in the summer. My reading trends are haphazard at best. I’m more of an ‘oh look, a book’ kind of reader which means I’ll pick up absolutely anything regardless of the season (unless its Christmas, I feel weird reading Christmas-themed books at other times of the year). Last year I took an eclectic mix of books across the ocean with me when I travelled to Crete, and although I’m not off anywhere sunny this year, I thought I’d pick the 10 reads I would take if I was.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in either by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.
1. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I’ve been in love with Amy Poehler ever since Parks & Recreation. I just think she’s an incredibly talented and witty woman, and I can’t get enough of her!
2. A Manual For Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
I’m doing a creative writing course, and I write short stories so my summer reading needs to include a few collections. I just started it, and I am loving it so far.
3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Heartless has been stuck under my bed for a while now. I’m hoping to crack it open once all my uni work is out the way. I love the idea of retellings and alternate viewpoints, so its right up my street.
4. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
I can’t get away from this book. It crops up everywhere and I caved and bought it a few weeks ago. I love books that play with local myths and superstitions. The blurb reminds me of a book I read as a teenager, The Fearful by Kevin Gray which I really enjoyed.
5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Every review I’ve read for this book has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m a big fan of books with unusual names (sometimes that’s all I need to pick it up) and this definitely draws me in. I’m really interested in routines and rituals, and how they dictate everyday life, so I think this will be a great read!
6. The Impossible Fortess by Jason Rekulak
The blurb for this book sounds like a more light-hearted version of the film Stand By Me, but I might be wrong. A group of young boys go on a quest to find a Playboy magazine that will change their lives for ever. I read one of Rekulak’s short stories in a anthology edited by Stephen Chbosky a few years ago and liked his writing style, so I’m interested to see how it translates to a longer story.
7. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne
I don’t know if it’s slipped your notice but I’m Welsh. I know, I hardly mention it at all. But the cat’s out of the bag. Most people probably don’t want to read about their home when they go away, but I’m stupidly proud of Wales and this book sounds so delightfully quirky that if I was going anywhere this year, I’d have to take it with me.
8. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
There is so much love on the internet for this series of books, and I’m not entirely sure how I missed out on it? It has everything you could possibly want in a swash-buckling fantasy adventure. I nearly kicked myself for not buying the series in a shop a couple of weeks back, but university reading has to take priority. I know I’ll binge-read it as soon as my work is done.
9. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I’ve never read a Neil Gaiman book. I know, it’s shocking. But the premise of this book sounds so intriguing, and I like that reality and myth seem to blend together. So I’m hoping to pick it up soon!
10. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
I started following her on Twitter a couple of months ago and she is so on point all of the time! Child stars are such an interesting phenomenon. There’s only a handful of people who know what its like to grow up in the spotlight, and she is one of them.