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Top Ten Tuesday List: Summer Reading 2015

Top Ten Tuesdays are a fun meme, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The idea is to  feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. What a neat way to find new and interesting books on all sorts of topics. Good way to discover bloggers who love the sorts of books you do, too.

Check out The Broke and The Bookish for their top ten and lists of other bloggers who participate! And maybe give it a try, yourselves.

The subject for June 16 is:  Top Ten Books On My Summer 2015 Reading List. Since I’ll be home recovering from foot surgery through all of August and probably into September, I might actually make some progress on these. So without further ado, here’s my list:

blue lily

1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. This is the third book in The Raven Cycle series, which I adore. The first two books were among my favorite reads of the last couple of years, but then again, Maggie Steifvater is one of my very favorite writers, too. I’ve been taunting myself with this one for weeks, but saving it for some quiet, uninterrupted reading time.


2. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. This is the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a very creepy, totally bizarre book that I couldn’t explain to you if I tried. But don’t worry. There are photos. Really weird photos. Sort of like this one on the cover of Hollow City. I really liked the first story, and am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

kings mountain

3. King’s Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb. Most people who know me at all, know how much I love the Appalachian mountains. I’ve read nearly every Sharyn McCrumb book out there, because she writes about them so beautifully, and can’t wait to read this. They often have an element of supernatural to them, be it a wandering ghost or two, or a character with The  Sight. But not always. This one focuses on the Revolutionary War battle of King’s Mountain, a site I’ve visited, myself. I have no idea what the story line will be, but it’s Sharyn McCrumb. Good enough for me.


4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I first discovered Brandon Sanderson with his novel The Alloy of Law. I enjoyed that book so much, I went back and read the earlier series it’s part of, The Mistborn Trilogy. Loved that, too. So I’m now working my way through all  of his books, and this one is Book 1 of the Stormlight Archive. I’m sold on Sanderson.

ink and bone

5. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I loved Rachel Caine’s Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season spinoff. I loved her YA Morganville Vampires series. Didn’t get into the Working Stiff one, but this book sounds like the start of something big. It deals with the great library of Alexandria, and the premise sounds loaded with possibilities. Can’t wait.

the veil

6. The Veil by Chloe Neill. I haven’t yet read a lot about this one, but frankly, Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series is so darn good, I’ll give anything she writes a chance. Two words: Ethan Sullivan. Best vampire, EVER. So come August, I’ll be finding out what the Veil is all about.


7. Make Me by Lee Child. Jack Reacher. Enough said


8. Crucible Zero by Devon Monk. Started reading Devon Monk’s House Immortal series, and found it very entertaining. I won’t try to explain the complicated premise, except to say the main characters are made up of Pieces/Parts…kind of like  Frankenstein, or maybe chicken nuggets, whichever you prefer. 🙂 It’s not quite as icky as it sounds, and I’m quite looking forward to this next volume.

color of magic

9. The Entire Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett. After discovering the  Wee, Free Men a year or so ago, I knew I wanted to read more of Pratchett’s famous Discworld series, and I’ve finally started. I’m on The  Wyrd Sisters, which is Book 6, and plan to keep on reading straight through. Yes, all 763 books. Or so. 🙂 Hilarious beyond belief. I’m very fond of Rincewind, Death, and maybe most of all, The Luggage. A concept that makes me laugh every time it trundles onto the page, using all it’s teeny-tiny feet. Not to be missed. (Not that I’ll finish the whole series this summer, you  understand. But I plan to make a good dent in it.

aeronauts windlass

10. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim  Butcher. Saved the best for last! You can’t have spent much time around here and not know that Butcher’s Dresden Files series is my favorite Urban Fantasy series of all time. Jim Butcher RULES. And Jim Butcher plus Steampunk? I’ve died and gone to heaven! (Even though this new series has no doubt slowed down the next Dresden book. But if it’s as good as I’m guessing, I’ll try to forgive him. )

And there you have it. Hope you find something new and interesting to check out.

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday List: Summer Reading 2015

  1. I like Devon Monk, except for the fact that her books are always impossible to get from the library. I need to start on that series…

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    • I don’t care for her most popular one, the Allie Beckstrom series, but I LOVED her Age of Steam books (though she’s left us hanging), and I really like this one. Very unusual. (And see…I did it! Top Ten Tuesday. Who’d-a thunk?)


  2. shegyes on said:

    I have not read any of the ones listed on your list. However, I am looking forward to the new Jim Butcher book and will get it as soon as I can. 🙂

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    • I’d never miss anything Jim Butcher writes, Skye. Can’t wait for this one. You might check out some of the others, particularly The Raven Cycle books. Maggie Stiefvater’s writing is divine. I want to be HER when I grow up. 🙂 Thanks for reading.


      • shegyes on said:

        I just finished reading the Scorpio Races by her the other day, but you’re right. I need to check out her other books. I haven’t read all of the Dresden books or thw Codex Alera series either. I’ll get there someday.

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        • The Scorpio Races is one of my very favorite books. Oh, how I loved Puck and Sean Kendrick, and those horses. Such a dark but beautiful story, and her writing is simply divine.

          I read Codex Alera a few months ago, while waiting for the next Dresden book. I wouldn’t EVER miss one of those, no matter what. I’ve been a fan of Harry Dresden since book one, and the way Butcher has let him and his world grow has been a fantastic experience. Oh, the things he has done! And all while striving to do the RIGHT thing. I love him. Butcher is a GOD among writers. And in a way, I’m glad there was a delay between books, because I discovered I really enjoy pure fantasy, too. Codex Alera, which I had steadfastly ignored for years, turned out to be super fun. Now I read Fantasy as well as Urban Fantasy, thanks to JB.

          Just realized I don’t have a copy of Scorpio Races on my bookshelves.
          A neighbor borrowed it, then moved away with it. 😦 I am going to order a new copy today, for my MS shelf.


  3. Patty B on said:

    I have really been out of the loop – I did not realize you had foot surgery. I trust all is going well with your recuperation? Nice long list of summer reads sure to keep you out of trouble this summer! 🙂 How are you books coming along?

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    • Sorry to mislead you. Haven’t had the surgery yet. It’s scheduled for July 31st, because I had bookings for signings and presentations through mid-July. They’ll be putting in a steel pin in this foot, too, and the recuperation will run 4 to 6 weeks, so pretty much all of August for sure, and possibly into September.

      I have finished Finding Hunter (the sequel to Swamp Ghosts) and it is in edit, even as we speak. Aiming for a September publication date. I’ll be starting #3 in the Wake-Robin Ridge series, Harbinger, very soon. 😀 Writing like a thing possessed, I am! And loving it.

      Nice to see you here today, Patty. Hope you enjoyed the list of books I’ve got waiting for me. (There are quite a few more, but since it’s not Top Forty Tuesday, I stopped with these.) 😀


      • Patty B on said:

        I will mark down that date and keep you lifted in prayer. You are one busy gal and so proud of you. You have a wonderful gift for writing that is for sure. I will have to get your book – although I am starting to utilize my library again, there are just some authors you have to have in your own personal library and you are one of them!! Blessings for a easy surgery and quick recovery!


  4. Reblogged this on The Write Stuff and commented:

    My first time taking part in Top Ten Tuesday yesterday. It’s fun!! Hope some of you see a book or two you’d like to try.


  5. Looks like a great list—best of luck with your surgery and your reading!

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    • Thanks, Marcia! I’ve been so swamped lately, I’m almost looking forward to some extended time in the Comfy Chair. 🙂 Nice to see you here today. Hope all is well with you!


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