Top Ten Books On My Summer (sort of) TBR List

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic requires a little revising around here. I should call it Top Ten Books On My Monsoon TBR List, because summer is finally dwindling to that much awaited end. When it stops being so excruciatingly hot and at last rains, I’d cuddle with a blanket and a cuppa, and spend my time reading:

Books I’ve bought recently, but haven’t got around to reading:

1. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – The book is apparently about the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. I’m a sucker for Troy retellings. When I read that Rowling recommended the book, I had to buy it!

2. Farthing by Jo Walton – After I read Tooth and Claw by Walton, I was recommended this, and I jumped at the chance of reading an alternate history novel.

3. Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett – I have loved the Moist von Lipwig books so far (Going Postal and Making Money) and can’t wait to read about the new trains in Discworld.

Classics that would make the perfect rainy weather + stuck inside the house reads. 

4. Persuasion by Jane Austen – I just got this from the library. I’ve only read one Austen and I can’t wait to be surprised by her all over again.

5. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I want to tackle this monster this year, before I start college again, and now seems like the perfect time. I read Anna Karenina in a month, so two should do for this, what do you think?

New-ish books that seem promising

6. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – Does she still really keep up with the penname? Either way, anything by J.K. Rowling is a auto-buy for me. Cuckoo’s Calling was interesting, and I can’t wait to meet the Strike + Robin duo again.

7. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King – I’m on the fence about this one. While Stephen king is one of those authors I have to buy, I have quit gory horror, so I might just buy it and put it away for next year. Though I probably won’t be able to resist reading it once I have it .

8. A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie – When this came out a couple of months ago, the publisher’s Facebook page kept bragging and swooning about it and I’ve been meaning to get this book ever since.

Books everyone else has read that I really need to catch up on. 

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Okay, there’s only one book here. Honestly, with books that have so much hype, it’s an effort to keep no expectations, but I’m going to try.

Short Stories

10. Short stories – Collections, anthologies and e-zines as many as I can read. This is a genre(?) I haven’t explored nearly enough, but am very interested in.

What about you? Which of these have you read and liked? And what are your reading plans for the next few months?

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Books On My Summer (sort of) TBR List”

  1. Nice list, Priya! Nice to see Austen and Tolstoy there. I tried reading 'War and Peace' a couple of times and gave up both times – the second time I had finished one part and so it was really nice. Need to get back to it one of these days. Which translation are you reading – the Constance Garnett one or the recent Pevear / Volokhonsky one? Happy reading!


  2. Vishy – I do hope I finish it: now I'm worried I won't, even before I've started! The book I have is translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude. I just went through the introduction, it says they knew him personally. I hope it's one of the better translations, it didn't occur to me to check before!


  3. I just started Mr. Mercedes and from what I've read, it's supposed to be more of a detective mystery than supernatural horror. I also started War and Peace back in May, but I keep putting it aside to read other books so it will probably take me the rest of the year to finish it. Very good book, though. 🙂


  4. ebookclassics- So two months to read War and Peace is a very high aim, I expect. But I do want to give it a go, I loved Anna Karenina. Thanks for the heads up about Mr Mercedes, I assumed it was conventional horror, am so glad it's not! 🙂


  5. Persuasion was good, not the greatest of hers, in my opinion, but well worth reading. I'm looking forward to reading the Silkworm as well, as I enjoyed the first one. But yeah, I agree, the pen name isn't really a pen name anymore.

    Erin @


  6. I've read War & Peace (I don't remember which translation) and Persuasion but none of the others. I'm way behind on my Discworld reading. I need to pick up a few.


  7. Erin – I picked Persuasion at random, but the plan is to read as many of her books as I can, anyway – so I'll get around to the great ones too. 🙂

    Divers and Sundry – I'm not close to finishing the Discworld series, either, but I don't even want to any time soon!


  8. I like the categories. I might check out Fangirl soon. Good luck with War and Peace. I've definitely tried and failed with that big boy.


  9. Hehe war and peace is always on my to read list too :p I'm reading poetry these days. Compilations of medieval literature. Beautiful I must say!


  10. LBC – I started War and Peace, and already forty pages in it feel like nothing's happened. It's my new personal challenge, I do hope I'll keep reading it! Glad you stopped by. 🙂

    Midnight scribbles – Wow, do recommend!! 🙂


  11. That's a lovely list. War and Peace was tough for me though, it seemed like people just kept talking and talking and nothing happened. Plus, too many characters. I dropped it after reading about 50 pages and I am not sure I"ll pick it up again 😦


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