Tuesday, June 16, 2015

top ten tuesday: summer 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish, where each week we post a different themed list about the bookish lifestyle! This week's theme is "June 16: Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer 2015." I've always read more during the summer, from when I was really small, and this summer is no different. There are a ton more than just ten books that I want to read, but here are the ones that are at the top of my list!

1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

2. The Kiss Of Deception – Mary E. Pearson
A princess must find her place in a reborn world.
She flees on her wedding day.
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

3. The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

4. The Girl at Midnight – Melissa Grey
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known.
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act.
Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

5. Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles #2) – Amanda Hocking
(spoilers for book one!) Bryn Aven refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm…and the glittering palace of the Skojare.
The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal enemy that’s been threatening the Kanin, and Bryn is there to help. Being half Skojare herself, it’s also a chance for her to learn more about her lost heritage. Her boss, Ridley Dresden, is overseeing her mission, but as their undeniable attraction heats up, their relationship is about to reach a whole new level—one neither of them is prepared for.
As they delve deeper into the Skojare world, they begin to unravel a long-hidden secret. The dark truth about her own beloved Kanin kingdom is about to come to light, and it will change her place in it forever…and threaten everyone she loves.

6. Love, Fortunes and Other Disasters– Kimberly Karalius
Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.
Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.
Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

7. Saint Anything – Sarah Dessen
Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?
Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

8. The Wrath and the Dawn – Renee Ahdieh
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

9. Crimson Bound – Rosamund Hodge
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

10. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

I'm so excited for these and many other books! I can't wait to see what the rest of the summer brings :) 

What books are on your lists this week?



  1. Nice list! I have barely heard of most of them. Thanks for sharing!

    My TTT

    1. I'm glad if I introduced some new reads to you! Thanks for your comment, Casey :)

  2. Great list!
    Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore sounds like a really cool read and i've wanted to pick it up for a while. Kiss of Deception I HAVE to read this summer because it's been sitting on my shelf almost a year and I really really want to read it.
    I definitely recommend Saint Anything! I love Sarah Dessen and I can't wait to hear what you think of it.
    Crimson Bound! That looks so amazing, doesn't it?
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

    1. Same for me about Kiss of Deception *and* Mr. Penumbra's– two that I bought a year or more ago and haven't gotten to yet... its embarrassing! I love Sarah Dessen, I've read everything by her except Saint Anything, so I'm super excited to get to it! I loved Cruel Beauty, so here's hoping Crimson Bound is as good as it was! Thanks for your comment as always, Olivia :)

  3. OOOOH the Kiss of Deception! I loved that book! And Mr Penumbra's was okay too!
    Here's my TTT post!

    1. I'm really excited (have been for awhile) to get the time to devote to the Kiss of Deception! I'm so glad you liked it.

  4. So many books that could have made it onto my list as well! I'm super-excited for The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. I heard nothing but awesome things about it and I've been thinking about reading something by Ockler for a long time, I heard a lot about her beautiful writing style. The Wrath and the Dawn is yet another book I can't wait to get my hands on! The premise sounds soo good and I heard great things about it as well. I love love love Sarah Dessen so of course Saint Anything is on my TBR as well. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters sounds so very cute. I feel like The Start of Me and You and The Kiss of Deception have been on my TBR list for forever. Aww, so many books so little time. One I actually read is Crimson Bound. It didn't exactly live up to my expectations but the story was very good, my problems (mostly) lay with the characters.
    Hope you'll get around reading all of these. :)
    Veronika @ My TTT

    1. I actually started The Summer of Chasing Mermaids today and I have already flown through almost 100 pages of it! Its so good and it is also my first Sarah Ockler book, but i'm loving it so far! I've heard so many good things about The Wrath and the Dawn as well as Saint Anything, so those are definitely going to be read soon! I'm sorry you didn't like Crimson Bound as much! We shall see what I think of it when I get to it... thanks for stopping by Veronika!

  5. While I didn't fall into all the hype as everyone else with Kiss of Deception, I did find it interesting enough to want to read the sequel. Saint Anything was my first Dessen book and I think I ended up giving it a 4-star rating and found it really enjoyable. Hope you enjoy all your TBR!

    1. I'm going into the Kiss of Deception with an open mind– I hope I like it but I won't be devastated if I don't! I'm glad you enjoyed your first experience with Sarah Dessen! I hope you have a good summer of books :)

  6. The Girl At Midnight is on my TBR, I was sent it a while ago but keep putting it down to read something else oops. Too many books to read! >.< Hope you get to read some of these :-) Here's my TTT if you would like to check it out :-) Have a great day! :-)

    1. It's been on my TBR for a while as well... it's really embarrassing how long I go without reading books that I do actually want to get to! I hope you get to most of the ones on your TBR as well! Thanks for commenting, Emma, you have a great day as well!

  7. Great list. I’m really looking forward to reading The Wrath And The Dawn. It sounds so intense.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Me too! I've heard so many amazing things about it, I can't wait to get to it!

  8. Great list!! I just read Kiss of Deception last month. I really enjoyed it and I hope you do too. It was a great read. I just got a copy of The Start of Me and You. I haven't read the other books but I've heard great things about all of them. Enjoy! Happy reading!!

    Anjie @ Love thy Shelf

    1. I'm so glad you liked Kiss of Deception, I definitely can't wait for it! I hope you like the Start of Me and You and all the other books on your summer tbr, Anjeline!

  9. I want to read the Kiss of Deception so badly! I keep putting off looking for it, and really I should just buckle down and buy it.

    1. that's me exactly! I never have a reason for putting it off, but it just keeps getting pushed back! I hope we both get to it soon!

    2. I might be doing a buddy read with The Book Dame soon. It'd be nice if you could read it, too!

  10. OHH! The Kiss of Deception, The Start of Me and You, and Saint Anything are SO good!! I wish I could re-read these for the first time again. :) Great picks! Enjoy!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed them, Christy! That makes me all the more excited to read them :)

  11. I didn't fell in love with Crimson Bound like I did with Cruel Beauty, but it's still a very good story. Hodge is such a gifted author.
    The wrath and the dawn is also on my list. I've heard nothing but good things about it.

    Happy reading :)

    1. I just finished The Wrath and the Dawn and it totally lived up to any expectations I had of it! you should definitely read it soon, if you get a chance!


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