Friday, May 8, 2015

My Summer TBR | 2015

Now that my winter classes are finished (woot woot!) all I wanna do is read! You'd think I'd be tired of reading with all the reading I've had to do for school these past 9 months, but the deprivation of reading for my own enjoyment needs to be compensated. I'll be heading to Italy on Monday so reading will be put off for two weeks, but once I come back, it's game on. I own most of the books on my summer TBR so I decided to do a little summer photo shoot to show you what I want to read! ;)

1. Confess by Colleen Hoover
This was the first book I picked up when I got back from school. I have to be honest: when I first started it, I was a little wary. Colleen is my favorite contemporary romance author and possibly my favorite author of any genre so of course I go into her books expecting to love them. But as I was reading this, I noticed that Colleen was repeating or overemphasizing some things that didn't need further explaining. It threw me off because that's not typical for her, but as I continued, I didn't come across that anymore. Now I'm about two-thirds of the way through and absolutely engaged in the plot! Loving it! I'll be posting a full review, hopefully before I leave for Italy.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
I fell in love with Hosseini's The Kite Runner and have been eyeing this bad boy up ever since it found a home in my bookshelf LAST spring (Oi!) but just haven't been able to devote the singular attention I know it deserves. But it's going to happen in the next couple months. I'm prepared to love this book so hard it won't know what it had coming.

3. Kristin Lavrensdatter series by Sigrid Undset
My grandmother gave this series set to me years ago and I never read them because as a 13 year old, they didn't interest me at all. Then my creative writing teacher this past semester said it was brilliant and was her all-time favorite series so now I'm thinking I need to reconsider. I might only get to the first book, which I'm okay with. As long as I start the series, I'll be happy.

4. When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
I received this as a gift from Trina in a care package she sent me this past year! She says it's a cute contemporary romance, which I love reading during the summer months so I'm definitely looking forward to it.

5. Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty
I'm going to be reading this series along with my lovely friend Trina from Between Chapters on BookTube! This is an oldie but goodie series we've both had on our TBRs for a while. Since I love doing buddy reads, she agreed to read the series with me, despite my past history of not always being reliable when it comes to buddy reads. Thanks for the second (third? fourth?) chance, Trina!

6. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Another gift I received from Trina, this time for my birthday! I enjoyed Nelson's The Sky is Everywhere and she loved IGYtS when she read it last year so I'm excited to read it. I also promised her I would read it after my classes ended, so this will for sure be a book I get to this summer.

7. Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I ordered this at the same time I purchased A Thousand Splendid Suns. I fell in love with Morgan Matson's Second Chance Summer, really enjoyed Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, and have only heard great things about this one! So I simply must read it as soon as I can.

8. The Westing Game by Ellen Haskin
My librarian from high school gave this to me in a bag of books (the sweetheart!) and I feel inclined to read it this summer.

9. After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
Another book gifted by my HS librarian, which I completely forgot to photograph, but I'm excited to read this too! And this will count as part of my yearly goal, of reading a classic.

 I also have three books to help me with my writing:

10. Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing in the Young Adult Market by Victoria Hanley
This is a book my friend Sabrina from I Heart YA Fiction picked up for me last year after I told her I want to publish books. I've scanned it here and there, but I know it's going to be a book that deserves my detailed attention so I can get the most out of it so I've been postponing reading the whole thing. This summer I have a goal to write the majority of a first draft (if not completely finish the first draft) of my main story I've been building on forever so this summer is the perfect time to read this! By the way, Sabrina is awesome,
as is her book blog, so go show her some love!

11. Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
Smooth out my writing skills with grammar corrections and such.

12. Grammar Girl's 101 Words to Sound Smart
This is more of a fun book I bought to improve my vocabulary because for a writer, I do not have an expansive diction. This (and the other Grammar Girl book) will be something that I read a couple pages a day and finish within a couple weeks.

If I'm being honest, I probably won't have time for all of these books, considering two of the goals are series. While working part-time, writing a book, training for a 10K, keeping in touch with my friends, and accomplishing daily tasks, I'll be happy if I'm able to read one book a week, which will equate to 13 books this summer. I'm also a mood reader so we'll see how all that comes into play.

But what books do you hope to read this summer?

Thanks for reading, and until next time,


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  1. Look at all dem chickens! Whoop! 3 mentions! I'm so excited for Jessica Darling!

    1. Yeah there were! Hahaha! I didn't even realized I ordered the books so that the three books I mentioned you with were back to back to back lol! I'm so excited for Jessica Darling too! And to use the library again! Haha ;)