Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and Bookish. Each week the bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish put out a topic, and discuss their top ten options for said topic. This week it’s all about the Top Ten books in your summer beach bag/summer reading list.
The Strain by Guillermo del Toro. A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.
I love reading spooky things during the summer and this book has been on my TBR list for ages.
Wheel of Darkness By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. A Novel. A luxury ocean liner on its maiden voyage across the North Atlantic, awash in wealth and decadence . . . An ancient Tibetan box, its contents unknown, sealed with a terrifying warning . . . An FBI agent destined to confront what he fears most—himself . . .
It’s due time for a Pendergast novel (I’m so far behind) and it’s a great summer read full of layers and delicious plot devices.
The Princess Bride By William Goldman. What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.
Because I’ve been neglecting my Classics Club list. And I haven’t read it, so why not?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner.“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.” When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.
I’ve heard great things about this book, and this series. Plus the movie is coming out soonish–and I’m one of those people who will read the book before going to see the film.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
To me, thrillers are an absolute must for summer reading. Something about curling up in the warm sunshine with a chilling scary book–that’s a perfect day in my mind. It is currently in my bag so this is probably my first read of the summer. Plus, again the movie is coming out and I want to read the book first.
Black Butler by Yana Toboso In the Victorian ages of London The Earl of the Phantomhive house, Ciel Phantomhive, needs to get his revenge on those who had humiliated him and destroyed what he loved. Not being able to do it alone he sells his soul to a demon he names Sebastian Michaelis. Now working as his butler, Sebastian must help the Earl Phantomhive in this suspenseful, exciting, thriller manga.
It’s a manga I started and put down. A friend of mine lent me all of the volumes up to the most recent, so I figured I’d read through them this summer. I’m reading a few other series but this one is the one that I have the most volumes of.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?
Because I haven’t. And I need to. I feel like I’m missing something by not having read this book. So into the summer pile it goes.
Written in Red by Anne Bishop As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
This is another book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I love Anne Bishop and I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m really excited to get into it.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.
That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.
Because I haven’t. And I really need to.
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?
Because the series should have ended three books ago. Because I’m obsessed. Because Malec (just sayin’). Because as much as I want to dislike these books, I don’t, and I can’t quit them. I need to know how it ends, I need to know who dies and because Malec. I picked it up on release date and it’s sitting there taunting me as I work my way through Gone Girl. And I’m trying really really hard not to just flip through to the end to find out what happens. Because Malec.
Those are the ten books that are in my beach bag. If you’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post, go ahead and leave the link in the comments.
11 thoughts on “Top Ten Summer Books (Top Ten Tuesday)”
Ooh Gone Girl, Shadow and Bone and Code Name Verity are all amazing in different ways!
They’ve been on my TBR list for SO long I feel bad neglecting them. Not to mention I’ve heard great things about all of them. 🙂
Your choices are a bit darker than most of the other lists I’ve read!
I do read a couple of fluffy books but for some reason during the summer I’m drawn toward darker thriller like stories. These were just pulling so hard at me too.
Gone Girl- yes! Such a good summer thriller. I’m with you and eager to find out how City of Heavenly Fire ends. Hope you’re pleased with the series conclusion & that you enjoy all your summer reading 🙂
Gone Girl is SO good. I’m shocked at how much I like it. It’s something that gets in the back spaces of my mind and doesn’t let go. I’m wanting to pick up her other books now too. CoHF is mocking me so hard. But I made myself promise to read one book at a time. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I haven’t read any of the Black Butler manga but I watched a bit of the anime. Deliciously evil.
I’ve watched a couple episodes of the anime. Probably up to where I’ve read in the manga. I’m looking forward to knocking it off of my tbr list. 🙂
Great list! I’ve been meaning to check out Gone Girl, got so many recommendations for that book from people online and off! lol. Hope you enjoy Black Butler too, I read the first volume years ago but tbh I don’t remember much from it *blushes*
Those are some great choices! I loved The Princess Bride, Shadow and Bone and Gone Girl. Code Name Verity has been on my shelf since the week it came out…I need to get on that.
Awesome picks! The Maze Runner is one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to finally see the movie. I may have to reread the book over the summer!
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