Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to plan out my reading a little bit more. I may have even talked about that on the blog briefly. But that didn’t happen. I think I pulled out three books and didn’t read them. Still, the desire to plan my reading is still there, so I thought I’d try something a little different for planning this summer and plan books that I’d like to read at some point throughout the summer. I haven’t forgotten that I am participating in a summer book challenge and have planned out books that I’d like to read this summer (although I think quite a few of those will change), but those are books planned around prompts and these are just books that I have that I’d like to read. So, let’s talk about the books on my Summer 2014 TBR.
>> Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry is about the Manson murders. I borrowed this from my coworker ages ago and I need to read it so that I can get it back to her. Getting started with this is on my to-do list for the weekend. I’d like to have it done by the end of next week.
>> Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout is about Sam, who disappears with her best friend Cassie. When she reappears she has no memory of what happened and her best friend is still missing. Sam wants to know what happened, but finding out could be dangerous. The cover is the first thing that drew my attention to this book, but it also sounds like a book I’d like.
>> What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick is about Gwen, who lives on an island that sounds like paradise, but all she wants to do is leave, especially once the boy that she describes as her biggest mistake ever starts working for her… or near her, somehow. That wasn’t entirely clear to me while reading the description, but it will all be explained in the book. It sounds like there are secrets to be uncovered in this book and the beach setting makes it sound like the perfect book for me. I really enjoyed Fitzpatrick’s first novel, so I’m excited to read this one.
>> Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is a book that I’ve heard wonderful things about. It’s about Laurel, who starts writing letters to celebrities who have died and tries to heal from the death of her sister by doing so. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve heard wonderful things about this, so I can’t wait to dig in.
>> This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is about a teen who decides to make herself cool, but she isn’t doing so well when she discovers an underground club. I think it was the underground club that first captured my attention; this book sounds fantastic.
>> Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler is about a good girl who becomes friends with someone who is a little more wild and crazy and starts to rebel. This sounds like there might be a lot of drama and I like books like that.
>> Pointe by Brandy Colbert is about a ballerina who is making positive changes in her life when her best friend returns after spending four years with the person who kidnapped him. It sounds like she might know more about her friend’s abduction than people realize. Dancer + missing people + secrets = perfect for me. This is one that I was looking forward to for a while before it’s release so I can’t wait to read it.
>> Blindsided and House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple. I also have Relax, I’m a Ninja on my Kindle, so this could be the summer of Natalie Whipple. Blindsided is the sequel to Transparent, about a teenager who is invisible and whose invisibility has been exploited by her mobster father. House of Ivy and Sorrow is about a teenage witch who lives with her grandmother. The way that Whipple talks about this book… I just had to pick it up and I can’t wait to read it. I’m wondering if I’ll end up pushing this one off till fall, because it sounds like a great fall read, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to wait that long.
>> Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick is a Printz winner. It sounds like it is a collection of stories that are connected to each other and that take place in the same place at the same time. That is a vague description, but I can’t really tell what it’s about by the reading the summary. I am intrigued, though.
>> House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield is about a couple whose marriage is crumbling, when a robbery turns into a hostage situation for the couple and their family. This book sounds really good and it takes place in a suburb of Minneapolis, so I have to read it.
>> Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz. You might remember me talking about this book a couple of times. I haven’t actually finished it yet, even though I have been enjoying it, so I just need to sit down and read it. I think I’m going to read this for the “Finish a book you couldn’t finish the first time” prompt of my summer reading challenge instead of Sophie’s World.
What is on your book list for the summer?