I haven’t written a Top Ten Tuesday post since April! I’m glad it’s finally summer so I can make more time to blog and read. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is all about the summer reads at the top of our list. There are more books that I want to read this summer than I can possibly list, so I’m going to break this down into a few different categories and include more than ten books.
Backlist Titles (Released in 2012 or earlier):
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (Goodreads)–I’ve had this on to-read lists like this before, but I still haven’t read it. There’s really no excuse, especially since it’s so popular in my classroom.
The Gray Wolf Throne & The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima (Goodreads)–I’m cheating and making two books count as one since I need to finish this series.
Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia (Goodreads)–I haven’t read many reviews for this one, but I remember seeing it at Barnes & Noble last summer, being drawn to the cover, and reading the first chapter in the store. I knew I was going to like it, but I didn’t buy it (so stupid). After that I didn’t see it at the store again. One way or another I was chatting with Kelly @ Stacked about this title and she offered to give me her copy :) I’m confident that my students and I will like this debut.
Recent Releases (Released in 2013):
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Goodreads): Before the release of The 5th Wave, I posted the book trailers made to advertise it. My students were hooked; I had to create a waiting list. I ordered a copy and when it arrived I read the first couple chapters. I’m hooked as well.
Over You by Amy Reed (Goodreads): I have a couple of Amy Reed’s books in my classroom, but I’ve never had the chance to read them since they’re always checked out. I’ve read the first forty pages of Over You, and even though I’m still getting used to the writing style for it, I really like the story. I’m looking forward to finishing this over the summer.
Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin (Goodreads): It’s summertime, so I should read a summery book, right?
Upcoming Releases (2013 ARCs):
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller (Goodreads): If you know how much I LOVE Trish’s debut, Something Like Normal, then you can understand why I’m excited to read her sophomore release.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads): Did I mention how wonderful Jillian is? ;) I’ve been wanting to read this since that crazy last page of The Raven Boys. I love it when friends share!
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (Goodreads): This August release has so many aspects to it that make it intriguing. It’s LGBT, it has Iranian characters, and so much more. I hope it’s as good as it sounds!
Living with Jackie Chan by Jo Knowles (Goodreads): Jo Knowles makes my list twice and it’s because she’s a great author! It’s told from a guy’s point of view, it deals with teen pregnancy, and I’ve already heard awesome things about it. This releases in September.
New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (Goodreads): I loved Lorraine’s debut, Other Words for Love, so I jumped at the opportunity to read her New Adult release, New Money.