My Summer 2013 TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

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.

Jumping Off SwingsThe Gray Wolf ThroneThe Crimson CrownFingerprints of You

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? 🙂

The 5th WaveStyle: "Porcelain vivid"Rules of Summer

Upcoming Releases (2013 ARCs):

Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles (Goodreads): Jillian @ Heise Reads and Recommends is a wonderful friend.  She’s even more wonderful for sending me her ARC to read 🙂

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!

Wild CardsWhere the Stars Still ShineThe Dream Thieves

NetGalley Titles:

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.

If You Could Be MineLiving with Jackie ChanNew Money


  1. I am loving your lists for multiple reasons. Fingerprints of You was one of my favorite reads from this year (I hate that it took me so long to get to it) and then a new Jo Knowles? I had no idea! I am adding this to my list. I also have New Money to read in the next few weeks. SO GLAD you are a fan of her debut as well. One of my favorite favorite reads. I am all giddy reading this! 🙂

  2. Great top ten! I loved the 5th wave:)

    My TTT:

  3. I also want to read the 5th wave! I recently read a book by Jo Knowles and I’d like to read more by her!

  4. Wow great list. I’ve been looking forward to reading The 5th Wave too. I own the Seven Realms series but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Even though the Seven Realms books are long, I read the first two quickly. I think I read the first book in just over a day.

  5. Reading JUMPING OFF SWINGS and LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN in a close time frame should be an interesting experience. Although they deal with the same situation, each stands on its own just fine. Still, they will probably resonate differently by reading them this way. As always, looking forward to your reviews!

  6. The Raven Boys is on my TTT list! I’ve been seeing Where the Stars Still Shine on a few TTT lists and I’ve seen The 5th Wave EVERYWHERE. Looks like I need to jump on those bandwagons 😉 I’m going to check out Jo Knowles and Rules of Summer too 🙂 Thanks for the new suggestions!

    In case you are interested in seeing my TTT:

  7. sashandem says:

    You definitely want to read THE DREAM THIEVES!

  8. I can’t wait for The Dream Thieves. You have a great looking list!

    Crystal from Reading Through Life

  9. My fabulous YA fiction find is “The Beat on Ruby’s Street” by author Jenna Zark (
    The book follows young Ruby Tabeata in 1958 Greenwich Village. Ruby’s parents are “beatnicks” and she has grown up in a very unconventional and unique way. She goes to school with the neighborhood kids at the local store (deciding their own hours, learning math from the cash register) and has to learn to be self-sufficient and tough at the very young age of 11. Ruby soon finds herself accused of stealing and sent to a children’s care home because her home has been deemed unsafe. When she arrives, Ruby has to fight off a bully and her own panic at the thought of never seeing her family again. She does finally make her way home but she uncovers a family secret that means life as she knows it will never be the same. Lost and lonely Ruby decides to follow her heart to find the one thing she needs to help her heal. Her poetry and love of the arts motivates her and helps her find out who she is and what her path is in life 🙂 It’s a fantastic read! I can’t promote it enough! Thanks for your YA recommendations!

  10. Thanks for including me on this fabulous list! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Fingerprints of you…

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