Summer TBR

Welcome! to my latest list of unrealistic expectations – AKA my summer TBR! It’s been a while since I’ve done a legit one of these (TBH I think the last one was in video form. Awks.) and, frankly, I’ve been a terrible reader these past months. But today is a new day! July is here! The sun is out! The birds are singing! My bibliophilic hopes are soaring! And I am gonna kick some serious TBR ass.

To be fun for once, instead of repeating the same books I STILL have on my shelf that you’ve probably heard about a dozen times and I apparently think about reading more often than actually reading, I’m making this more about what I want to add to my ever-growing shelf of unread-tragedy. Three cheers for shiny new reads!

A Night in With Marilyn Monroe by Lucy Holiday

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This is the second book in Lucy Holiday’s Libby Lomax trilogy, about aspiring actress and romantically-challenged Libby who returns from a bad day on set to find Audrey Hepburn on her sofa, doling out advice. I read the first, A Night in With Audrey Hepburn on vacation last month and howled for pretty much its entire 400 pages.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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Back in high school, a friend of mine kept telling me I needed to read this but I just never got around to picking it up. With the movie coming out soon (which, BTW, looks hella fun) I thought it would be the perfect time to give it a try. Also, rich-person romances are very much my MO, so…

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
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I LOVED The Falconer when I read it in August, so I will absolutely positively definitely be reading this one ASAP. And by that, I mean as soon as I can get my hands on a hardcover because, I’m sorry, they need to match.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

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Disclaimer: I FRAKIN LOVE PIRATES. Love. Them. With Daughter of a Siren Queen out soon, I am PUMPED to finally dig into this.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

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This book is getting so much hype–I even saw a massive billboard with the cover when I was in LA last month–that it is somewhat terrifying. Hypes can be…risky, and I’ve found I regularly disagree with them. But I always like to try ’em out for myself, and Children of Blood and Bone has such an intriguing premise and setting–deposing a corrupt monarchy and restoring magic to an Africa-inspired fantasy world–that I want to give it a shot.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Apparently, Sabaa Tahir is a YA GODDESS and it’s about time I joined in the worship. Cult rituals and human sacrifice optional?

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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I’m a superhero gal through and through, but I’ll be honest: for some reason, I just didn’t get the excitement I’d expected at the prospect of these books. But now that my precious, Sarah J. Maas is doing a CATOWOMAN ONE?????? Definitely need to give them a shot.

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West

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I will read just about anything Kasie West writes, so here we are. The premise of a radio host dishing out love advice to a guy a little too close to home is adorably cliché and I am HERE FOR IT.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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My need to read Sea Witch–basically an origin story for The Little Mermaid’s Ursula–is based primarily on two principles:

  1. I love fairytales, especially the grim(m) versions
  2. The Little Mermaid is probably my all-time favourite

For these reasons, I would probably read the book no matter what. However, with a synopsis promising romance and magic and so much heartbreak, I couldn’t pass it if I tried!

Release Date: July 31, 2018

Furyborn by Claire LeGrand

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Here we have another one with a lot of hype! Set to follow two separate queens on separate–though intertwined–quests millennia apart, Furyborn promises all the suspense and excitement of a high-stakes high fantasy adventure. Having previously read and enjoyed LeGrand’s earlier novel, Winterspell, I’m definitely excited to see what she’s done with this

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Asher

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Yeah, okay–it’s not exactly a new one. I actually really wanted to read this when it forst came out, but I’m not usually a sci-fi girl, so I initially shied away from it. But since the third book, Obsidio, came out earlier this year–meaning I won’t have to wait ages for sequel if I enjoy it as much as I hope I will–I think it’s the perfect time to give The Illuminae Files a chance!

Crossing the Line by Simone Elkeles

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The Perfect Chemistry trilogy was a guilty pleasure–so much bugged me, with the predictability, the clichés, the repetition…and yet I couldn’t stop reading them. I almost don’t even care that Crossing the Line another rough-boy-rich-girl scenario–the romance and the writing will be enough to keep me going!

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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I love weddings. I love quirky romance. I love chaotic families.

Basically, I already love this book.

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

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Despite hating actual cooking and flipping the channel whenever a cooking show comes on, I have a gooey soft spot for cooking competition books (Taste Test by Kelly Fiore is am all-time fave). Romance + food = joy.

There are obviously a TON more that I’m itching to get my hands on, but alas, my bank account can only handle so much. Are there any books you’re especially excited to dig into tis sumer? Let me know in the comments!!

Happy Summer and Happy Reading!

xoxo, Brittney




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