10 July 2009

Summer Reading: A Peek at the Peak of Mt. TBR

Here are some books that are near the top of my TBR pile. I'm looking forward to them all, and hope I can finish them by summer's end.

First up are two YA fantasies that I'm really excited about. The Magicians and the first in the Oathbreakers series: Assassin's Apprentice.

Here are two books about family: Atlas of the Unknows is about sisters and Five Minutes More is a YA novel about a young girl coping with the loss of her father.

I plan to spend some time in Africa! Baking Cakes in Kigali is a novel that takes place in Rawanda. Wife of Gods is a debut mystery that takes place in Ghana.

And finally, three unrelated books I'm looking forward to. Patron Saint is memoir of a man's search for the perfect old car while coping with family crises. A Separate Country is an historical novel that takes place during the Civil War. I loved Hicks's Widow of the South and can't wait to read his new one. The Amen Heresy is a thriller centering around the Dead Sea Scrolls.

What do you have planned for your summer reading?


bermudaonion 7/10/09, 8:39 AM  

I only have 2 of those books - Baking Cakes in Kigali and A Separate Country - so I'll be looking for your reviews to see which of the rest I need to add to my wish list.

Pam 7/10/09, 9:10 AM  

Oh wow! I really, really (really?) want to read The Magicians. Hurry up and read it so I know if all of my anticipation is warranted! :)

Sandy Nawrot 7/10/09, 9:47 AM  

None of these books are on my radar (like I need more). But I won't worry. After I read your reviews, I'm sure I will have them on my list!

Cindy 7/10/09, 9:50 AM  

I don't have any of those books but more then likely will be adding to my wish list once your reviews are up. Hope your having a good summer so far.

farmlanebooks 7/10/09, 10:42 AM  

I haven't heard of any of those books, but the two African ones sound interesting. I look forward to hearing all about them!

Kim 7/10/09, 10:50 AM  

None of these are on my radar either, but that could just be my radar is overwhelmed. Or buried by the mountain of book growing in my house! The two set in Africa look very appealing to me and look forward to your reviews.

Kristen 7/10/09, 11:02 AM  

I have Baking Cakes in Kigali and am looking forward to it too. The peak of Mt. TBR here had a serious shuffle. Until everything dries enough to be readable, I'm just going with what I can. At the moment, Tattoo Machine by Jeff Johnson, Perfect Life by Jessica Shattuck, and Passegiata by G. G. Husak are the three that have dried most quickly out of my originally intended July and August reads so I guess they'd be at the summit of Mt. TBR right now.

Meghan 7/10/09, 11:49 AM  

I haven't heard of most of your summer reads, but I did love Atlas of Unknowns! I hope you do too. I also have A Separate Country and I'm really looking forward to it.

stacybuckeye 7/10/09, 12:07 PM  

I loved seeing all of the covers! Looks like you have many happy reading hours ahead.

Bart's Bookshelf 7/10/09, 1:53 PM  

Not heard of most of them, but I just had a quick look at The Magicians and that looks really good! Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on that one.

Nymeth 7/10/09, 4:37 PM  

I haven't read any of those, but the fantasy and YA titles in particular sound promising! I've made summer reading plans a couple of times, only to throw them out and decide to just follow my whims. I do want to start working on getting the TBR mountain down, though.

Margot 7/10/09, 4:46 PM  

Nice variety of books on your list. I look forward to hearing about them.

Michelle 7/10/09, 6:28 PM  

I'm going to have to research The Magicians the cover alone makes it look interesting. The fact that it's YA makes it more so.


wisteria 7/10/09, 6:41 PM  

Beth...I know you put A Separate Country in there for me.
Now I have to go and get that one. I am soooooo bad about these southern novels. Besides, I really like Robert Hicks' writing.

The books with the African countries look particularly appealing also. Let me know what you think. I tend to read a lot from this area.

Great choices. Happy reading.

JoAnn 7/10/09, 7:45 PM  

These are all new to me! I'm planning a few fun books for the summer vacation reading challenge, and hope to reread Pride and Prejudice. Enjoy working your way through the stack!

Veens 7/10/09, 8:27 PM  

God! so many \\\ not heard of any of them...but they are look incredible. i hope you get around reading them.

Jenners 7/10/09, 9:04 PM  

Never heard of any of these but I'm really interested in the Patron Saint of New Cars one ... sounds like one I'd love! I'll be interested to see your review.

Melody 7/10/09, 9:12 PM  

Gosh, I haven't seen or heard any of those books before! I'll have to check them out!

Aimee 7/11/09, 1:07 AM  

I am so excited about The Magicians...it looks fantastic!!! Cant wait to hear your review on it.

The Tome Traveller 7/11/09, 1:47 AM  

Some of these are in my pile for this summer, too. But that Amen Heresy looks very interesting, I'll have to find out more about it. I haven't heard about it before but I love the cover (I'm such a sucker for a good cover!).

Nise' 7/11/09, 8:38 AM  

Great stack from Mt. TBR. I've got to get reading some books for the American Civil War challenge. Going to check out A Separate Country.

Julie P. 7/11/09, 8:57 AM  

Huge TBR pile??? I know the feeling and mine is also filled with so many wonderful books. I hope I can get to them!

Dar 7/12/09, 6:12 PM  

I've heard of a couple of these, I'm looking forward to some reviews. My tbr pile is atrocious. I'm not looking at it anymore. It scares me. lol.

Robin of My Two Blessings 7/12/09, 7:02 PM  

Same goes here. Haven't heard of a one but all sound interesting. Look forward to your reviews.

Memory 7/12/09, 8:00 PM  

I've heard really good things about THE MAGICIANS. I'll look forward to your review!

I plan to knock back a bunch of chunksters this summer. I'm currently in the middle of Jacqueline Carey's second Kushiel trilogy, and I think I'll be reading THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY by Michael Chabon next.

claire 7/12/09, 8:18 PM  

The African books look really good. Adding them to the wishlist.. thanks. :)

writemeg 7/13/09, 10:17 AM  

I absolutely love the cover of A Separate Country -- caught my attention right away! Oh, boy -- my summer reading... I have to finish Mr. Darcy, Vampyre in the near future, and I'll be picking up Jennifer Weiner's Best Friends Forever this week! :) Plus, eh, about 75 other novels waiting for me. I really need to speed it up! :)

Kailana 7/15/09, 2:21 PM  

A lot of those books look really good! I look forward to your thoughts!

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