Happy Tuesday! The Top Ten Theme this week is “books to read at the pool or beach, or your summer TBR list.” Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and she’ll have links to a bunch of other blogs participating in the Top Ten!
Since I have no idea what kind of books other people want to read at the pool or beach, and I hate being out in the sun and heat and humidity, I’m just going with ten books I’d like to read this summer.
The Pisces by Melissa Broder – I’ve heard a lot about this book, and y’all know I love my mermaids, even if they’re predatory instead of romantic, but this is a magical realism romance about a merman. I am intrigued.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang stars an AS main character and is written by an autistic author, so this should be added to my autism reading list. I’m always interested in minority representation in my reading, especially when they’re autistic or bisexual, as those hit close to home for me. It came out June 5th, and was actually an option for my Book of the Month subscription this month! So I read it this past weekend, and my review went up yesterday!
Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li is set in a Chinese restaurant in Rockville, MD, which is VERY local to me! I always enjoy reading books set in the surrounding areas. It releases today!
America for Beginners by Leah Franqui looks intriguing, about an Indian woman on a road trip across America, looking for the gay son her late husband told her had died. It comes out July 24th.
A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua involves a Chinese woman secreted into the US so the son she’s pregnant with will have citizenship – but then something happens and she runs away from her son’s married father before she gives birth. Reproductive freedom and immigration issues. I’m in. On August 14th, anyway!
I don’t normally go for thrillers, but Jessica Knoll’s The Favorite Sister, which came out in May, seems interesting. It’s about the bonds of sisterhood and women tearing each other down, which is something we discussed at the Barnes & Noble book club when we read The Female Persuasion.
I might be interested in The Summer Wives, by Beatriz Williams. It doesn’t quite look like my normal kind of book, but the premise looks thought-provoking.
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka might remind me of high school, but could be fun. It came out in May.
Another thriller on my list is The Great Zoo of China. (I guess summer’s long days and short nights are a good time for thrillers?) It bills itself as a sort of Chinese Jurassic Park (which gave me nightmares when I was a kid!) but with dragons. And of course dragons make all the difference! It’s an older book; it came out in 2015.
The last book on my summer reading list, though I have no doubt I’ll be reading more books this summer than these ten, is Franchesca Ramsey‘s Well, That Escalated Quickly. Ramsey is a Youtuber who went unexpectedly viral and decided to use her platform to work for social justice. I’ve heard her book is pretty funny, so I thought it might keep me thinking about politics and the state of the world while still letting me step back from the outrage fatigue.
So, among others, that’s what I’m planning to read this summer. What are you reading?