Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Summer 2017 TBR!



Hello, lovelies! HAPPY JULY! How's everybody doing? Personally, I'm still wrapping my mind around the fact that it's July. How did it get here so quickly?? 

I love July, though. It's pretty much the epitome of summer. And what's summer the perfect time for? 

B O O K S

Seeing as I'm horrifically behind on my Goodreads challenge, I thought that I'd put together my summer TBR as motivation to finally get caught up. I asked on Twitter if you guys would be interested in a post about it, and the sheer enthusiasm of the fabulous waffle queen herself, Abbie, made me decide to go for it. So without further ado, here are some of the books that I'm most excited to read this summer!

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The Blood Race by K.A. Emmons

My sweet, sweet friend, Kate, is releasing her first novel, and I am absolutely bursting to tell the world about it. I was lucky enough to get an ARC, and at twelve chapters in I already love it. It's such an intriguing, suspenseful read, and I could not be prouder of her.


The Color Project by Sierra Abrams

Never doubt the power of Twitter for promotional purposes. I first heard about this novel on social media, and am now absolutely dying to read it. Sierra is so sweet, and this looks like the cutest novel in the history of ever. I admit I'm kind of terrified to read it because everyone who's read it seems to come out emotionally destroyed, but I'm excited nonetheless!



Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

This book has been on my TBR forever, and I've finally gotten my hands on a copy. I'm slightly nervous because Salt to the Sea absolutely tore my heart apart, but it was so beautifully written. I can't wait to read another of Sepetys's novels!


A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

I've wanted to read more of Hemingway's work for ages, so I'm really hoping to read A Farewell to Arms this summer! I actually checked it out from the library a while back and never had the chance to read it, so I'm planning to knock it off the TBR very soon.


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

You all know that I absolutely love theatre. But somehow, I've never actually gotten around to reading Les Mis. It's so long that it's one of those books that I've just never taken the time to read. I definitely want to fix that this summer!!


Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Also in the Broadway realm, the book that inspired Lin Manuel-Miranda to create something beautiful, Alexander Hamilton. I guess you could say that I can't throw away my shot to read this. ;)



The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

You all know that I absolutely loved The Fixer, and I cannot wait to read the sequel! I'm kind of terrified because I'm so attached to the characters, and I don't want anyone to die, but I'm also super excited. I can't wait to see if it lives up to the original book!


Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

I've heard mixed reviews on this book, so I really want to read it for myself. I'm super curious to see if I like it!



The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters has always sounded super interesting, and I'd really like to read it. I haven't read a lot of Lewis's work, but I'm really hoping to pick this up sometime soon.

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So tell me, what's the best book you've read lately? What's on your summer TBR? 

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  1. YESSSS TO ALL OF THESE. SO excited for The Blood Race. I've read Go Set a Watchman, Screwtape Letters, (accidentally an abridged) Les Mis, and A Farewell to Arms AND ALL OF THEM ARE GREAT. I've been wanting to read the Hamilton book forever oh my goodness. ITS SUCH A BIG UNDERTAKING THOUGH LOL. Also, you will LOVE Between Shades of Grey.

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    1. PS we're totally twins I just posted my summer reads post XD XD

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    2. I thought you guys were collabing or somthing XD

      (but mine is going up in a week or so XD)

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    3. WHEN EVERYBODY DOES TBR POSTS XD We're so in sync, y'all.

      And OMG Olivia, you were right, I ADORED Between Shades of Grey. Like, oh my gosh. I am deceased. Destroyed. It's fine. Crying.

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  2. You're reading list looks awesome!! I love The Screwtape Letters, its an amazing book. =)
    -Mikayla-

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I'm really excited to read it!

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  3. Such a cool reading list! I'm so behind my reading goal too. Yass, Les Mis! I really want to read it someday. Good luck, I hope you read them all!

    ~ Pip

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    1. Thank you! Here's hoping that we both catch up on our goals!

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  4. YAAAASSS The Blood Race and the fact that Hamilton puns never get olds xD Kind of salty though since my friends got orchestra seats and are watching it a second time... *sighs* ALSO HOW HAVE YOU NOT READ A TON OF LEWIS. It must be done at once!!!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. Oh my gosh, your friends are seeing it again?!? Dying, it's fine.

      I don't know! I really could never get into Narnia, so I kind of just stopped trying. I may attempt reading it one more time. I have read some of Mere Christianity, although I don't remember if I fully finished it or not..if not I need to do that. xD

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  5. I'm literally so behind on reading books of any sort, I need to get back into the routine.

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    1. Same! I'm working to get back into that habit:)

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  6. This is such great list!
    I really hope that you enjoy Between Shades of Gray! It's one of my favorite books.

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    1. I LOVED it! It was so gorgeous! Oh my goodness, I'm still not over it.

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  7. July. Like, how could it be July already? So much reading left to do. Which is why I love this post!

    I love your list and added a few more items to my (very long) Goodreads To Read list :) The only one I've read from this list is Screwtape Letters, which taught me a lot.

    Currently I'm reading "The Time in Between," a WWII dressmaker/spy/romance novel that is SUPERB. And I'm reading a Louie Giglio book "I Am Not but I Know I AM." Also highly recommend!

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    1. I have no idea! It came so quickly!

      Oh my goodness, do I follow you on Goodreads? I can't remember! I'll have to check on that. ;) I'm really interested to read Screwtape Letters- it's always looked like such an interesting book.

      Ooh, I'll have to check those books out ASAP! They sound fantastic!

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  8. Omw I definitely want to read some of these. Currently reading the Blood Race!!! And I really want to read The Fixer!!

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    1. Wasn't The Blood Race awesome? Oh my goodness. And you definitely should read The Fixer! Still psyching myself up to read the sequel.

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  9. YES DEAR LORD LES MISERABLES. It's really long, but the prose is so beautiful and thought-provoking if you properly sink your teeth into it; the pages fly right by! I got through it by committing to 100 pages a day over spring break. :)

    I liked Go Set a Watchman, but it didn't leave a huge impression on me. I'm rather ambivalent on the whole Atticus matter, because I think you can interpret the things he says in a ton of different ways when you actually put the quotes in context. I hope you enjoy it!

    AHHH NOW YOU'VE MADE ME SUPER NERVOUS ABOUT SALT TO THE SEA. It's a required summer read at my school, and I'm scared it'll either destroy me or I won't like it at all *bites nails*

    Love this post! Seeing other bloggers' TBRs is always so fun (though it does nothing to diminish the size of my own). Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia is my favorite recent read, and I plan to read The Thief by Stephanie Landsem, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald before school starts :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. Ooh, doing 100 pages a day is such a great idea! I'm really excited to read it. I adore the musical, so I know I'm going to love the book.

      I'm interested to finally be able to have an opinion on Go Set a Watchman! I've heard so many different thoughts, I'm so curious.

      SALT TO THE SEA IS AMAZING OH MY GOODNESS. I loved it.

      I love checking out people's TBR's! I'll have to look up those books you mentioned on Goodreads- because obviously I need to add EVEN MORE books to the never ending TBR. xD

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  10. EEEP I loved reading this post, Grace! It's so cool to see what's on your TBR. YOU'LL HAVE TO LET US WHAT YOU THINK OF BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY. I read it a while back, but I honestly don't remember a ton about it. AND I REALLY WANT TO READ THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS YESS

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    1. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY WAS AMAZING OH MY GOODNESS. I loved it so much. I can't wait to read The Screwtape Letters!

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  11. OH MAN, I AM SO HONORED. :') *BIG, HUGE HUGS* I couldn't be happier that you enjoyed the read, Grace Anne!!! So, so blessed by your words - and your help! You're an amazing friend. Also, Les Mis... I've read almost all of it, and let me tell you, you're going to LOVE it. It's a masterpiece in and of itself.

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    1. YOUR BOOK IS FANTASTIC MY LOVELY FREN :') <3 Forever shouting it from the rooftops.

      I'm so excited to get my hands on a copy of Les Mis. The musical is so gorgeous that I can only imagine what the original novel is like.

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  12. THIS!! LIST!! I NEEDED THIS IN MY LIFE <3333 YOUR BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS = ALWAYS STRAIGHT FIRE <333333 Totally checking out all these books ASAP.

    ALSO I NEVER HEARD OF THE BLOOD RACE WHAT'S THAT *nudges Kate* ;) muahahaHAHAH

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    1. oh and I added Between Shades Of Gray to my TBR!! LOOKS SO GOOD omg <3

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    2. YES YOU TOTALLY SHOULD <3<3 I'm still working my way through it but so far I'm loving them ahhh.

      PSH NO IDEA WHAT ON EARTH IS THE BLOOD RACE. *shrug*

      OOH you'll have to let me know what you think of Between Shades of Gray! I adoredddddd it. <3

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  13. I love Screwtape Letters there are so many wonderful little snippets! You should totally keep a journal of all the quotes that stood out to you.

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  14. YES to Les Mis and Alexander Hamilton! A reader cannot become a theatre nerd without also gaining a large TBR list.
    I absolutely adored Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis is such an amazing author.
    Go Set a Watchman is on my TBR. I've heard mixed reviews on it as well...
    Wonderful list, Grace Anne!
    ~Mira

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    1. Theatre has grown my TBR so much, oh my goodness. xD You'll have to let me know what you think of Go Set a Watchman!

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Mira! :)

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  15. Les Mis is an amazing read - I loved it so much after watching the movie and it became one I need to reread often! The redemption themes are just so lovely!

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  16. Between Shades of Gray and Les Mis are both amazing! Happy reading this summer, I hope you are able to get caught up with your challenge! :)

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    1. I LOVED Between Shades of Gray! I'm so exited to read Les Mis:) Thank you- so do I! :) Have a lovely summer, Hannah! <3

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  17. Ooooh I've been wanting to read something by Ruta Sepetys for AGES. I've been eyes Salt to the Sea ... And the Screwtape Letters are SO GOOD. I just read it this year and I loved it! I would suggest taking your time with it though, because there is sooo much to digest. He wrote it over a 20 year period, and he was such an amazing thinker, so you can imagine just how much thought and knowledge is packed in there. Also, I had the honor of being a beta reader for Sierra, and I got to read The Color Project in its second draft. You're going to love it so much! It's such an amazing story, and Sierra is such a beautiful writer.

    Overall, your TBR rocks :D

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    1. Oh my goodness, definitely read Ruta Sepetys books. All of them. Any of them. Just read them.

      Wow, I had no idea that he spent so long writing the Screwtape Letters! I'll definitely keep that as a book to read slowly. :)

      Oh my goodness, you beta'd TCP? I'm so jealous! XD I can't wait to read it!!

      Thanks for stopping by, Hannah! <3

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  18. Okay, so, a thousand time yes to Les Miserables. I. Love. That. Book. Sure, it took me two years to read, but it was so worth the wait.

    Good books I've read this summer... hm... The Seeds of America series was a really good, as well as Code Name Verity. AHHHH. I listened to it. It was truly amazing and I loved it.
    jeniquablog.wordpress.com

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    1. I can't wait to read it, oh my gosh. xD

      Eep, I'll have to add those to my TBR!!!

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  19. I'm totally going to have to check some of these out cause I have so much trouble finding books that are actually good lately, love this list Grace!

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    1. Thanks, Hannah! You'll have to let me know if you enjoy any of them!

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  20. I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE BLOOD RACE. I HAVE THE ARC TOO AND I REALLY REALLY REALLY NEED TO GO READ IT.

    (ALSO THE COLOR PROJECT IS FREAKING STORMING TWITTER AND I CANT WAIT FOR THAT ONE EITHER)

    Between Shades of Gray has also been on my TBR for a while now and SALT TO THE SEA IM DEAD

    And we can't forget about the Founding Father Without a Father, can we?

    Actually nvm I'm going to stop listing books bc these are literally ALL on my TBR list. AACK #TOOMANYBOOKSTOOLITTLETIME

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    1. AHHH LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE BLOOD RACE!!!

      I literally cannot wait to read The Color Project oh my gosh it's killing me.

      READ BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY IT IS GORGEOUS. :''''''''') <3 sobbing it's fine.

      Who got a lot farther by working a lot harder ;)

      SO MANY BOOKS. We gotta read like we're running out of time ;)

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  21. RUTA'S NOVELS ARE LITTERALLY SOME OF THE BEST.
    and I've heard of more than one adult book club having one of her's as their study, even though she's a 'young adult' writer.
    it doesn't matter. her writing and story lines are so borderless.
    you're gonna cry at that one.
    just saying.

    Randy Abby
    WAKE ME UP Blog

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    1. THEY SERIOUSLY ARE OH MY GOODNESS. <3

      I totally did. And it was so worth it.

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