My Top Ten Summer 2014 Vacation Books

June 3, 2014 summer reading list, Top Ten Tuesday 20


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Top Ten Books In My Beach Bag.  

To be honest, I’m not big on the whole beach thing, at least not in summer. I sunburn at the drop of a hat, and I’m not overly fond of sand where it shouldn’t be (like in my shoes or swimsuit.) I don’t particularly enjoy being hot, either. My preferred summer vacation is someplace cool — the Rockies or Canada usually sound good.

This summer, though, I’m not going to either of those. I am going to the mountains for three days… near Shenendoah National Park. (Beautiful, but usually hot and muggy.) And of course there’s our annual jaunt out West to stay with my mom, stepdad, and sister’s family.  (Believe it or not, the mountains of New Mexico aren’t bad in August – it’s not humid, and the afternoon monsoon cloudbursts usually cool things down.)

So my TTT list for today should really be titled Top Ten Books in My Vacation Bag.  They aren’t necessarily “summer reading,” but they are the ones I plan to read for sheer pleasure — just for fun.  Some aren’t out yet, but they will be before the end of the summer. 

As usual, no particular order — except that The Book of Life is definitely at the top of the list.

PREORDERED: The Book of Life; Not Quite a Wife; The Hot Zone

OWN but not yet read: Spirited; Cress; The Night Circus; The Winter Sea

REQUESTING FROM LIBRARY: Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well; Blood Red

ARC: The Escape

20 Responses to “My Top Ten Summer 2014 Vacation Books”

  1. Katherine P

    I like the beach and we end up going probably once a year or so but I’m probably more of a mountain girl myself. I don’t get the whole pull of the water thing. Great list! I’ve got The Escape which I will get too and I’ve been wanting to read The Book of Life, Cress and The Night Circus. I had forgotten about Aunt Dimity! I haven’t read her in ages. I’ll have to look her up next time I’m at the library.

  2. Bea

    That’s a nice mix of books. I hope you get to them all.

    I’m like you as far as the beach goes, too much sun and sand. I’ve had too many burns to enjoy myself at the beach. Now, the mountains sound nice, especially New Mexico. Have fun!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I hope I get to them all, too! I’ve also got slews of ARCs to plow through, and ‘Robin’ is lobbying for me to a) read TFIOS, and b) re-read the Percy Jackson series so I can c) read the Heroes of Olympus series so she has someone to discuss it with before the 5th book comes out. Gonna be a very bookish summer!

      I hope you enjoy your summer reading, too!

  3. Michelle Reed

    I love The Night Circus! I’ve actually been wanting to reread it sometime soon. I’ve also been thinking about getting into The Discovery of Witches series too. Eventually, I will b/c I’ve heard such great things. It’s one of my gf’s favorite series.
    Come by and check out my Top Ten Summer Reads @ Book Hangovers
    xoxo Michelle

  4. Caitie F

    Night Circus is such a great book. I need to read Cinder still – it seems like my kind of book, but i have so many others.

    I have The Winter Sea from the library right now and only have 2 weeks to read it – they only have one copy in my entire system!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I ended up buying both The Night Circus and The Winter Sea, because the library asked for both back before I had a chance to read them! So I know exactly what you mean about “so many others”. I’ve got so many ARCs, it’s hard to fit in the books I really want to read that I don’t have ARCs for. I’m trying to cut back on requesting ARCs for a while.

  5. Jennifer

    I’ve only read Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is one of my beach read list so I can be caught up for Book of Life. I hope you enjoy Cress as much as I did. Happy reading and enjoy your trip!

  6. Stephanie Shepherd

    Looks like a fun vacation of reading! Have you read Susanna Kearsley before and if so I suppose you like her? I ran across a book of hers that looked interesting but hadn’t heard of her before.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Actually, I haven’t read Kearsley yet, but so many people whose opinion I trust have said she’s wonderful that I just gave in and bought some of her books. Besides, some reviewers have compared her to Mary Stewart, and I LOVE Mary Stewart.

  7. Cheryl @ Tales of the Marvelous

    Ah, you must have skin like mine–not very sun friendly! I hope you enjoy your summer reading somewhere shady, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of Cress and The Night Circus. 🙂