June 19: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach (This can also serve as your summer TBR)
Now, since I live in the UK, where storms are much more likely than traditional sunny summer weather, I’m going to call this my Summer TBR and leave it at that. The odds of me getting the opportunity to read at the beach are incredibly low, the weather is rarely that co-operative. Besides, I quite enjoy reading while it’s stormy outside, it’s cosy and atmospheric. I’ve included a lot of fantasy books on this TBR because I’m finally in the mood for them, so I’m planning to embrace that and dive right in to all the books that have been building up on my shelves during my slump.
1. Uprooted – by Naomi Novik
This has been on my TBR for way too long at this point, and I need to get brave and read it. Based on everything I’ve heard about this book, I’m almost certain that I’ll really like it. I’ve just been avoiding it because of the hype and my fantasy slump, which is thankfully now over so no more excuses. It’s time for me to finally read this.
2. Onyx and Ivory – by Mindee Arnett
I’m back in the mood for fantasy, and I’ve been really looking forward to getting to this ever since I received a copy in May’s Fairyloot box. This book sounds really good, and I can’t wait to finally read something by Mindee Arnett, because I’ve been meaning to for years.
3. The City of Brass – by S.A. Chakraborty
I have heard nothing but good things about this book, and I’ve been wanting to read it for a while. Now that my fantasy slump is over, I can finally read this, and appreciate the hype, I think this could easily be a five-star book for me.
4. Record of a Spaceborn Few – by Becky Chambers
This comes out in July, and I am so unbelievably excited for it! It’s my number one most anticipated release of the year, and even though I will be on holiday when it’s released, I am planning to do everything that I can to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible.
5. Sleeping Giants – by Sylvain Neuvel
This book has been on my TBR for such a long time, I’ve heard so many great things about it, so I’ve decided that I need to get to it this summer. Plus there is a lot of fantasy on this list, so this should be a nice change.
6. The House With Chicken Legs – by Sophie Anderson
I’ve heard wonderful things about this middle grade novel inspired by the Baba Yaga story, and I’m really looking forward to reading it for myself. I’ve read one other retelling in the past, and really enjoyed it, also, I need to mention that the cover is actually stunning.
7. To Kill A Kingdom – by Alexandra Christo
This was on my Spring TBR, but I never got around to it. I’m hoping this will be a book for my holidays. It would definitely be a fitting choice for reading by the ocean. I have high hopes for this one.
8. Sea Witch – by Sarah Henning
This sounds like the perfect book for me to read while I’m on holiday by the sea. I love a good retelling, and this one focuses on the origins of the sea witch from the little mermaid, so I’m definitely intrigued.
9. Norse Mythology – by Neil Gaiman
I’ve been wanting to read this ever since it came out, and I picked up the paperback a couple of months back, so now I have no excuse. I love reading works inspired by mythology, and I’ve not read much about Norse mythology, making this book all the more interesting to me.
10. Mirage – by Somaiya Daud
This doesn’t come out until August, but I’ve been lucky enough to receive a digital ARC via Netgally, and I am very much looking forward to reading it. The synopsis sounds amazing, and I’m really excited to dive in.
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