Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer

It's Tuesday and time for another Top Ten list. We spent Sunday evening at Barnes & Noble armed with long-held gift cards, and we're getting ready for our vacation, so today's list is ten books that I plan to read this summer. It's a strange sort of list, including some new releases, some classics I've never read before, and a mix of middle-grade, teen, and grown-up books. I'm sure more will come along as the summer progresses, but these 10 are on my bookshelf, waiting...

Top Ten Books I Want To Read This Summer
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Pilgrims of Rayne by D.J. MacHale –middle-grade/teen (Book 8 in the Pendragon series)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - teen (author of The Underland Chronicles, a family favorite for middle-grade readers)
  • The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Building a Home with My Husband by Rachel Simon (author of Riding the Bus with My Sister)
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
I can't wait to get started! So, what do you want to read this summer?


  1. Sue, I read Plainsong years ago. I liked it. There's a sequel of sorts that I haven't read yet. Looks like a great list of books!

  2. I found you via the Book Blog Directory. I really like your posts and I'm now your newest follower. Some books I'd like to read this summer:

    Birdsong by Faulks
    Home Safe by Berg
    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Ford

  3. Hi, Pam -

    Welcome to Book by Book! Thanks for signing up as a follower.

    I've enjoyed a couple of Elizabeth Berg novels, too, and I've heard Home Safe is a good one. I'll have to look for that one when I get back from vacation.


  4. If you do read it, I'd love to hear what you think.

  5. What a great list -- I haven't read any of them! Look forward to hearing what you think of each book.

  6. As I explore the blogosphere I'm finding more and more blogs with some great books listed (yours included) - now if only someone would write a book on 'cloning' so I could clone myself and read all of the books suggested!

  7. Hi, Simey -

    Welcome to my blog! Yes, I agree with - so many good books to read and so little time! Still, that's the idea behind my blog - why waste your limited reading time on books that are just mediocre? Hope you enjoy the reviews here...