Allison: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Feels something like summertime
Top down ain’t nothing but time
Radio’s on and you’re by my side
Feels something like summertime

–Bon Jovi

Hey everyone, it’s Allison!

I really wanted to do this week’s Top Ten Tuesday for Good Books and Good Wine in order to force myself to actually focus and pick out the books that I wanted to read this summer. Hopefully this will help me not only get through my reading pile a bit but, will also allow me to have a more enjoyable summer by already knowing what I plan on reading. No stressing out trying to decide what to read next! Woo hoo.


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As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish and was created by The Perpetual Page Turner.

1. Insurgent – Veronica Roth

Insurgent, Veronica Roth, Book Cover, Divergent Sequel Cover


Why? I have been looking forward to the sequel to Divergent since I finished it. So, the question begs to be asked, why haven’t I read Insurgent yet? I’m not sure honestly but, I definitely plan on reading it this summer. I can’t wait for more Tris and Four goodness!

2. A Million Suns – Beth Revis

a million suns beth revis book cover

Why? After enjoying Across the Universe so much, I’m so excited to continue with Amy and Elder’s adventure on Godspeed. Thus, this book will be read this summer, if I have anything to say about it.

3. The Graceling Realm Trilogy (Graceling ; Fire ; Bitterblue) – Kristin Cashore

seven kingdoms trilogy Kristin Cashore

Why? April has been pushing me to read this trilogy for the longest time, especially after we went to the Kristin Cashore signing at Oblong Books. She swears that I will fall in love with it, and given that she knows me so well I’m willing to be that I will. I can’t wait to find another story that I want to read over and over again.

4. Breaking Beautiful – Jennifer Shaw Wolf

breaking beautiful Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Why? The premise of this book sounds heartbreaking but, I’m still excited to read it. I think it’ll help balance out my summer. Also, I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book. I’m looking forward to having a good cry with it.

5.Freaks Like Us – Susan Vaught

freaks like us Susan Vaught

Why? I received this book at BEA from Bloomsbury, and it sounds right up my alleyway. It’s a mystery where the main character is a boy with schizophrenia and he is the only one who can help find his missing best friend. Given my background in psychology, I have a strong feeling that this story will hook me from the beginning, and I’m excited to read it.

6. Carnival of Souls – Melissa Marr

carnival of souls Melissa Marr Book Cover

Why? Ahhh. I’m so glad I managed to get a copy of this at BEA! It sounds amazing. I can’t wait to explore The City, and see what the Carnival of Souls is all about.

7. Valkyrie Rising – Ingrid Paulson

Valkyrie Rising Ingrid Book Cover

Why? I received this book as a gift for attending the Kristin Cashore signing at Oblong Books and it sounds super good! Norway. Mythology. Romance. Yes, please!

8. The Diviners – Libba Bray

the diviners Libba Bray Book Cover

Why? One of my ‘fan girl’ moments of BEA was when I was getting my copy of The Diviners signed by the amazing Libba Bray, and I told her how much I love her books (because I do!) and she took my hand and thanked me for loving her work. Ahh. That being said, I’m super excited to read it, and see what she has in store for us this time.

9. Origin – Jessica Khoury

Origin Jessica Khoury Book Cover

Why? Romance mixed with mystery and jungle conspiracy? I’m definitely interested.

10. Firelight – Kristen Callihan

Firelight Kristen Callihan Book Cover

Why? Ever since I first found out about it I’ve really wanted to read it. Rumor has it that it is pretty sexy. Also, it is historically based, and contains fantasy, and magic. Sounds pretty good, right? It is also the only non-YA book on my TBR list this summer.

So, there’s my list. What’s on yours?

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Allison is 27 years old. She is always looking for new books, good music, quality/epic adventures, and a normal sleep schedule. She currently works with the elderly.


  1. I agree with April, you should definitely check out Kristine Cashore’s books! I’m a big fan of her writing. I wish she’d have an event here in the Philippines so I can meet her in person too. 😛

  2. Awesome list, Allison! I’ve read your top 3 choices and they are all fabulous. If you loved Across the Universe, I think you will be very pleased with A Million Suns. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

    And Origins and The Diviners look fantastic. So cool you got to meet Libba Bray at BEA.

    Happy summer reading!

  3. I’ve read Graceling, but I need to do something about the next two in the series sitting unread on my shelve!! So exciting that you got to meet Libba Bray! She sounds lovely! And I’m really excited about The Diviners as well! And OMG! You have Valkyrie Rising! Yes please is right! Hope you enjoy! 🙂

  4. I feel like a weirdo commenting on my own blog, but OMG ALLISON IF YOU DONT READ GRACELING I AM NO LONGER TAKING YOU TO SIGNINGS. Boom, the gauntlet has been dropped.

  5. OMG you got a copy of Carnival of souls at BEA i’m so jealous :p !
    You really need to read Kristin Cashore books Graceling is awesome and Bitterblue is one of my favorite book ever <3.
    I hope you'll enjoy reading these books !

  6. Great list! I too need to read Insurgent – just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Also, I want to read the Graceling trilogy – it’s on my to-read list! And thanks for pointing out Valkyrie Rising – that looks awesome.

  7. Insurgent is on my list as well! I’m anxious to get started on it. YAY for Cashore’s books. They are beyond amazing! You will love them. 🙂

  8. Divergent is on my summer TBR list, as I’m a bit behind and haven’t even read that yet! (I’m sure after reading it, Insurgent will be placed on the TBR list too.) Freaks Like Us and Firelight look really interesting, too–I haven’t heard of either, but they sound great.

  9. YES YES YES THE SEVEN KINGDOMS!!! This is a series I want EVERYONE to read. Even if they don’t enjoy (and really, who would not enjoy it?) I feel like they NEED to read it for the messages.

    I remember you saying somewhere you took Woman Studies/were a Woman Studies major, so I KNOW that you will LOVE IT.


  10. “Freaks Like Us” definitely sounds interesting!

  11. Great list! I loved Firelight & Graceling 🙂 Happy reading!

  12. I LOVED Insurgent and A Million Suns (the end of AMS will have you in a glass case of emotion, haha)! Great list! I can’t wait to read Carnival of Souls, The Diviners, and Origin, too!

    Happy Summer Reading!


  13. I’ve read the first 2. Insurgent was SO good. And so was A Million Suns.

    Graceling is on my list to read.. and I do want to read a Carnival of Souls

  14. Freaks Like Us sounds AMAZING. My background is psych also and I’ve never heard of this one! I also have Breaking Beautiful on my list.. and the Graceling trilogy sounds like a maybe.. idk why I’ve tbeen skeptical!

    check mine 🙂
    Top Ten Tuesday!

  15. I’m dying to read THE DIVINERS – I love me some Libba Bray!

  16. Graceling Trilogy and Breaking Beautiful are both ones I’ve read, and they’re AMAZEBALLS awesome!

  17. I think if you liked Divergent, then you’ll like Insurgent as well. I’m reading Diviners now and LOVING it. And Freaks Like Us sounds SOOO GOOD. I got it at BEA and I am so excited to read it! I’m pretty excited for the rest of your list, too.

  18. Hope you love Insurgent-I had trouble getting into it but then I flew through the end. Although it’s a massive book, I do think it’s a good summer read!

  19. Origin sound really great. I’ve been drooling over it from a-far. I can’t wait for it to come out so I can get my hands on it.

    yay for the graceling books. I read the first, but not the rest yet. I really enjoyed it.

    That’s awesome you got a copy of carnival of souls. I’ve read just about everything by her, except her short story book that recently came out. but all of her stuff is gold. I love her writing so much. enjoy! I’ll be watching to see what you think of it! 🙂

  20. Eeep so much goodness!

  21. So many good books!! I really need to read the Kristin Cashore books, too … everyone is saying such good things about them! And I still haven’t read Insurgent, though it’s high on my list.

    You’ll love A Million Suns … it was SUCH a good book!

  22. The Diviners sounds Great! Libba Bray is great so add that to 1920s Mysterious Powers and I am THERE!

  23. There are so many books here on my reading list (not just for summer though) – Insurgent & Bitterblue just for starters – just got them in from the library and I can’t wait.

  24. I really want to read the Graceling series, too. I’ve heard it’s one of the best fantasy series in YA-dom, and that’s saying a lot!

  25. Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf says

    I am so jealous of your Libba Bray encounter! I can’t wait to get the Diviners! I have had Beauty Queens on my mind so much ever since Miss USA gave an awesome answer to the transgender beauty queens question!

  26. Firelight was very sexy & I hope to get to Endlessly next week. Can’t wait to see how it all ends.

  27. overload of awesomeness lol. These books sounds so good 😀
    My Top Ten Tuesday:

  28. I haven’t read the Graceling Realm trilogy either, even though everyone and their mother has said how amazing they are. I look forward to seeing what you think of them!

  29. Insurgent is AMAZING. I only finished it at the beginning of the month, but I can confidently say it’s one of my favorite reads of 2012 for sure. I hope you definitely get to read it this summer!

    Also, the Graceling series – FABULOUS. I love that series hardcore, though I have yet to read Bitterblue.