Top Ten Tuesday–Summer TBR

I contributed to Broke and Bookish when it was around. I am so thankful that Jana is carrying on the weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme. I know it’s a lot of work on her part to come up with topics and come up with her own list and post the thing on time. I love participating in TTT because it’s a great way of linking people together, but I don’t read series or YA or sci-fi, so sometimes the topics can be difficult to impossible for me to make a list for. That said, I’ll participate when I can, when I think about it, because it’s nice to have a focus for a post.

This week’s topic is Books to Read by the Pool or at the Beach (or otherwise your Summer TBR).

I’m really bad about coming up with a reading list and actually sticking to it because then it feels like required reading, which I hate doing. However, I’ve been thinking about how I should come up with a summer reading list for fun, so this topic was perfect for today!

  1. The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy–I’ve already started this one. It’s kind of a light breezy read about a gal coming into her own while living in Paris. So far it feels like what the inside of Holly Golightly’s head must be like, which I love!
  2. In a Lonely Place by Megan Abbott–The back cover hails this as “a classic of golden age noir.” The back cover also says it has a feminist kick and is an indictment of toxic masculinity AND has a great story. I read a few noir books for a college class, and really enjoyed them, so I’m excited to read this.
  3. Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan–I’ve seen this one floating around my radar for years. I finally bought a copy. It’s about a 17 year old in Paris with her father and his mistress. She tries to make sense of the world around her as she’s being exposed to adult bullshit at a tender age. Seems ripe for drama, bad decisions, and growth. These are a few of my favorite things.
  4. Who Is Vera Kelly by Rosalie Knecht–A spy novel about a young female who is recruited by the CIA and sent to Argentina. This is a new release and I’ve seen a lot of people talking about it, so I had to jump in.
  5. 1984 by George Orwell–Ever since November 2016 I’ve been thinking I need to read this one because that’s where we were headed, and unfortunately I’ve been right about that.
  6. Grace Paley’s Short Stories–I’m wanting to do more creative writing, yet I’ve never really been into short stories. I feel like I need to read some by a master in order to help shape my craft. Probably also throw in here short stories by Capote, Mary Miller, maybe Hemingway, and some of Josef Conrad’s shorter works.
  7. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion–I saw that they’re making this into a Netflix movie starring Anne Hathaway. I need to read this before it comes out. Also JOAN! How could I not?
  8. Sex and the City and Us by Jennifer Keishan Armstrong–I cannot believe that it’s been 20 years since SATC premiered. We didn’t have HBO and I was 10 when it first came out, but as soon as reruns started airing on TBS and E! when I was in high school, I was hooked! So often I wind up quoting the show without realizing it. I know some of the lines in the show are a bit dated and ill-informed, but I think the show has aged well.
  9. Travels with Myself and Another by Martha Gellhorn–Summer seems like a great time to read someone else’s travelogue. I love Gellhorn. She led such an adventurous life and refused to accept the identity of Hemingway’s third wife. She was so much more.
  10. Everything I Know about Love by Dolly Alderton–I love the personal essay. From the description, I think we’re about the same age, so I think this collection will be spot on for me. I’m impatiently awaiting my copy to arrive.

BONUS PICK–My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh–I came across a review of this in Vanity Fair and it sounds amazing. She graduates college and has all of these advantages, but decides to avoid the world for a year. I can relate because that’s basically what I’ve done the past couple of months. It doesn’t come out until July 10, so I have a bit of a wait, but I can read some of my other picks before then.

Those are my current summer reading plans. We’ll see how many of them I actually get to.

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