Summer 2020 TBR #toptentuesday

June 16, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2020 TBR

Summer TBR 2019
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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2020 TBR.

With all the books that are on my radar on a given day, it’s nice to pick out a few for an official TBR. Ten still leaves room for library holds that come in, occasional ARCs, or some mood reading.

One question you may ask is “Are these beach reads?” Many readers have differing opinions of what comprises a beach read: some want light and fluffy, some look for thrillers/suspense/mysteries, some seek out escapist reads, while others like to tackle large tomes or serious content during the summer when they have more time. It’s my opinion that any book you read at the beach is a beach read (just like any body at the beach is a beach body). For my summer reads, I look for the types of books I look for all year: memorable, thought-provoking, and unputdownable.

Keep in mind that I’m not yet recommending the books on this list…..check back often though because I will provide updates and links to reviews as I read them. For now, these are the reads that are on my summer 2020 reading radar.

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny (cover) Image: text over a background of a darkened Eiffel Tower against a swirly painted sky

All the Devils Are Here by Louise Penny

#16 in the Chief Inspector Gamache/Three Pines series (mystery/detective)
***UPDATE: 4.5 (rounded to 5) Stars. Loved the family/father and son themes in this one! My full review of All the Devils Are Here.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (cover) Image: a man and woman stand against a railing with backs to the camera

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

New fiction release by a favorite author.
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. My review of Anxious People here.

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (cover) Image: a golden wilderness landscape including sky and a river

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles

A new histfic title by the author of News of the World.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Full review of Simon the Fiddler Here.

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn (cover)

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Nonfiction, memoir.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Full review of The Salt Path here.

Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman (cover)

Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman (ARC)

Historical Fiction, WW11, France.
***UPDATE: 3.5 Stars. My full review of Paris Never Leaves You here.

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson (cover)

Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson

Nonfiction, Books About Books, Memoir, Christian.
***UPDATE: 3 Stars. Not reviewed.

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison (cover)

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

Nonfiction, Anti-Racist, Social Justice, Christian.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Not reviewed.

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai (cover) Image: white text over a mountaineous background

The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Historical Fiction, Vietnamese.
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. Poignant, emotional, and compelling. My full review of The Mountains Sing here.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (cover) Image: pen and ink sketch of a horse, a boy, a mole, and a fox

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

Picture book.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Poignant and inspirational reflections reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

One Time by Sharon Creech (cover) Image: a young girl and boy run through a field, flower border

One Time by Sharon Creech

Middle-Grade Realistic Fiction.
UPDATE: 2 Stars. Not my favorite Creech.


What’s on your Summer TBR? 


Spring 2020 TBR
Winter 2019/2020 TBR
Fall 2019 TBR

Looking Ahead:

I’m excited about the second annual post coming soon titled “ONE Great Summer Read,” a collaboration of twelve blogging friends each offering one reading recommendation for a not-to-miss-book.

One Great Summer Read

Find last summer’s post here.

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  1. The only one on my TBR is Anxious People. I always watch for your reviews and often add more to my TBR after seeing what you think. Enjoy this list of books.

  2. Great list, Carol! I’ll be looking forward to your reviews. Somehow, I’d completely missed that Fredrik Backman has a new one coming, and Book Girl has been on my shelf for ages. Maybe I’ll read it this summer, as well. Louise Penny is an automatic preorder for me, so that’s a done deal. I’m also looking forward to hearing what you have to say about Latasha Morrison’s book.

  3. I hope you enjoy all of these books. And, yes, beach reads can look like wildly different things depending on the reader’s preferences. I personally like to read spooky ghost stories as beach reads. There’s something delightful about reading something a little dark on a hot, humid day. 🙂

    My TTT .

    • Reading ghost stories at the beach sounds perfect! 😂😂😂 I can already picture it! Have you read The Beautiful Strangers? It has a ghost and is set at the beach! Not scary though. Happy reading!

    • It’s so nice to be in a series and be looking forward to the next installment without having to wait a year! I’m happy to hear you are enjoying them! Thanks for leaving your link…I’m hopping over now!

  4. So glad to get your list Carol!! I wrote several down on my list to track down. You let me in on 2 new Fredrick Backman books!! hooray! I just finished Americanah– have you read it?? Nigerian immigrants and their views of the world outside Nigeria– plus a complicated love story. The Fullerton Library has opened up fo curbside service so that’s a relief! But they are not part of the Orange Country system– so they don’t have newer books available. In the risk/benefit analysis of getting out, we’re not going to restaurants to eat, but if the Brea library opened, I’d take the plunge!! OK, thanks again for always being a reliable source of worthwhile books!! xo

    • Yes I did read Americanah. I loved the reflections and observations…but the love story not so much. I’m happy to hear you have curbside service! I get all my library books through Libby. I think I’d feel safe going into a library. But not into restaurants! We order curbside pickup occasionally and use drive through sometimes….but it’s a hassle to sanitize! I ventured into Home Depot last weekend to get a few things…my first time going into a store. I have been ordering groceries from Walmart pickup. I also got my hair cut. We’re in this for the long haul so we have to get used to doing certain necessary activities safely I guess. Our first strategy is to stay home though. Thanks for commenting Rhonda! It’s always a treat to hear from you!

  5. There are some cheerful books on your list. Simon the Fiddler, The Salt Path, Be the Bridge and The Mountains Sing seem to be the most interesting ones for me, though.

    Happy Reading.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  6. There’s a few books on this list that I want to read! I am intrigued by The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.(Did I get that in the right order?)

  7. I can’t wait to read the #16 in the Chief Inspector Gamache, but since I’m only at book 6 so far, I still have a while to go.

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