Summer 2022 TBR #toptentuesday

June 28, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2022 TBR

Summer TBR #TopTenTuesday

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I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl: Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Summer 2022 TBR.

With all the books 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 a 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. This summer I actually have more light women’s fiction on my TBR than in the past. (I’m also an incorrigible mood reader)

cartoon: 2 people lying on the beach reading: "Don't Tell anyone but this is really my winter reading."

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 2022 reading radar.

And….Happy Winter reading to my friends and followers in the Southern Hemisphere!

*Titles are Amazon affiliate links.

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews (cover) Image: blue and red text over a blue striped background

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

Women’s Fiction
This is receiving good reviews, so I’m hopeful!
***UPDATE: It was OK. 3.5 Stars.

French Braid by Anne Tyler (cover) Image: white text over the background picture of a blue braided rug

French Braid by Anne Tyler

Literary Historical Fiction
Tyler’s books are heavily character-driven and I like a little more plot, so we’ll see.
***UPDATE: DNF 50%. Character-Driven is hit or miss for me.

The Impulse Purchase by Veronica Henry (cover) Image: yellow text, blue background, graphic image of a yellow house

The Impulse Purchase by Veronica Henry

Women’s Fiction
I loved Veronica Henry’s How to Find Love in a Bookshop, so I have high hopes for her recent release.

The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster (cover) Image: a young woman sits on a wooden porch overlooking a small lake or pond

The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster

Women’s Fiction, Romance
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Ok light read.

The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery (cover) Image: a woman wearing a large brim white hat wades out into the ocean

The Summer Getaway by Susan Mallery

Women’s Fiction, Romance
***UPDATE: 2.5 Stars. Too much open-door romance and crude talk for my taste.

A brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly (cover) Image: a nighttime ocean scene with a large white iceberg ahead

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

Historical Fiction, Titanic
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars. Fascinating rescue effort from the Carpathia’s perspective.

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband by Lizzie Damilola Backburn (cover) Image: graphic picture of a young black woman in the foreground and 4 older black women in the background

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Women’s Fiction, Romance, Nigerian
The adorable title and “own voices” attracts my attention!
***UPDATE: 4.5 Stars. Fun, diverse read.

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson (cover) Image: a young woman in a white blouse and red skirt sits on a cabinet top surrounded by books and bookshelves

The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson

Historical Fiction, WW11, Books About Books
A holdover from my Spring TBR. I’m seeing wonderful reviews for this….I’m impatiently holding out for the kindle or paperback format. ***update: e version will not be available until early 2023.

The Magnoliz Palace by Fiona Davis (cover) Image: pinkish/white magnolias edge the border of a background picture of a woman in a plum long coat standing on the steps of an older large building

The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis

Historical Fiction, New York City
Fiona Davis is known for featuring famous New York City buildings in her books, so I’m curious to read about the one central to this story.
***UPDATE: 3.5 Stars. OK read but not memorable.

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O'Donohue (cover) Image: text centered in a tan and blue design

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings by John O’Donahue

Prayers of Blessing.
***UPDATE: I’m reading a blessing once in a while but it’s not compelling. Poets may enjoy this more.


What’s on your Summer TBR? 


Spring 2022  TBR
Winter 2021/2022 TBR
Fall 2021 TBR

Looking Ahead:

I’m excited about my fourth annual “ONE Great Summer Read” post coming July 7, a collaboration of TWENTY 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. What a great list, Carol. I have read the MaryKay Andrews, Lori Foster, Susan Mallery and Fiona Davis. I enjoyed them all. I have a couple of these others on my TBR and hope to get to them soon. I hope you enjoy whichever ones you are able to fit in.

  2. I liked Homewreckers but it will have too much language for you I think! Check my review ♥️

  3. I think this is the first time I’ve read a novel before you! The Magnolia Palace by Fiona Davis was a 4-star read for me. It was the first book I’ve read by Fiona Davis, and it won’t be my last.

    I just borrowed the audiobook and ebook of The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. It’s an oldie, but I’ve never read it. I thought I would try to to both listen and read because it’s 650 pages long. I’m curious to see how a mixed reading experience goes.

    • Yay! Happy to hear you enjoyed Magnolia! You might like Lions of Fifth Avenue as well! Shell Seekers is a modern classic I think! Nice to check it off! I think I need a reread because I can’t remember the story!

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