Summer 2023 TBR #TopTenTuesday #booktwitter #bookworm #summerreading

It’s time for the Summer 2023 TBR! Happy summer reading everyone! Share one book you’re excited to read this summer.

II do not make a monthly TBR, but I enjoy curating a seasonal TBR. Ten priority reads over three months is just right. This leaves room for ARCS, library holds, and mood readings. For my Spring TBR, I completed nine out of ten reads. I’m on a lengthy hold list for the one book I didn’t complete, so I’m carrying it over to the Summer TBR.

I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2023 TBR.

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(In no particular order)

Brave the Wild River by Melissa L. Sevigny

Brave the Wild River by Melissa Sevigny (cover) Image: white text in a green text box; images of two wome explorers and the grand canyon landscape above and below

I’m always eager to add more biographical nonfiction and untold stories to my TBR. This sounds like narrative nonfiction (reads like fiction) which is my favorite nonfiction.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Interesting! My review of Brave the Wild River here.

Life in Five Senses by Gretchen Rubin

fe in Five Senses by Gretcen Rubin (cover) text in a white circle surrounded by multi colored flowers

This is an intriguing title and beautiful cover! Thanks for putting it on my radar Kendra @ KendraNicole.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. Inspiring! My review of Life in Five Senses is coming soon.

Homecoming by Kate Morton

Homecoming by Kate Morton (cover) Image: a darkened hallway with a light shining through the arched doorway at the far end

This is a holdover from my Spring TBR. I’ve read mixed reviews, but I still want to see for myself.
***UPDATE: 3 Stars. It’s very long and overly descriptive (others have loved it more than I did). Not reviewed.

How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas G. Foster

How to Read Literature Like a Professor (cover) Image: white and yellow text in a red text box on top of the page of an open book

I’ve had this on my TBR for a long time. Even though I was an English Major and have been reading all my life, I’m hoping to gain good insight and enhance my reading life.
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. More academic than I expected. Not reviewed.

The Life Council by Laura Tremaine

The Life Council by Laura Tremaine (cover) Image: black text over multicolored horizonal lines

I value friendship themes in literature as well as my IRL and online friends, so I’m hoping for an inspiring read.
***UPDATE: 2.5 Stars. Underwhelmed and bored. Not reviewed.

Land Girls at the Wartime Bookshop by Lesley Eames

Land Girls at the Wartime Bookshop by Lesley Eames (cover) Image: the faces of three attractive WWII era young women

I loved The Wartime Bookshop and appreciate Lesley Eames’s uplit WWII women’s fiction. I’ll requested the ARC, but I’ll buy it in October if I’m declined (and hold it over for my Fall TBR).
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. I love stories of the “home front,” women supporting women, and a book about books. Review coming soon.

Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See (cover) Image: white text over a background picture of an Asian woman's face

I’m always eager to read Lisa See’s newest release!
***UPDATE: 5 Stars. Compelling, emotional, and informative story of friendship and women supporting women. My review of Lady Tan’s Circle of Women here.

A Christmas Baby at Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller

A Christmas Baby at Goodwill House by Fenella J. Miller (cover) Image: a young woman and man stand in a snowy landscape holding a toddler

I jumped into this series late when I reviewed Wedding Bells at Goodwill House, so I’d like to read the last installment in this gently told historical women’s fiction series and catch up with the main characters. (hoping for an ARC)
***UPDATE: 4 Stars. #7 in the series. Gently written histfic (WWII “home front”)

Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan

Late Bloomers by Deepa Varadarajan (cover) Image: white text over a graphic image of four women's heads and each one has flowers in her braid or bun

I’m always looking for diverse reads and “own voices” authors to round out my TBR.
***UPDATE: 3 Stars. A bit underwhelmed with this complicated family drama. Not reviewed.

The Postcard by Anne Berest

The Postcard by Anne Berest (cover) Image: black and white photo of a woman and a canceled stamp in the upper right corner

Although I’ve read some outstanding reviews, I’m not sure I’m ready for another heavy WWII historical fiction read.
***UPDATE: DNF. I wasn’t feeling engaged enough to check this out of the library again after my loan was up. Then I read a review that led me to believe that it was better left as a DNF as some of the content appears not to match my reading tastes.


What book are you most excited to read this summer?

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  1. My daughter had to read How to Read Literature Like a Professor for school. She’s 23 now and still hasn’t forgiven her teacher for assigning it. Hahaha. Hope it’s a valuable read for you!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who reads novels set in winter during the summer. Living in Florida, I find that reading about snow and cold weather refreshing when it’s hot and humid outside. Since I can go to the beach anytime of the year (I live about a 15-minute drive away), a “beach read” loses its meaning.

    PS – I’m still reading your blog. Sorry I haven’t been commenting lately.

  3. Lady Tan’s Circle of Women is a book I’ve seen for the first time today, but now I really want to read it! I quite like Kate Morton, but I haven’t read anything by her in some time. Homecoming might be just what I need.

    Hope you get to all of these!

    Elza Reads

  4. Great list! I am with you about being reluctant to read another heavy WW2 novel, and I will probably pass on The Postcard, but I just finished The Secret Book of Flora Lea and LOVED it. There are flashbacks to WW2, but not in battle areas. It will probably be my favorite book of the summer.

  5. Great list! I bought HOMECOMING when it came out because I didn’t want to wait in my library’s long holds line, but I still haven’t read it. I’m excited for it, just need to make time for it. I hope you enjoy it and all these others!

    Happy TTT!


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