Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Shorts and More

With each change of season, I always take the time to reshuffle the books on my TBR bookshelf (and the adjacent piles) to put those I most want to get to on the top shelf. I've just finished that task again and it looks like I'm in for a summer of short stories, mysteries, classics, and escapist fiction.

If you can't decipher what all of the books are:

Kraken by China MiĆ©ville
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries
Unnatural Creatures
East, West by Salman Rushdie
Resorting to Murder
The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
The Mistaken Wife by Rose Melikan
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford
So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson
The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer
Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Lightless by C.A. Higgins
Emma by Jane Austen
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
Murder is Not Polite by Robin Stevens
The Life of the World to Come by Kage Baker
Crosstalk by Connie Willis
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

The two books I'm working on right now are Tremontaine (from the library) and The Children's Book on audio. They are both over 600 pages long so I'm not sure how many of these 25 books I will get to but it makes me happy to have such a fun shelf to look at! There are so many places I can go, so many unique people I can meet.

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Grabbing some iced tea and sunscreen,


  1. Oooh, that does indeed look like a wonderful way to spend your summer! :)

  2. Ooh, I love the doubling up on Jo Walton!

    At the beginning of the year, I put together a stack of books for me to get through in 2017, mostly because I was so appalled by the way my reading from my own stacks has really dropped. I have read a few books from my shelves! But still mostly the library. Maybe now I'll pause on my library hold list and go back to at least read a few more!

    1. I did so well on that Read My Own Damn Books project last year and then totally went back to mostly library books this year. I paused my library list for the summer too and just have two or three books still here (one is Ted Chiang!) and hope to do the rest of my summer reading from my own shelves to get back on track.
      And I didn't do the Jo Walton on purpose but was happy when I noticed it. I also have the rest of the Small Change books just in case I really get into the story. ;)

  3. I love picking my next stack of books! I haven't picked my summer books yet because I still have a John Rebus mystery and Shadow of the Wind to finish from my spring stack.

    1. Ooh, Shadow of the Wind! That's a perfect summer read too. :)