9 Books and Series I'm Reading This Summer

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It's time for another seasonal TBR, which is actually working out much better for me compared to the monthly TBRs I used to do. I managed to read the majority of the books from my Spring TBR, the only exceptions being Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (wasn't really feeling mystery novels this spring) and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (I have no excuse, reading this ASAP). My main goal for this summer is to finish up and catch up on most of the book series I have started, so that's what I'll be reading first. Other than that, I'm still very much in the science fiction and fantasy mood, so everything on this list is in that realm of things.

1. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin is actually something I made a lot of progress on in the spring! I only have one book left, and then I'll be all caught up and anxiously awaiting the release of The Winds of Winter. I am, of course, loving the series, so A Dance with Dragons is on top of my TBR right now. Side note: if you're wondering why A Feast for Crows is in this photo, it's because I took the photo last week when I didn't realize I was going to marathon that book and finish it before I post this. 

2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is the series I started most recently, and I definitely want to continue reading it. The whole science fiction spin on classic fairy tales is really working for me, so Scarlet and Cress are up next on my list. I know there is one more book—Fairest, which takes place between books 3 and 4 (released later this year), but I haven't purchased that one just yet. We'll see how those two go first.

3. Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman is a series I should have finished a while ago. I'm not sure what has taken me so long, since I love the premise of the series, and the first book is my favorite YA dystopian novel I have read so far. So, I'm definitely planning on reading  UnSouled and UnDivided this summer.

4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is my first book by this author. If you remember my reading goals post from the beginning of this year, Brandon Sanderson was on it as one of the authors I definitely wanted to get to because most of the fantasy readers out there love this guy's writing. This is actually one of this month's picks for the book club that Lindsay and I run, so I really should get started.

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is another one of our book club picks. I've heard a lot of amazing things about Kazuo Ishiguro's books. I've also seen the movie based on this particular one, and it left a lasting impression on me. 

6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is one of those science fiction novels that I really should have read by now. To be honest, I don't know much about it because when people talk about this book they assume you already know what it's about. I'm actually totally fine with that, since I really like going into books knowing as little as possible. This should be fun!

7. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is a book I have been really wanting to read for the past few years, but I've also been really intimidated by it. I know it features a lot of story lines that take place at different points in time, and some of them can be pretty confusing. This book has some polarized reviews, so I'm curious to find out how I'll feel about it. 

8. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is his most recent novel, and supposedly a bit easier to comprehend than Cloud Atlas. As you can see, I'm on a David Mitchell mission here. From what I understand, it also features multiple story lines that are somehow connected.

9. Armada by Ernest Cline is the only book on this list that I don't own yet because it's not released until July. However, I know I will be reading it as soon as I get my hands on it because I absolutely loved Ready Player One (it was on my list of favorite books I read in 2014). Armada has a lot to live up to!

That's it for my summer TBR, and considering that we are halfway through June, I better get started on this list. What are you reading this summer?

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