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Julia's Summer TBR List 2016


Hello, everyone! So, as of last Monday, it is officially summer, no matter when you got off from school. (Although by now I would imagine that you are on your break.) With summer vacation comes more time, and lots of opportunity to get books read! (There will also be more time for blogging. Thank you, summer!) I am very excited to get reading this summer, and below is my complete list of books that I want to read this summer. Feel free to read "with me" by picking up some of these books this summer! Unfortunately, I know that I won't get to read them all.

Notes: If you don't like the books listed below, check out another list of summer books: "Books to Look For: Summer 2016". Also, they are not in a particular order, and I have no idea what order I will read them in.


1. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
Some of you might recognize this book from my post "Books to Look For: Summer 2016". This was #1 on my other post: "Books to Look For: Summer 2016". Maybe that's because I really want to read it. I am looking forward to hearing what she has to say!

2. You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
This book was also on my list of books to look for this summer. Actually, the first three (Being Jazz, You Know Me Well, and Girl in Pieces) were on the list. This book is one of those books with LGBT+ themes, but it is more than that. It looks like it is a story of unexpected friendship, and maybe self-exploration? Eh, it wouldn't get 3.97/4 stars on Goodreads for nothing!

3. Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (when it comes out)
Like I said in the other post, this book "sounds like it'll be one of those books that is so beautiful and will forever haunt you." It looks like a lovely book and who wouldn't want to read a beauty of a book? Unfortunately, this book is yet to come out (publication date will most likely be August 30th), so who knows if I'll actually get the chance to read it in the summer? :(

4. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
This book is about a mother who lost her son to a car accident and those who are digging into the case. Apparently it is an emotion-grabber and a tear-jerker with a shocking twist. To me, this book sounds pretty interesting, and I need to branch out to other genres, anyway!


5. They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch
The events in this book will make you shocked that this is an autobiography. But it's true, and the author actually had to go through such events. I actually have gotten through a good deal of the book, for one of my teachers actually read this book to our class. Everyone was very interested in the book. I really want to finish it (we were unable to in class), and I am sure that this will be one of the books that I am reading this summer! (I plan on rereading the parts we already read too.)

6. How Many Letters are in Goodbye? (finish)
This is my current read, so I'm not sure if it counts. But, hey: this is a part of my summer reading, because I will be finishing it in the summer, right? It's a good book so far, and I like the format of letters. (The book is made up of letters the main character writes to their dead mother.) They are trying to let go while dealing with the rest of their troubles, but life just seems to get harder and harder.

7. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz (finish)
I am really liking this book so far, and I have to thank my mom for getting it out of the library for me. This book is basically a teen version of the other book by Susan Cain. I am liking this book so far because I can relate to it. It is pretty much a book to guide and support (if that's the right word) those who are introverted and/or shy. In the book, the author basically tells readers, "It is okay to be this way, and you can still be great even if you are introverted and shy."

8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This is that book I was referring to in the previous book description. It seems like a good book, although I am not sure of how much I'll enjoy it. What if it's too similar to Quiet Power? Additionally, my mom told me that it's a little repetitive.

9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
This book is about a little African American girl who wishes her eyes were the color or her other classmates. In other words, she wishes that they were blue. But life isn't so easy for this little girl....This book seems like a book I would like because I like to read books about people overcoming hardships. It also discusses race and gender, and I want to see how Morrison deals with these topics.

10. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
This memoir seems like it will be a powerful story to read. In the book, Walls describes the troubles her family faced with her alcoholic father, and focuses on the story of how, with some courage, they finally left.

11. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I have been meaning to read this book for quite some time now. At first I thought that it might be too disturbing for me (I don't like scary anything), then I realized that it probably wouldn't be that bad, and, finally, I was set on reading it. That was a while ago, yet I still haven't started reading the series. I did, however, get a sample of it and read that. I enjoyed it, so we'll see if I like the rest of the book!


I was going to add more books onto this list, but, honestly, I don't think I'll be able to read all of them! I will add them to my own personal list, but the ones above are the ones that I definitely want to read this summer. The other books that I would be interested in are on my regular TBR list, and they are:

  • The Shadow of the Wind
  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
  • Passenger (not sure; heard it was bad??)
  • Hello?
  • Salt to the Sea
  • Gone Girl
  • The Girl on the Train
  • The Gusty Girl
  • The Cosmopolitans
  • Challenger Deep
  • Sleeping Giants (maybe)
  • Every Day (once again, maybe?)
  • The Haters

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  1. I loved Quiet, although I must admit I skimmed parts of it.

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