Monday, June 24, 2019

TTT: My Summer 2019 TBR

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The topic this week is: books on my summer TBR. I've already shared a picture of my book bingo sheet, but I'll dive into it a bit more for you here.

These books come from different mental categories that I will try to break down for you here.

  • Project LIT titles. Books chosen to combine excellent story telling with a more diverse range of #ownvoices experience. Middle grade and young adult books alike.
  • OBOB titles. Books that my Battle of the Books kids will be reading next year.
  • Classics for my classic challenge. Kind of self explanatory.
  • Books that have been recommended to me or that have a lot of buzz. Basically, these are just books out of the thousands of books I want to read that for whatever reason I added to this bingo card.
  • and one book I own and have been wanting to read forever. I won a giveaway (hi Sam!) and asked for this book, since I usually don't buy books for myself (as opposed to my classroom library), so a giveaway sounded like the right time to do that. If I had to pick one favorite author, this would be the one, though it's as much admiration for the person as for their books. I haven't even read all their books, and some of them are a bit dated. But this is the last book they published before their death, and I already know I love their essays, so...gotta read it.

They could also be divided thusly:
  • Books in my classroom library.
  • Books I've checked out from the library.
  • Books I need to track down somehow, most likely by buying for my classroom library.
  • and that one book I own and have been wanting to read forever.

 The first set of categories might be more interesting for you though.

Project LIT titles
Barely Missing Everything
Here to Stay
Dear Martin
Front Desk
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
On the Come Up
The Astonishing Color of After
They Call Me Güero

OBOB Titles
The Girl Who Drank the Moon

A Moveable Feast
A Distant Mirror

Buzzy books and books I've been wanting to get to for awhile
Daughter of  the Pirate King
Juliet Takes a Breath
The Ghosts of Heaven
Hot Dog Girl
The Other Americans
The Boy Who Steals Houses
An Ember in the Ashes
One and Future
Keep this To Yourself 

The other book
No Time to Spare

I italicized the books I've already gotten to. Yay me! I'm not close to any bingos though. And then things happen like I read the first book in a series (Ember in the Ashes, Daughter of the Pirate King) and then have to go read the others. Or my daughter grabs a bunch of great looking thrillers from my classroom as I pack up for the summer and I decide to read those too. get it. I probably won't get blackout on this bingo sheet, even though I'll read more than 25 books this summer. (I'm five books behind on my Book A Day project, but have no doubt that graphic novels will help me catch up at some point.) I hate being told what to read next, even by myself, but I also feel this complete sense of accomplishment when I FINALLY read a book I've been meaning to read for a long time. Hopefully this will set the right balance of planning and spontaneity for my fragile psyche.


  1. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is so good. Good luck with your list. My TTT

  2. I see a few there that I've been eyeing. Daughter of the Pirate King for sure. And Hot Dog Girl just sounds fun!

    I like how you have these broken down.

  3. I love reading these even when I'm not participating (I just published another author interview on my blog instead). You might want to take a look - Jane Davis is an amazing author!

  4. Ivy Aberdeen was so good. I really enjoyed that book, and have been enjoying all Blake's backlist as well. I am hoping my hold for her newest release comes through soon. I am going to be reading Hot Dog Girl. It screams summer to me, since it's set in the summer in an amusement park. Front Desk is one I want to read too. It's won some awards, and I have been a lot of positive reviews.

  5. Seems like you have a good plan set out for summer reading. I hope you get around to reading all the books you want to read, especially the one you have been wanting to read forever! On my list I went for a bunch of books I have owned for a while and some audiobooks I'm excited to get to. Happy reading :)

  6. There are some awesome books on this list. I hope you enjoy them all!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. Your bingo sheet is so cool. Good luck with it!

  8. I want to read both Hot Dog Girl and Dear Martin!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  9. Good luck with your list! I think it's very do-able.

    My TTT.

  10. I hope you have fun with these books. I've been meaning to get to The Astonishing Color for ages it seems like. Happy reading and happy summer!

  11. So many interesting books! I enjoyed Daughter of the Pirate King a lot. And An Ember in the Ashes is one that I should also start putting in my TBR.. I feel like I've had it long enough. Enjoy your summer reads!!

  12. I enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes. Hope you enjoy all of these!

  13. I just read A Very Large Expanse of Sea and On the Come Up this month. I've read or have bought some of the others too. Hope you like these!

  14. There are some great titles on this list! I definitely hope you get around to reading The Boy Who Steals Houses---you know I love Cait's books!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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