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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR List

Is it almost summer already? It feels like spring has gone by so quickly! This week at The Broke and the Bookish, we're blogging about the books we plan to read this summer, so here goes:

1. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas: This book has been on the list for a looooong time, so I am stoked to finally read it.

2. Petersburg by Andrei Bely: To continue on the Russian theme that I've had going this past year. This book is high on the list as I've been nostalgic for my days in St. Petersburg lately.

3. Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay: See above. I'm always on the lookout for contemporary books that cover Russian well.

4. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: Last year I read The Once and Future King, so it seems time for another version of the Arthurian legends. I bought this book last fall at a used book sale, so I'm looking forward to having a chance to read it.

5. Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie: To finish off the trilogy of biographies of Romanov tsars.

6. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks: Just because it looks interesting and it's on a few of those lists of books you should read before you die.

7. The Case of Comrade Tulayev by Victor Serge: I read about this book in Martin Sixsmith's history of Russia and it seemed right up my alley, as I'm somewhat fascinated by the Stalinist purges of the 1930s.

8. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: I keep hearing about he's amazing. I've read one of his books, but this is supposed to be a magnum opus, so I hope to enjoy it.

9. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness: I've been slowly making my way through her trilogy, and plan to enjoy this book in mid-August when my summer courses are done.

10. The Jefferson Rule: How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible by David Sehat: A friend in an online political events group mentioned this book, and a few of us thought it would be interesting to read over the summer and check back to discuss.

It was hard to narrow down this time, you guys! I think it's because I got a tablet and the Overdrive app, so now I want to read allllll the books I can find. Happy reading!


  1. Ooho, great list! I hope you enjoy The Book of Lie, American Gods, Russian Winter, Birdsong, and The Mists of Avalon! :) I've also been meaning to read those titles you listed by Andrei Bely and Victor Serge, looking forward to reading your thoughts on both should you read them this summer and post about them here :)

    1. I've already gotten through Russian Winter and loved it!

      I don't always do reviews, but I'll try to make a point of posting about the Victor Serge and Andrei Bely books. I'm trying to take advantage of the university library to read all the weird books that are harder to find at the public library!