Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer TBR + Update

Yeah yeah yeah. I know. You guys have probably had enough of the summer TBR posts that have been going around. There have been quite a few, but you're going to get another one! I know I've said in a few comments on other blogs that I don't have a TBR for the summer because I'm going to be too busy, but I noticed the other day that I actually do have one that I. . . didn't know I had? Clearly, I'm on top of this. And, no, I'm not late, because technically it's not summer until the 21st.

So here are the ten books I hope to read this summer (the first three are ones that I've started already):

1. Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight

Samara's Peril (Ilyon Chronicles #3)

There was a lot of excitement on GR about this series, so figured I would read it. Also, it's fantasy. I've been reading more in this genre lately, and I'm finding that I like it. This is the third book in the Ilyon Chronicles, and I started it the second week of this month (I think). But I haven't had a lot of reading time so far this month, so that's why I'm only at about 13%. It's pretty good so far.

2. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)

I started reading this about this time last year, but I got 150 pages in and then stopped. I got busy and then forgot about it. Oops. :P So I picked it up again and I'm starting over. I know a lot of people don't really like The Da Vinci Code, but my dad likes the books so I thought I'd try them. If you've read this one, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

Ah, yes, the book I started back in January, got halfway through, and then stopped. I feel like a lot of people really liked this book, and I was liking it, but then it got. . . kind of hard to understand? But, I did start this when I began slipping into a reading slump, so I'm thinking that may have something to do with it. :P

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders

This book here, was recommended by Jonathan. Quite a few times actually. *whispers* I'm assuming he really likes it. I bought it back in February I think, but I still haven't picked it up. I don't know why though, because it sounds really good. This one will probably be the next one I read, right after I finish some of the ones I've already started.

5. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)

I had never heard of the Ranger's Apprentice series until about two(?) months ago, and I was told I might like it. When I looked it up, I noticed that a few of my Goodreads friends really liked the book/series, so I bought the first one. I can't wait to start it!

6. London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn

London In The Dark (Light of London #1)

Oh my word, I've wanted to read this since it was published! I've only heard good things about it. It sounds like it might have some mystery in it, which is one of the reasons I'm really excited to read it. I do kinda have high expectations when it comes to mysteries though. I've seen a lot of crime shows and have read quite a few books. I've always loved mysteries, but yeah, high expectations.
Victoria Lynn also wrote Bound which I reviewed back in April (you can find that post here).  

7. Exiles by Jaye L. Knight

Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4)

This is the fourth book in the Ilyon Chronicles, which actually isn't published yet. A lot of my GR friends are excited about this book's release. (I think the release date is July 14th. So, yes, I'll be able to read it this summer.) And they've told me that I need to hurry up and read the first books before this one comes out. I think I'm doing pretty good since I'm currently reading the third book. ;P

8. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Mere Christianity

Yes, I know! I actually have a non-fiction book in my TBR! Quick thing about me: I don't really like non-fiction. And I tend to avoid it, unless it's like Christianity non-fiction or writing related.
The first time I read this one was about six years ago (yeah, I know. Long time ago :P), and I had to read it for school. I remember really liking it, and I've wanted to read it again for a long time now.

9. Storming by K.M. Weiland


And another one that was recommended by Jonathan. This book sounds super cool! I've heard quite a few good things about it, and I can't wait to read it. :D I also have a couple writing books by K.M. Weiland that I might read this summer if I have time.

10. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)

So, when it comes to the Divergent series, it seems like people either love it or hate it. I was kind of in the middle, so I decided to give this one a shot. I'm hoping it will be better than Divergent, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. :P

And that's my summer TBR! :) Now, on to the other things I wanted to say. I have three.

1) Last week, Faith over at Chosen Vessels did her Sisters in Christ post for the month of June. And I was the guest for that. :) Here's the link so you can hop on over there if you want to know more about me. In that post, I answer questions such as, what is my favorite book of the Bible and why, what are some books that impacted my young life, and what are some of my pet peeves.

2) This past Tuesday, I participated in my first blog tour, which was for the book "The Reluctant Godfather" by Allison Tebo. Here's the link for that if you want to check it out.

3) Lastly, I wanted to let you all know that when July finally rolls around, I probably won't post every week, since I'm going to have very little free time. And no, it's not because I'll be doing Camp NaNo. Although I will be doing that, the main reason I'm going to be so busy is because I work at an overnight summer camp. And I'll be there for all of July and half of August. So right now, I'm thinking I'll post every two weeks while I'm there, but if I can, I'll post more. Either way, you'll all know when I post since it'll show up in your reading list. ;P

So what about you? What's on your TBR this summer? Are you planning on reading any of these books?


  1. I have no books on my "to read list" I just pick up anything that looks good at my library! But I do want to read the second book of Remake by Ilima Todd.

    1. Haha, yeah I think that's what I do most of the time. Or sometimes, I'll make a list, but then read other books... which are not on the list. :P

  2. Ooh ooh! Exiles! I can't wait to read that either! And Mere Christianity is SO GOOD! I think I am about due for a reread. :) And I've heard a lot of good things about Storming. I think I will put that on my summer TBR. (I don't have one yet, but I'm gonna make one. :D) And London in the Dark! YES! I could fangirl about that all day . . . but I will spare you. ;)

    Great post Karyssa! (Love your name, btw!) <3

    1. Ohh, maybe we'll end up re-reading it at the same time! :D Yeah, so have I. It sounds really good and interesting, so I look forward to reading it. :) Ahh yes! I can't wait to pick up London in the Dark! :D

      Thanks, Sarah Grace! (Aww, thank you so much! <3)

  3. Cool post about Summer! maybe I should do a post like this? Those sound like some pretty good books! I'm also reading Samara's Peril :P

    I hope your summer goes well!

    1. Thanks Marrok! You totally should! This one was a lot of fun to write. :) Yeah, I can't wait to read them! Oh really? I wonder who'll finish first. 0.0 ;)

      Thank you! I hope your summer goes well too! :)

  4. YES Exiles releases on July 14, just to say it for the millionth time xD I'm actually re-reading Samara's Peril right now too! I'd say it's better than Kings' Scrolls. :)

    Same with Rangers Apprentice! A friend of mine suggested it and I was like "ikd what that is but I'll go look it up" XD

    I hope your summer is awesome! <3

    audrey caylin

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading Exiles!! :D Wow, you're RE-READING it?! I need to read faster! *sets all other responsibilities aside*

      I know right? I had never heard of it before, but it sounds really good. Have you read it yet?

      Thank you, Audrey! I hope your summer is awesome too! <3

  5. EXILES AHHHH it just can't come fast enough blehhh. :( the day it comes out, i will scream my heart away and not regret it.

    I have yet to read A Wrinkle in Time, but I really really want to. Along with London in the Dark and Carve the Mark eeep.

    As of now, my TBR list consists of the following:

    The Lady and the Lionheart
    Bone Gap
    Chasing Jupiter
    The Invention of Wings
    The Book Thief
    King's Folly
    and multiple devotionals :)

    YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT SUMMEr. (i will it upon you ;)

    1. Haha, yeah I can't wait either! :)

      Those sound like really good books! I've heard of the first three and The Book Thief (which I have) but I haven't read any of them. :P And, yay for devotionals! Those are great. :D

      Haha, thanks, Jasmine Grace! I hope you have a great summer too! :)