Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2014 TBR

I’ve already jumped dipped into my Summer TBR, so these are actually numbers 7-16 on my list. 😉

Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope. I’m reading this because it was the inspiration for one of my favorite books, Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton. I’m joining in with the Trollope Read-a-long at Avid Reader’s Musings.

Lirael by Garth Nix. The 2nd book in the Abhorsen series, recommended by my best blogging buddy, Maricel @ MCC.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I had intended to re-read this, along with Melissa @ Avid Reader’s Musings, last Summer. Sick kids and house hunting life got in the way, so I’m doing it now.

Austenland by Shannon Hale. Sometimes I want a fluffy rom-com. Plus, I want to watch the movie. Haha, sometimes writing posts ahead of time is dangerous – I read this book AND watched the film before the post went live. 😛 Review of both next week!

Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. If I’m going to read the first one, why not? Oops, I already read it already!

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Literary mystery? How have I never heard of this before?!? Thank God for book blogs! Stephanie @ Don’t Be Afraid of the Dork recommends Fforde for Doctor Who fans!

The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This is the book that inspired Stefani @ Caught Read Handed to start blogging. I loved another of her recs, Attachments, so fingers crossed. If I love it, the rest of the series might push its way onto this list. 😉

The Humans by Matt Haig. Another rec from Stefani!

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I really enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling, so I requested this one as a birthday gift (also these).

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style. My beautiful friend Alex used this book as her inspiration for our very first Thoughtful Third Thursday (T3) link up. Speaking of which, the next T3 is this Thursday, June 19! The theme is Favorite Childhood Read.

I’m linking up: Top Ten Tuesday

23 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2014 TBR

  1. mtsedwards says:

    Yes! You may just have me converted for true into a stylish book blogger instead of a style blogger who likes books! Without you, I wouldn’t even have thought of looking beyond my genre and now I’m super intrigued by these Fforde books. And according to Fantastic Fiction, there’s 7 in the series? Oh, happy day! Will be putting these on my library queue today!

    Also, I’m not an Austenite per se but I do enjoy a good period piece rm com so I’m recommending “Lost in Austen” ( to you. Not a book but ’tis a Brit TV show and it was utterly charming escapist fare. Literally and figuratively. 😉

    And “best blogging buddy”?! Aw, shucks… ❤


  2. Rachel says:

    Such interesting reads! And so different from most of what I read. I might have to dip my toe into these waters some day and try them out scared face. I’m going to do my first ever T3 link-up this week, just to give it a go, not sure how well I’ll fare with this challenge!!!! R x


      • Rachel says:

        Hmmm good question. Probably more the classics. I love sci-fi movies and read quite a lot of books with paranormal elements (though verging more on paranormal than fantasy so I’m not sure where sci-fi fits in to that!). Ohh dear, I just looked back through some T3 posts and realise you guys WEAR the stuff!! I was going to do a mood-board type thing! R x


        • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

          Classics aren’t as scary as you might think. Austen, E. M. Forster, and Dickens are all really funny! You could always watch a film version of a classic to get a feel for the author. The 1995 Pride and Prejudice is a perennial favorite!

          No worries – a mood board is just fine! We actually went in last month and clarified the rules so that people know that mood boards, collages, sketches, etc. are all good! So far everyone who’s participated is a style blogger, so we’re cool with wearing the outfits, but it isn’t a requirement at all.


          • Rachel says:

            Phew to that one!!

            I’ve watched the Pride and Prejudice adaptation with Colin Firth as Darcy, is that the 1995 one? It was bloody brilliant! I rarely watch first and read later but my sister talked me into it, I started P&P but I wasn’t in the mood for it, but seeing the adaptation definitely helped with reading it. It’s a bit like Shakespeare to me, a lot of classics I’ve tried seem to have their own rhythm almost, which a contemporary reader can find tough to adapt to. I have 50 odd books on a Classics Challenge list on my blog I’m hoping to get through. Will see how I get on!

            R x


  3. Rachael at The End of the Chapter says:

    I’m drooling over your list right now. Maze Runner is in my stack of library books I have checked out right now! I noticed you’re already reading it on Good Reads…how is it so far? Also, I need to read the Abhorsen series sooooo badly! Midnight in Austenland is an awesomesauce name for a book, and Mansfield Park could use a re-read. Like I said. Drooling.


    • Selah at A Bibliophile's Style says:

      The first part of The Maze Runner is lots of world building and a bit of an info dump. That doesn’t bother me but I know a lot of people don’t like that. I’m about halfway through and getting into the meat of the story.
      If you like fantasy, the Abhorsen series is great.
      I love the word awesomesauce. 🙂 Midnight in Austenland is a cozy mystery, which wasn’t exactly what I was expecting (it’s very different from Austenland) but it was good.
      I’m planning to watch both the Frances O’Connor and Billie Piper versions of Mansfield Park along with my re-read. 🙂


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