Books I’m Reading Under the Sun 2015

Posted June 16, 2015 by Carlisa in Top Ten Tuesday / 11 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday

Summer is a time of warmth, poolsides, humidity, sunshine, bonfires, roadtrips, and, perhaps best of all, time with no school. This is actually my first summer for three years where I haven’t been taking summer classes. And I’m doing an internship and I’m technically taking a class at BYU to get credit for the internship (but all I have to do is write an essay every week, so it doesn’t really count). But I’m at home! When I come home from my internship and my job, I have all the free time in the world. I don’t have to worry about hours of homework and readings for classes. Blegh. I’m getting annoyed thinking about it. So let’s live in the moment: here. Here where I’ve been reading like crazy. Where I can grab a book and take it poolside and just read in the sun with no worries besides my easily-burnt skin. Ah, the beauty of such a thing. So here are my top ten books on my to-read list this summer! FYI Click on the pictures to be taken to the Goodreads page.

dosabThe Daughter of Smoke and Bone series

I just finished and reviewed the first one a few days ago and it was seriously so beautiful. I loved it so much, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the last two and find out what happens in this beautifully-imagined and unique world. Read my review of DoSaB here.



I’ve heard such wonderful and beautiful things about this book that I ordered it right away! Actually I ordered it all the way from London because I like the UK cover better. Does that make me weird? Oh well. It was free shipping, sucker.

Anyways, it’s described as a “hugely imaginative, engrossing and vivid fantasy novel, inspired by folk and fairy tales.” It sounds like it’s right up my alley. And it’s currently sitting on my bookshelf, so it’s up on that list!


the corridorThe Corridor

This is a debut novel from A.N. Willis that gets published next week. I got it for review and am excited to try it out and see how I like it.

Basically it’s a parallel universe book. And when I was thinking about this concept, I realized I don’t think I’ve ever read another book with parallel universes! I’ve seen some movies…but no books come to mind.

Also whenever I see the cover, all I notice now are the weird faces she’s making in the reflections.

The Winner’s Crimethe winner's crime

I just read the first in this series, too, and really enjoyed it! The first is The Winner’s Curse and it’s just a really enticing story. Albeit with an obvious love interest.

Buuuuuut I’m excited to read the sequel and see how the story turns out. There are some secondary characters that I have a feeling are going to play bigger roles in this one, and I always love when that happens.


The Infinite Seathe infinite sea

Ah, I guess this summer is just the summer of sequels. I’ve started a lot of great series recently and this one is on the top of that list. I read and reviewed The 5th Wave here…and I loved it. The very poetic language kind of turned me off at first, but by the end I didn’t care because the story was fantastic.

I hope I enjoy the sequel just as much!


everything everything

Everything, Everything

I received this one for review and am super excited! Again this is a debut author and this book has been receiving really good reviews! It doesn’t get published until September but it’s on my list of things to read soon.

So hopefully I’ll enjoy it! Also it says “he narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more,” which can be really interesting and creative if done well!


I received this one for review, too, but it’s been sitting on my shelf awhile now. I’m hoping to read it soon and do a giveaway also because they accidentally gave me two copies! But this one just became the 2015 Oprah Book Club book. And of the few that I’ve read on that list, they’re usually really good. Full of historical stories and beautiful language and imagery.

And I’m sure this one will be just as good!


Crimson Boundcrimson bound

I just read my first Rosamund Hodge book, Cruel Beauty, last week and I actually really loved it. I didn’t end up reviewing it but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling that is super unique and mixed with Greek mythology.

Crimson Bound is a Red Riding Hood retelling (not a sequel to CB) and I’m very, very excited. I’ve always loved fairy tale retellings and I love when authors can take the original story and make it new and their own.

the storyspinnerThe Storyspinner

This one came out earlier this year and I have it checked out from the library right now. I’ve heard really, really great things about it.

And the main character’s name is Johanna….which is my middle name, so waddup. Basically I’m the main character of this book.

Just kidding, except not really.


These are my ten next-to-be-read books! What are you reading this summer? Have you read any of these and liked or didn’t like them? Let me know!

  • I loved Uprooted and the UK cover is gorgeous – even more gorgeous in real life! Happy reading! x

    • I totally agree! I love the metallic gold that’s there. Ah, it’s beautiful.

  • I have Ruby and it sounds like a really good read 🙂 So many of these I need to read haha, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is high on the list 🙂 Hope you get to read some of these 🙂 Here’s my TTT if you would like to check it out 🙂 Have a great day! 🙂

    • Yeah I’m looking forward to reading these books this summer! I just visited your blog and I love it. It’s so cute. I also just followed you on Bloglovin’ and you’re so close to 100 I got excited FOR you. Hahaha. Thanks for the visit!

  • I love TDoS&B series so very much. My favorite book was definitely the third one, it was so action-packed and gave us a satisfying closure. So many heartbreaking moments in that series. 🙁 Uprooted didn’t make it onto my list but it’s definitely a novel I need to pick up this summer. Thankfully, I already have it. When you wrote that the 5th Wave is written poetically I was like: did we read the same book? But now I remember, I read it in Hungarian translation. Maybe I’d have liked it more if I read it in the original language. To me Crimson Bound didn’t live up to Cruel Beauty, mainly because I didn’t like the characters all that much. The story was great, though. 🙂
    Hope you’ll get around reading all these and love them!
    Lovely list. :)))

    Veronika @ My TTT

    • Yay, I’m so glad you think the DoSaB trilogy gets even better! A lot of the times I feel like the first in a trilogy is always the best.

      And I own Uprooted already too, so I’m really hoping that I’ll like it.

      And that’s so interesting that you read the Hungarian translation! I’m not fluent enough in another language to have read books in other languages….but I’d love to! The intricacies of language are so small and it’s awesome.

      Thanks for the visit!

  • Uprooted is definitely on my TBR list! I have heard great things about it. Even though it has been a while since I have gotten into a high fantasy novel, I think I will really enjoy it.
    I read The Infinite Sea earlier in the year, and I liked The 5th Wave better. It was not a bad book, but a lot of the story was told through the perspective of a character that I do not particularly like. I am excited for the release of The Last Star next year though! Maybe some of my questions will actually be answered!
    I am also looking forward to The Storyspinner, Crimson Bound (even though I have not read Cruel Beauty yet. I am planning to!), and The Winner’s Curse series.
    I hope you have fun reading all of these books!

    • Hmmm now I’m super intrigued over The Infinite Sea. Is the entire book just one perspective or is it split like it is in the first one?

  • Ivy

    Uprooted has been getting such good reviews, it’s making curious. I love the UK cover so much! Did you order through Book Depository? I should get around to it myself… Great choices, though! Going to have to move some of these up on my own list.

    • Yes, I ordered through Book Depository because they’re wonderful. I have a lot of library books right now that I need to get through and then Uprooted is on the top of my list!

  • Cayt Landis

    Great list! Uprooted is amazing and I’m sure you’ll love it. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is also awesome. That Uprooted cover is really great, btw. I have a different cover that isn’t quite as attractive.

    My FF!