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This week’s theme is all about the books on our summer TBR, so below are ten books I’m in the mood for right now!
As many of us do, I tend to gravitate towards books set in warm places or settings near the sea during the summer, and summer’s also the time of year I usually gravitate towards more contemporary reads or thrillers. I’m sure it’ll surprise no one that my TBR today mainly consists of fantasy, but a few non-SFF books have snuck on there…
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch: I keep meaning to get to this YA Fantasy novel inspired by the Spanish Inquisition, and I know it includes a character who is a pirate. I’ve seen a few reviewers say they were disappointed that this book wasn’t more of a pirate romp, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it handles the more serious issues regarding religious intolerance.
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven: I read Draven’s Beauty and the Beast retelling, Entreat Me, earlier this year and really enjoyed it and I’m keen to read more of her work. This sounds like it’s set in a fantasy world inspired by the Roman Empire, and whenever I think of the Roman Empire I think of hot weather.
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Moreno-Garcia is one of my favourite authors and I’ve been looking forward to her latest novel since it was announced. It’s due out in July, and I can’t wait to step into 1920s Mexico!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty: This historical fantasy set between 18th century Cairo and the world of djinn sounds right up my street – I started it last year and liked what I read, but ended up getting distracted by something else so I’d like to give it another try this summer.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: Somehow I haven’t read this yet, even though it’s own voices Asian-inspired f/f fantasy? The sequel’s out this autumn, so I need to get to it soon!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: This book has been on my TBR for the longest time and it’s about time I read it, but I’ve been saving it for the summer months.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: I feel like this book is constantly popping up on my TBR and somehow I never get round to it, but so far this year I’ve read and enjoyed Foundryside and The Brilliant Death so I’m in the mood for more Italian-inspired fantasy.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: I haven’t read any of Ruta Sepetys’ work yet and I’ve been meaning to check her out for the longest time! When it comes to historical fiction I’m not usually drawn to fiction set during WW2, but I keep thinking about this novel so it’s about time I picked it up.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: I’m determined to cross this book off my TBR this year!
Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager: I received an eARC of this novel through NetGalley that I should have read by now. I enjoyed Sager’s Final Girls, and this thriller is set at a summer camp so now is the perfect time to read it.