Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads on my TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Last year, I put together a TTT Beach Reads list. This week, I decided to look through my books to find Summer Reads on my TBR List. These are NOT books I’m planning to read this summer – those can be found on my 20 Books of Summer list – but are instead the unread books I own that I think would make for great summer reading.




Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier 

The English seaside during the Regency era becomes the setting for a phenomenal discovery: the first dinosaur fossils. This historical novel is the fictionalized story of Mary  Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, two women whose fossil collections changed the scientific community. I think this would be lovely to curl up with on a rainy summer afternoon.

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

A family drama set in Cornwall sounds like the perfect summer read to me. I can easily imagine becoming engrossed in The Shell Seekers with waves crashing in the background.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

This story of a dramatic marriage told from the perspectives of both the husband and the wife, sounds like a gripping read. I’m sure it would pair well with a glass of wine enjoyed al fresco under an umbrella.

Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart

Summer at Tiffany is the memoir of one young woman’s unforgettable summer spent working at the famed jewelry store in the 1940’s. It sounds utterly charming; so much so, that I may have to pick it up soon!

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

I adore the TV series The Durrells, and look forward to spending more time with the eccentric and witty family. After all, who wouldn’t want to spend the summer in Corfu?!



The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild

This contemporary novel set in the art world features an interesting cast of characters, including a famous painting everyone wants to get their hands on. The Improbability of Love sounds like a fun, slightly soapy, novel that will be an easy and entertaining read.

Crocodiles on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Summer reading isn’t complete without a bit of mystery, and this one sounds right up my alley. Egyptologist Amelia Peabody breaks the mold of the traditional nineteenth-century woman, as she seeks travel, adventure, friendship, scholarship, and romance.

The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard

I own the first three books in The Cazalet Chronicles series, and I think it would be so much fun to read them over the course of a summer. This sweeping series follows an English family from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, and would no doubt provide hours of entertainment when it’s too hot to do anything besides read.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Set partly in Italy and Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is practically tailor-made for poolside reading. It’s described as an engrossing story with vivid characters that flits across decades and jumps around the world.

The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson

I like to have a nonfiction book on the go during the summer, and this one sounds ideal. The Perfect Summer recounts the halcyon four months of the hottest summer on record; it’s a snapshot of a world that was about to change forever.


Have you read any of these? What summer reads are on your TBR list?

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  1. Beautiful Ruins and The Perfect Summer are ideal summer reads! I remember reading the former on a fake ‘beach’ in Bath, and the second in a holiday cottage in the Lake District…

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  2. The Cazalet Chronicles are great summer reads. I read the first one for 20 Books of Summer last year and am planning to read the second one this year. I can highly recommend the Amelia Peabody mysteries too, even though I’ve only read two of them so far!

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  3. It always horrifies me when I read a list of ten great-sounding books and have read none of them! I really hope they’re working hard on inventing immortality or I’m never gonna get all the books read… 😉

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  4. I’ve read Fates and Furies and Remarkable Creatures. Both were good. I’m hoping to finally dip into the Cazalet Chronicles this summer. The first one is sitting on my shelf right now…

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  5. Nice list for summer! I liked “Beautiful Ruins” a lot. It’s as good as the reviews claim. And of course, one simply must read the incomparable Amanda Peabody adventures!! “Crocodile on the Sandbank” is the first of 19 terrifically fun books. She is quite a character and I was sad when the author died a few years ago. The audiobooks are read by Barbara Rosenblat, who does wonderful, distinct voices and knows how to pronounce all the Arabic words. Enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! I’m glad to hear Beautiful Ruins lives up to the hype, and that Amelia Peabody is as much fun as it sounds. I’ll have to check out the audiobooks after I read Crocodile on the Sandbank!


  6. Great list! I’m sure I’ve got a copy of The Shell Seekers somewhere, and Remarkable Creatures is one i’d definitely like to read at some point.
    Beautiful Ruins sounds really good too, I’d not heard of that one.

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  7. What a great list! I’ve read many of them. Remarkable Creatures was so interesting! Cazelet Chronicles and Corfu have been on my list a long time–I need to find them. I haven’t heard of Summer at Tiffany’s but will look into it. Good post!

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  8. This is a wonderful list, and some of them are on my list too: I’ve had Lauren Groff’s books for ages, and had almost forgotten about it, since it’s somwhere on my tablet. The first book in Gerald Durrell’s Corfu trilogy is fun (haven’t read the others) and I love the Cazalet Chronicles (which reminds me, I think there’s a film of it!).

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    1. Thanks, Kat! Ditto about Fates and Furies. Glad to hear My Family and Other Animals is as fun as it sounds, and that you loved the Cazalet Chronicles. I think you’re right about there being a film or miniseries version. I’ll have to look for it once I’ve finally read them!


  9. Jessie, I would like to spend summer in Corfu, please! I haven’t read any of these books, but they all sound suitably summery. My summer TBR includes: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir, Sourcery by Terry Pratchett and a re-read of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Happy summer reading! 🙂

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  10. I loved The Shell Seekers when I read it decades ago, and I still need to open my copies of Remarkable Creatures as well as Fates and Furies. I tried Beautiful Ruins, but didn’t finish it. I think it deserves a second chance because everyone loves it.

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    1. So glad to hear you loved The Shell Seekers. I’m currently reading and loving Coming Home by Pilcher, so I’m even more excited to read it now. Hopefully we’ll both enjoy Remarkable Creatures and Fates and Furies whenever we finally get to them!


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