‘Summer’s lease hath all too short a date…’

b2bf5-toptentuesday2Today over at the Broke and Bookish the Top Ten Tuesday topic for discussion is:

‘Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer or Ten Books I Think Make Great Beach Reads’

Well, I don’t really enjoy the beach – all that sand is just too inconvenient, but sitting on a nice balcony with a book, an umbrella and a long drink – that I can do.  I must confess that I don’t tend to think of myself as a ‘seasonal’ reader although I suppose it’s nice to sit in a comfy chair on a dark night reading something scary and likewise my definition of a summer read would be something that works out as a little more fun or maybe with the odd bit of romance thrown in – providing it wasn’t all the story was about.  And of course urban fantasy stories. In that case here goes:

  1. Uprooted by Naomi Novik – this seems to be receiving a lot of positive attention.  Rooted in the world of fairy tales – so colour me happy.
  2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop – a series that I’ve been thinking of starting for a long while.  Urban fantasy/paranormal.
  3. The Thorn of Dentonhill by Marshall Ryan Maresca – magical student who leads a double life.  Sounds promising.
  4. Cold Iron by Stina Leicht – this book probably doesn’t fit the above description of fun/romance or urban fantasy – but, flintlock and with pirates.  Oh yes, I’m reading this.
  5. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine – ‘gorgeous and bewitching” (Scott Westerfeld) reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan – everybody wants to read this one surely!
  6. Darkwalker by E L Tettensor – dark, Victorian(ish), paranormal mystery – perfect methinks!
  7. The Hobb’s Bargain by Patricia Briggs, paranormal romance with a Beauty and the Beast theme.
  8. Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier – not due out until November but I so want to read this book – I absolutely loved Dreamer’s Pool
  9. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – had this for a while now so will definitely be reading soon.
  10. White Hot by Ilona Andrews – again not due until October – but I wants it now!  Burn for Me was the first in the series – all I can say is that I want No.2 sooner rather than later!

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22 Responses to “‘Summer’s lease hath all too short a date…’”

  1. thefictionalreader

    I read the first two titles on your list and was immediately sold! Both are some of my absolute favorites! And Daughter of the Forest is one I highly enjoyed as well. I’m definitely checking out the other books on your list!

    Happy reading 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, definitely check out Dreamer’s Pool – that book is so good and the start of a series. Can’t wait for No.2.
      Lynn 😀

      • thefictionalreader

        It sounds great! I’ll definitely check it out 😀

      • lynnsbooks

        Definitely read it – I really think you’ll like it. It’s one of my favourite books of the year so far.
        Lynn 😀

  2. Ria

    The Thorn of Dentonhill was a pretty fun read. I enjoyed it, anyway. And I’m looking forward to burying myself in the sequel soon, too!

    • lynnsbooks

      I like the look of all these books – where exactly I’ll make all the time for them remains to be seen but I’ll give it a try.
      Lynn 😀

  3. jessicabookworm

    I am currently reading The Storyteller and Her Sisters which is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, my favourite fairy tale. I hadn’t heard of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. I love the fairy tale premise and I love the 1920s. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I read such a positive review for this on one of the blogs I follow and have been thinking about it since so I seriously need to pick up a copy.
      Lynn 😀

  4. samoak

    Unfortunately, Ilona Andrews announced on their blog/website that they had to push back the release date for White Hot. It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that one this year at all. 😦 My Amazon pre-order of it says it’s new expected publication date isn’t until 2018. I hope that’s an extreme exaggeration there! I’m guessing it will probably come out in early 2016. *fingers crossed*

    • lynnsbooks

      WHAT! OMG *wails/flails” – well, thanks for the update. Good to know even if it’s a bit of a gobsmacker!
      Lynn 😀

      • samoak

        I know! I was very disappointed to hear that they had to push the publish date back. 😦

      • lynnsbooks

        Well, these things happen. I was kind of excited to think it would be out fairly soon but it’s no big problem really – it’s not like I haven’t got a whole stack of books to concentrate on!
        Lynn 😀

  5. Michael

    I am curious to see what Novick does outside of her series on dragons. (I won’t even try to spell his name correctly! I know I’d mess it up!)

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, this one has been getting good reviews – although all mixed up with a bit of criticism about the main guy in the book – apparently it leans more towards romance, so defo a beach read!
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    A lot of these are amazing books I’ve read/want to read! I know what you mean about most probably being too heavy to be considered “beach reads”, but heck, you’re talking to someone who once read a Dan Simmons historical horror on a Caribbean cruise, and one about the lost Franklin Expedition in the Arctic at that 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I don’t really care about light and fluffy books – unless I’m in the mood for them – I pretty much read whatever, whenever – so long as you’re excited to pick the book up that’s what really counts.
      A Caribbean Cruise – sounds ace – with a historical horror – perfect book for the perfect setting if you ask me!
      Lynn 😀

  7. caitlinstern

    I love the Hob’s Bargain. It’s clever and funny. I have re-read it many times. And Written in Red is great, too–a bit darker and complicated, but with moments of humor, too. And I’m a sucker for monsters that aren’t afraid to be inhuman.

    • lynnsbooks

      I think it may have been a recommendation from you actually – I was wracking my brain trying to think where I picked it up from! So, thanks 😀
      Lynn 😀

  8. Danya @ Fine Print

    Um…yes, Written in Red is a must read! I adore those books. Maybe not the “beachiest” of beach reads but since it seems like you’re not into those books anyway that may be for the best. I saw that some other people mentioned this, but yeah…White Hot is being pushed back. I guess IA’s publishing schedule got a little too intense, so they want to dedicate more time to making the book as good as possible. While I want more Nevada and Rogan ASAP, I’m totally fine with waiting another 6 months if it means a five star book!

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m not really fussed about reading typical beach style books – UF or a bit of horror even is totally good. I heard about White Hot below – let’s face it, it’s not like we haven’t all got plenty of books to tide us over until it makes an appearance. Don’t get me wrong – I want more and I really want it now, but I can be patient if it means a better book!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Carl V. Anderson

    Yes, for me “beach reading” is really more either reading out on the deck or reading when I’m on vacation.

    I tend to be as mood-driven as ever when I’m going on a vacation, but over the last few years my trips have found me either taking short story collections or James Bond books with me…most often books I have started and laid aside and wanted to get back to.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I never thought of that but short story collections would be perfect for a holiday – and James Bond! Yes to that!
      Lynn 😀

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