Ode to Summer past…

This week over at the Broke and Bookish the topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

Top Ten Books For Summer 2015 2014

I’ve had a bit of a cheat with this one because I think most of the books on my Summer TBR will be duplicates of the books I’m looking forward to for the rest of 2015 – which was posted last week.  So this week I’ve gone for the top 10 reads from last Summer:

  1. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan – this was such a good book.  I’d put off reading it for a long while for some strange reason but I’m so happy that I’ve now picked it up.
  2. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – this was a readalong that I took part in last year which was awesome – I love this series.
  3. Icefall by Gillian Philip – this book was the last in series of the Rebel Angel books – this is such a good series – seriously I don’t think it gets as much recognition as it deserves.  And in terms of being a Summer read – what can I say, Seth is very easy on the mind!
  4. Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – my first Abercrombie – really good and I’m looking forward to No.2.
  5. The Martian by Andy Weir – this book is just so good, with lots of amusement.
  6. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – scary – probably not your usual Summer read but very good nonetheless.
  7. The Thousand Names by Django Wexler – my first Flintlock Fantasy.  Another that I have to get to the second book!
  8. Age of Iron by Angus Watson – I loved this – I’m such a broken record ‘I need to get to No.2)
  9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – finally, I’ve already read No.2 and it was equally excellent.
  10. City of Stairs by R J Bennett – this book is so damned fine that I will simply beg you to read it if you haven’t already done so.  I loved this.

Wow, I have to say – I read a lot of good books last Summer – hope this year is just as good and hope your reading is too.

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28 Responses to “Ode to Summer past…”

  1. jessicabookworm

    I hope your Summer reading this year is as equally good, if not better! I am hoping to read The Martian by Andy Weir this Summer 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on the Martian – it’s one of those books that I picked up really not expecting to like and then was taken completely by surprise.
      Looking forward to the film too – you’ll be able to add that to your adaptations.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Genki Jason

    Have you seen the trailer for The Martian?

    • lynnsbooks

      Wow – that looks really good – I’m looking forward to it very much! Did you read the book.
      Lynn 😀

      • Genki Jason

        No (I did read your review), I have just got back into a reading mood after a year-long dry spell. I’m reading The Troop by Nick Cutter.

      • lynnsbooks

        Ohh – is it good – I’ll look out for your thoughts on that one.

  3. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    Great pick with The Martian. Perfect book to read on the porch or beach in the Sun 🙂

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    What a great idea! A list I need is Top 10 books for Summer 2015 that I didn’t get to in 2014, haha. Gillian Philip’s books would be on it.

    • lynnsbooks

      – That’s a good idea – this could be a quarterly theme, ‘last year’s best of Summer/Autumn, etc’. I think I would enjoy reading others list to see what I think I’ve missed, after all, you can’t have too many books.
      Lynn 😀

  5. bookishgirl61

    Great list! I want to get reading Red Rising too. I’ve heard so much about it! Happy reading!

    Check out my Top Ten Tuesday!

  6. Julianne

    Lots of my friends have raved about The Martian, I should probably give it a go!

  7. thenightgirl

    Half a King is on my TTT this week! I just won it in a GR giveaway and your review is the first I’ve read for it. And now it’s got me super excited for it to come in the mail!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s really good – and if you like it you don’t even have to wait for No.2 because it’s already out there. I’ve not read it yet but I will be doing.

      I hope you enjoy and congrats on your win.

      Lynn 😀

      • thenightgirl

        woo! it’s great when you don’t have to wait for a sequel. I’m pretty sure I’m getting the black cover but that white cover is so nice too!

      • lynnsbooks

        Both the covers are good – I think I picked out a bit more detail on the white that was quite relevant to the story that I couldn’t see in the black – but, even so, I like both.
        Lynn 😀

      • thenightgirl

        I’m still patiently waiting for it to show up in the mail, aha.

      • lynnsbooks

        Haha – patience is a virtue (so I hear) although I don’t think it’s something that book readers seem to have in abundance!

      • thenightgirl

        Aha, I definitely need to learn to have more patience. I don’t get books or book mail very often so I tend to get excited.

  8. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

    You have so many here that I’ve probably TBR’d since last summer but haven’t read yet haha; mainly Shattered Sea/Red Rising. Ahhh the end of their trilogies are being released soon too, right? I’m still waiting for that time machine of yours!

    Cheers,
    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

    • lynnsbooks

      Okay, I think we need to stop waiting for the time machine – there’s been a glitch, we need to come up with plan B – I’m thinking we need, by some means, to come into an absurdly obscene amount of money so that we can live in the lap of luxury and spend all day reclining and reading!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Caitlin Stern

    I had to dig around to find titles that didn’t repeat past lists, but my TBR list is so long it wasn’t too much work. I love The Martian! I’ve read it three times so far, and it makes me snicker every time.

    • lynnsbooks

      I’m such a big dope – I could have simply checked my shelves for all the unread books!! doh.
      Lynn 😀

      • Caitlin Stern

        That would have been easier. But they’ll be there for your next list. 😉

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah – I’ll have to think on!
        Lynn 😀

  10. Nathan

    I have read seven books on that list! And enjoyed most of them.

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