Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads

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Each week, The Broke and the Bookish hosts Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly book meme. I’ve already listed the books I’m most looking forward to reading when I finish comps and what books will be in my beach bag, so this week’s summer reading list is going to be books I wish I could be reading this summer.

1. The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore. The man is hilarious. Lamb is one of my favorite books, and I’ve loved almost every one of his books I’ve read. Absurd and so much fun.
2. So Long, Marianne, Kari Hesthamar. As a Leonard Cohen fan, I can’t pass up this story.
3. Car Sick: John Waters Hitchhikes across America, John Waters. Well, it’s John Waters. And he’s hitchhiking. Sign me up.
4. Divergent, Veronica Roth. I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, but I just haven’t had the chance. Another YA dystopian series, hooray!
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman. I have this on my bookshelf, just waiting for me. I haven’t yet been disappointment by any of Gaiman’s stories.
6. Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell. One of the books Ruth Graham critiqued in her YA piece, and a book that I’ve heard positive reviews of among the YA-studying-and-reading crowd. I’m interested.
7. I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), Chuck Klosterman. I like most of what Klosterman does and comes up with. He’s entertaining, but his work is always thought-provoking. And I love villains, real and unreal, so this looks like a win.
8. Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, Rob Sheffield. Oh, this just sounds like fun. I refuse to actually karaoke, but I love karaoke nights.
9. Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman. Again, this just sounds like fun.
10. Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey, Nick Bertozi. A graphic novelization of Shakleton’s 1914/15 expedition to explore the South Pole. Beautiful, frightening, and educational. Win.



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    1. Definitely. Christopher Moore is one of the few authors who can make me laugh aloud while reading, and Lamb was the book that made me start reading his work. If you don’t mind something slightly sacrilegious, anyway.


  1. Love Moore, but haven’t read Serpent of Venice yet — I think it’s in my husband’s carry-on! He reads very little, but loves Tom Robbins and Christopher Moore, so I always buy them for him with the intent of reading them myself when he’s done. Eleanor and Park is in my TBR pile, too! HAve fun with so much eclectic reading!


    1. I love Tom Robbins, as well! Much like Moore, there are very few of his books that I haven’t yet read.

      And thanks! It’ll be a while before I get to these, because of comps, but I’m looking forward to it when I do!


  2. I’ve read the Divergent trilogy and loved it … at least book 1 and 2. Book 3? … I’ll leave it to you to decide when you get there 🙂

    I’ve never read any Christopher Moore, but I love funny, witty writing. I will definitely be looking up some reading from him! Thanks 🙂


    1. haha! That’s how I felt about The Hunger Game trilogy. I wasn’t overly fond of Mockingjay—it just felt weaker than the other two in the series.

      Moore is quite often laugh-out-loud funny, and definitely worth checking out. Lamb is my favorite, but Bloodsucking Fiends, A Dirty Job, and Sacre Bleu run close behind it.


  3. I have to voice my approval of Ocean at the End of the Lane, too. It’s a short book, but a complete story–wonderfully dreamy, with some lurking danger.

    Christopher Moore is a favorite author of mine, but Fool didn’t really work for me, so I wasn’t surprised The Serpent didn’t either. But I hope you enjoy it!


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Lane! I’m looking forward to getting a chance to dive in. Gaiman has been one of my favorite authors since I started with Stardust several years ago, right after the film adaptation.

      And I’ve been a fan of Moore for years now, too. I did quite enjoy Fool, but it’s not one of my favorite of his books. Lamb, A Dirty Job, and Sacre Bleu might take that title, but it’s hard to choose between the three. Looking forward to checking out Serpent of Venice, though.


  4. I was wondering about The Ocean at The End of the Lane. I hope you’ll review it after you read it. Generally I like all Neil Gaimans stuff but I’m in the midst of American Gods and am disappointed so far.


    1. Will do, but it might be a while! I really liked American Gods, but I can absolutely see why some people find it frustrating. Honestly, I think Gaiman’s short stories are some of his best work. Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things are 2 really strong collections.


  5. You had me at Serpent of Venice. Any fan of Christopher Moore is a friend of mine. Last summer Christopher Moore was nice enough to do an interview for my blog too. You can find it by clicking the Awesome Interviews tab at the top. I’ll be reading Serpent of Venice too this summer.


    1. Oh, that’s amazing! I’ll definitely have to check that out. I discovered Moore several years ago when a friend gifted me a copy of Lamb. I’ve since gobbled up everything that he’s written.


    1. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Land and Eleanor & Park. I’m definitely looking forward to each of them! 🙂


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