Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2022 To-Read List


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A book lying opened on the grass. A green leaf is being used as a bookmark. Summer is an excellent time to read in Toronto, especially once the temperatures and humidity soar in July and it becomes uncomfortable to spend a lot of time outdoors during the heat of the day.

Okay, to be fair, some people love the heat. I wish them the best with their adventures in the heat but will be staying indoors myself during the hottest times of the day if I can at all help it. (Hot summer days can include a few migraine triggers for me, so I have to be mindful of how I spend them).

What I actually end up reading depends on my mood and which books I can find at the Toronto Public Library, but here are a few new releases I’m quite excited about. I’m sure this list will grow longer over the summer.

 

Life Ceremony: Stories  by Sayaka Murata book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of Japanese food in a black bowl.

Life Ceremony: Stories  by Sayaka Murata

Release Date: July 5
Why I’m Interested: I enjoy short story collections and have not read many from Japan yet. It will be fun to see what this collection is like!

 

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers book cover. Image on cover shows a drawing of a forest and a wagon travelling on a road through it.

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy (Monk and Robot #2) by Becky Chambers

Release Date: July 12
Why I’m Interested: I adored the first novella in this series and can’t wait to see what happens to the characters next. (Yes, I know I’ve mentioned this book several times in previous posts this year…but my excitement for it has only deepened as the release date grows nearer).

 

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean book cover. Image on cover shows cutouts of a mother and child from the pages of a book. These silhouettes are walking up to a building made from the page of a print book and looking at a lit window in it as the mom points at it.

The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean

Release Date: August 2
Why I’m Interested: The unique premise grabbed my attention immediately. Those of us who are bookish sometimes metaphorically talk about devouring books, but imagine what it would be like to literally rely on them for sustenance!

 

Empty Smiles (Small Spaces, #4)  by Katherine Arden Book cover. Image on cover shows a scary clown glaring at the audience as two children run by.

Empty Smiles (Small Spaces, #4)  by Katherine Arden

Release Date:August 9
Why I’m Interested: I’ve also adored the Small Spaces series so far and can’t wait to see how it ends. (Yes, I’ve mentioned this book multiple times before as well. I am a creature of habit!)

 

98 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2022 To-Read List

  1. Oh, a Becky Chambers book I haven’t heard of, must go check that one out. I hope you find something you want to read over the summer!

  2. I hope you enjoy all of these. I enjoy reading outside in the summer, but like you, I will stay inside if it gets too hot (anything above 30 C and I won’t be stepping a foot outside). I also have hayfever, so outdoor reading is sometimes an impossibility if my symptoms are really bad.

  3. Both The Book Eaters and Life Ceremony intrigue me. I’ve got them on my TBR list, too. But I probably won’t get to either of them this summer; too many other books to read first. 🙂

  4. I never quite connected with Pslam by Chambers, but I am the minority on that one from what I can see. I do hope everyone who loved the first installment enjoys the second one as much. I do hope your summer reading brings you a lot of smiles and joy.

  5. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, either–we’re not built for anything but rain in the UK, and that heat just makes me worry for my dog! I hope you get some cooling reading downtime throughout it this summer.

  6. “wish them the best” lol that made me smile. 🙂 I’m not a huge fan of the heat either. Prayer made my list too as I love the Murderbot stories…

  7. I’m with you: I definitely can’t do the heat! If it’s mild out, I’m happy to go outside (like early mornings or late in the evening), but during the heat of the day? I’m much happier inside! (Reading a book! Ha.)

    Oooh, I didn’t realize Katherine Arden was releasing another book in that series! While I don’t love the cover (clowns, ugh), I’ll definitely be interested in reading it anyway.

    • Yes, early morning or late evening excursions are much nicer in the summer for sure.

      I hope that clown cover didn’t scare you too much!

  8. I’m not crazy about the heat, either! We made a whirlwind visit to Toronto in December for an event. I would love to go back and spend more time there! I didn’t put any new releases on my TTT list; maybe I misread the prompt! I like the sound of your list. I have only looked at two blogs from the link-up so far, and you both listed the Becky Chambers book!

  9. AHHHH HIII!!! im new to your blog BUT ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THE DESIGN AND YOUR POSTS AND JUST EVERYTHING, OKAY?!!! I LOVE IT ALL SO SO MUCH 😭😭 also all of these books sound amazing AND HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THE BOOK EATERS BEFORE??? It sounds FABULOUS and that cover is so intriguing I NEED THE BOOK PLEASE!!!! I hope you LOVE all of these and AM SO EXCITED TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS!!! AND DID I MENTION I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR BLOG AND CANNOT WAIT FOR YOUR FUTURE POSTS!!!!!

    • Aww, thank you so much for your kind words. They made my day.

      I hope you like The Book Eaters, and I look forward to reading your review of it if you write one. 🙂

  10. I need to take a closer look to Becky Chambers, something tells me I will enjoy her work.

    The Book Eaters sure does seem very interesting Lydia! Hope you get to enjoy it and thanks for paying us a visit.

  11. I’ve heard about The Book Eaters, but the rest are new to me. And I agree with you about avoiding the heat. Happy reading!

  12. I can’t stand the heat either, but unfortunately, I live in a place where it’s ALWAYS hot (Arizona). Ugh. I hibernate in the summer, often napping through the hottest part of the day (with the a/c on full blast, of course). I don’t get migraines, but the heat definitely makes me feel sluggish and irritable! Good thing I have books to keep me sane 🙂

    I hope we both enjoy THE BOOK EATERS. It just sounds SO intriguing to me!

    Happy TTT (on a Wednesday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    • Yeah, Arizona can get very hot for sure. (I have relatives who live there).

      Napping through the hottest part of the day is an excellent idea.

      And woohoo for The Book Eaters!

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