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!)



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

  1. I am eager to read A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. It seemed to take forever for my library to order it.

  2. Cool–all of these are new to me! Enjoy your summer reading.

  3. I don’t read enough short story collections. I usually enjoy short stories so I’m not sure why that is. I hope you enjoy!

  4. The Book Eaters looks really cool! I hadn’t heard of it before, but I’ll definitely check it out now. Thanks for sharing your list. 🙂

  5. Great picks, esp. the one by Becky Chambers! She really is the queen of feel-good fiction.

  6. Anita@seriesbooklover

    The Bookeaters looks good

  7. Neat list. I’ve had my eye on The Book Eaters. What a unique idea for a story.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

  8. 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!

  9. Jo

    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.

  10. I am also really looking forward to Empty Smiles and A Prayer for the Crown-Shy!

    My TTT:

  11. I am *so so so* excited for A Prayer for the Crown Shy cos I *loved* A Psalm for the Wild-Built. I hope you enjoy these books, Lydia!

  12. So glad to see this list – it’s reminded me how much I want to read A Psalm for the Wild-Built! Great list!

  13. The Book Eaters looks so interesting. I hope you enjoy all these books.

  14. I’m saving novellas for Novellas in November! Eager to start this series!

  15. Poinsettia

    The Book Eaters does sound intriguing!

  16. Book EAters immediately went on my list – sounds SO interesting! This is such a great theme but dangerous because I’m discovering SO many MORE books to add to my TBR! Thanks for the visit.

  17. 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. 🙂

  18. Hopefully these are all enjoyable reads!


  19. Some interesting looking books there!

    I hate the heat and like you I have to be careful not to overheat otherwise I get a migraine. I have always been a shadebather!

    Happy TTT!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  20. 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.

  21. Thanks for making me aware of Life Ceremony. I’m very drawn to the Japanese culture and language. I’d love to read this book.

  22. Ugh, I do not enjoy the heat. It makes me sweaty and uncomfortable and the moody. LOL. I really want to read Psalm and the sequel! The cover is so pretty too. I hope you get to all of these. 🙂

  23. 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.

  24. “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…

  25. Great list! I hope you enjoy all your reading this summer ☺️

  26. The Book Eaters by Sunyi Dean !!!! Sounds amazing.

    I hope you enjoy your summer reading!

  27. The Book Eaters does sound interesting. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  28. The Book Eaters sounds very interesting!

  29. I really want to check out the Monk and Robot novella series. It sounds so interesting. I hope you enjoy these!

  30. 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.

  31. I’m looking forward to A Prayer for the Crown-Shy too! Can’t wait for my copy to arrive!

  32. 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!


    • 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. 🙂

  34. 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.

  35. Some interesting covers there. I hadn’t heard of any of these but some sound quite good.
    Thanks for that, Lydia.

    And thank you for visiting my TTT which has twelve books this week.

  36. I’ve been wanting to read Small Spaces series by Arden and that book 4 cover has just convinced me to pick it up soon 😀

  37. I need to read the first novella in that Becky Chambers’ series.
    I hope you enjoy all of these!

  38. I hope you enjoy these this summer.

  39. 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!

  40. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  41. I adored A Psalm for the Wild-Built, too (in audiobook form), so I have already preordered A Prayer for the Crown-Shy. And I’m very curious as to what “crown-shy” may refer to!

  42. Yay! A Prayer for the Crown-Shy! I adored the first one, too. I love Becky Chambers.

  43. 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)!


    • 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!

  44. I really love the cover designs of this new(er) Becky Chambers series 🙂

  45. I’m looking forward to Empty Smiles as well!

  46. Yes to A Prayer! I hope we both will love it!

  47. I’m really excited for The Book Eaters too. It sounds so interesting.

  48. The Book Eaters sounds so intriguing! I hope you enjoy all of these books, Lydia!

  49. Whatever book adventures you find to read, I hope you enjoy them all Lydia. 🙂 Happiest reading and thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland on this week! As always, I appreciate this.

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