Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2023 to-Read List

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There are three yellow lounges on a wooden deck by the sea or a large lake. The lounge closest to the viewer also has a white and grey beach towel, a pair of sunglasses, and an opened hardback book on it.

As usual, my summer to-read list isn’t going to be a very long one.

I like to leave plenty of space for mood reading and to take breaks from reading to enjoy the nice, warm weather and the various Pride events that happen every June here.

Once the cloying humidity and heatwaves of July, August, and September arrive in Toronto, I will settle down again and spend more time reading.

Here are some of the books that will be close to the top of my to-read list as June melts into July. Pageboy is already out, but I’ve listed the publication dates for the rest.




Book cover for Pageboy by Elliot Page. Image on cover is a photo of Mr. Page wearing a white tank top and a pair of blue jeans. He is sitting in a room with a red wall and staring ahead at the camera with a serious expression on his face.

Pageboy by Elliot Page
I Want to Read It Because: Memoirs are always interesting things to read, and I don’t know much about Mr. Page’s personal life.

Book cover for The Reformatory by Tananarive Due. Image on cover shows a drawing of a white shack in a smoky, hazy woods just as twilight hits and the world begins to become black.

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
Release Date: June 27
I Want to Read It Because: I’ve enjoyed Ms. Due’s other work, and this story sounds deliciously scary.
Book cover for Pageboy by Elliot Page. Image on cover shows a drawing of a mandarin orange with three green leafs attached to it. It is set against a green and blue background.

The Apology  by Jimin Han

Release Date: August 1
I Want to Read It Because: You don’t see a lot of overlap between literary fiction and ghost stories. This could be excellent!
Book cover for Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher. Image on cover shows a dwarfing of a curved and pointed axe whose tip is bathed in blood. One large drop of blood is falling off of the tip. There is a castle in the background.
Thornhedge by T. Kingfisher
Release Date: August 15
I Want to Read It Because: Kingfisher is a good storyteller and I like to check out all of their new books.
Book cover for Vampires of El Norte by Isabel Cañas. Image on cover shows a Mexican woman wearing a red. floor-length, late 1800s style dress. She is running across the desert past two cacti as lighting strikes the ground in the distance.
Vampires of El Norte  by Isabel Cañas
Release Date: August 29
I Want to Read It Because: It’s been a while since I read a vampire story, and this one looks like it could be very creative.


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86 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2023 to-Read List

  1. The Apology description and cover are intriguing! I’m going to add it to my TBR.

  2. I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about Page’s book. I imagine his journey will make for interesting reading.

  3. That cover on Vampires of El Norte is gorgeous! I’m still a bit over a lot of vampire stories, but that would definitely catch my eye.

  4. The Apology does sound intriguing. I hope you enjoy them all!

  5. The Apology sounds as if it can be a really good book yes! I hope you get to read and enjoy it!

    Elza Reads

  6. We’ll both be reading Thornhedge! I’ve loved everything I’ve read by this author so far. I’ve seen a few really good reviews of Pageboy so far — will be very interested in hearing what you think of it.

  7. I would like to check out the new T Kingfisher as well.

  8. Definitely when it gets hotter out, I plan on spending more time indoors reading! Happy summer reading!

  9. I hope you enjoy all of these.

  10. I hope you enjoy a perfectly wonderful summer reading season!

  11. I’m reading a vampire cozy right now (Almost Fangmous, by Elle Wren Burke) :D. It’s the prequel to her Vampire Pet Boutique series, the third of which was released today. Enjoy your reading time and have a great week!

  12. I’d like to read Elliot Page’s memoir too. I like their acting but it’d be interesting to learn more about him as a person.

  13. I didn’t know Elliot Page had a memoir, I’ll need to add it to my TBR as well! Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  14. I love memoirs, I didn’t know Elliot Page had one. Juno was one of my favorites teen movies but i know little about his life

  15. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get a chance to read them!

  16. Leaving room for an impulse book or three is a good idea. I know my list will probably change as the summer continues. Enjoy your summer reading!

  17. I’m looking forward to Vampires of El Norte. The Reformatory’s cover has a very creepy vibe. I’m curious! Enjoy your summer reading!

  18. Poinsettia

    I like a good vampire story as well, but, like you, it has been a while since I read one! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  19. Oh, yes, I’ll share The Vampires of El Norte with my vampire-loving friend!

  20. I hope you love Pageboy. I should read that as well.

  21. I’m the same way with mood reading. And Vampires of El Norte sounds great

  22. Thornhedge looks really intriguing. I’m so tempted to read T. Kingfisher, but I’m also hesitant because so many reviews say “horror” or “horror-tinged” and I really, really don’t do horror. Yet at the same time, the blurbs and reviews all make her sound so good!

    I’m a mood reader too, so I’m not sure I’ll get to all the books on My Summer TBR… but I’ll try.

  23. Athena

    Love the list, I tend to mood read a lot too!

  24. Mood reading sounds like a great summer choice! I hope you enjoy these.

  25. Vampires of El Norte looks interesting. Happy reading and thanks for visiting my TTT!

  26. The Informant cover is awesome. I’m curious about Pageboy too.

  27. I think I want to read Pageboy. I don’t usually do a lot of memoirs, but I am so fascinated with Elliot’s story.

  28. Kym

    okay, Vampires of El Norte looks interesting . . . and The Reformatory looks creepy but also interesting. Thanks for visiting my TBR today!

  29. THE REFORMATORY sounds good to me, too! I hope we both enjoy it.

    Enjoy your nice weather and events as well as your summer reading, whatever it ends up looking like.

    Happy TTT!


  30. I am definitely a mood reader. Your list looks so interesting. happy summer reading!

  31. I love T. Kingfisher too! Hope you enjoy!

  32. This shows my age, but I get the giggles seeing the Pageboy cover. I think of Chachi (Scott Baio) lol Happy Reading!

  33. Thornhedge and Vampires of El Norte are both on my list – not necessarily for summer, but eventually!

  34. I’ve not yet read T. Kingfisher but I really want to. I have Thornhedge on hold at the library for as soon as it comes out!

  35. Jo

    I hope you enjoy all of these books (even if you don’t read them all this summer!).
    My TTT:

  36. I love a good vampire story. Vampire of El Norte would be my pick from the list you have here. Happy reading!

  37. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on Pageboy. I’ve always been a big fan of his. I hope your summer reading is relaxing for you.

  38. You’ve got so many great books on your list! I really can’t wait to read Pageboy, and I’m thrilled to have ARCs of Thornhedge and The Reformatory! Vampires of El Norte looks really good too – adding that to my TBR. And I’ve found myself doing more things out of the house now too! Happy reading and enjoy the weather!

  39. I’ve seen Pageboy around the blogosphere a lot lately. It does sound really interesting. I hope it lives up to the hype.

  40. I have heard lots of great things about Pageboy. I hope you enjoy all of these when you can read them. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  41. I’m very intrigued by Pageboy, as well. I would love to hear what you think about it when you read it. Happy summer reading, Lydia!

  42. Hope you enjoy any and all you read during this summer – and nice weather too!! Happy summer TBR-ing and thanks so much for visiting my website last week.

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