Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List

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A adorable little figurine of a yellow rubber ducky who is sitting in a beach chair and reading a book. This figurine has been placed on a beach, and you can see a wave gently reaching the shore in the distance on this calm and sunny day. Look how many answers I came up with for this seasonal TBR post!

I often struggle with them due to being a mood reader and relying on my local library for the majority of what I read, so I was thrilled to see how long my list was this time.

Last summer was very smoky here in Ontario due to the massive wildfires burning across our country, and there were quite a few days when we were strongly encouraged to remain indoors due to the poor air quality. It’s been better so far this year, but thank goodness for books on days that are smoky!

I’m writing this post in advance while hoping that this June will have much cleaner air. Fingers crossed.

Book cover for The Afterlife of Mal Caldera by Nadi Reed Perez. Image on cover shows a series of seven images that look like stained glass windows. They show a skeleton doing things like dancing, singing, playing a trombone, and, at the top image, talking to someone who is still alive.










1. The Afterlife of Mal Caldera by Nadi Reed Perez

Why I’m Interested: I love ghost stories in general and enjoy them even more when they’re written from the perspective of the ghost herself.

Book cover for querade by O.O. Sangoyomi. Image on cover shows a drawing of a gorgeous African woman wearing a red dress and red headdress. She’s surrounded by large golden flowers. There is an elephant behind her, and its trunk is lightly hugging her legs.










2.  Masquerade by O.O. Sangoyomi

Publication Date: July 2

Why I’m Interested: A retelling of Persephone set in Africa in the fifteenth century sounds amazing to me.

Book cover for querade by O.O. Sangoyomi. Image on cover is a comic-style drawing of a little orange cat who has a speech bubble above her head with the title written in it.










3. Woe: A Housecat’s Story of Despair (Library Binding) by Lucy Knisley

Publication Date: July 2
Why I’m Interested: Cats are fascinating to me. I can never be around them due to how terribly allergic I am to them, so books about them must suffice.

Book cover for We Carry the Sea in Our Hands by Janie Kim. Image on cover shows a stylized, oceanic-themed drawing of a pair of blue hands attempting to clasp a liquid swirl of gold and blue matter as it drains and disappears from view.










4. We Carry the Sea in Our Hands by Janie Kim

Publication Date: July 9

Why I’m Interested: I’m interested in books about foster care, adoption, and race. This book covers all three topics.

Book cover for  Ruin Their Crops on the Ground: The Politics of Food in the United States, from the Trail of Tears to School Lunch by Andrea Freeman. Image on cover shows a close-up photo of two ears of corn that have black kernels.










5.  Ruin Their Crops on the Ground: The Politics of Food in the United States, from the Trail of Tears to School Lunch by Andrea Freeman

Publication Date: July 16

Why I’m Interested: It sounds fascinating.

Book cover for The Bluestockings: A History of the First Women's Movement by Susannah Gibson. Image on cover shows part of an old painting of a wealthy white woman who is wearing a flowing blue gown and holding a book.










6. The Bluestockings: A History of the First Women’s Movement by Susannah Gibson

Publication Date: July 23

Why I’m Interested: This is a slice of history I don’t know much about.

Book cover for She Who Knows: Firespitter by Nnedi Okorafor. Image on cover shows a drawing of an African woman who is wearing an animal skull and vertebrae as a hat. Golden light is shining on her face.










7.  She Who Knows: Firespitter by Nnedi Okorafor

Publication Date: August 20

Why I’m Interested: Ms. Okorafor has written some incredible stories, so I always check out her new stuff.


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81 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List

  1. The Bluestockings sounds fascinating. I hope it’s as good as it seems. Also, I’m so sorry you’re allergic to cats! That’s a tragedy.

  2. I enjoy Lucy Knisley so much—sadly, though (or perhaps I should say, woefully) I don’t see her new book available here yet.

    Good luck on your summer reading. And I hope it’s a smoke-less season for you.

  3. I hope you are able to enjoy fresh air this season! Adding The Bluestockings to my TBR – thank you!

  4. Glad to hear that it’s been less smoky this year but yay for having a list of exciting reads to get to on those bad days! We Carry the Sea in Our Hands sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy all of these reads 🙂

  5. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    What a great mix of genres you have. Hope you enjoy these!

  6. The last looks interesting. Guessing Afro-Futurism?

  7. Bluestockings sounds really interesting!

  8. I hope your summer is a good balance between enjoying the outdoors and having a bit of time here and there to read! Looks like you have a nice selection of Summer TBR reads to enjoy if you have the chances, and also, LOVE your cute stock image. So fun. 🙂 Thanks for visiting my website today! Appreciate this.

  9. That’s a great list, Lydia! I hope your Tuesday has gotten off to a wonderful start!

  10. The Bluestockings seems so cool, i know the term, but i don’t know the history

  11. I hope you have a great summer free of smoke! And I hope you love these!

  12. This looks like a great list! I just added several titles to my Goodreads TBR. I’m especially interested in the first two, and Ruin Their Crops on the Ground looks really interesting too.

  13. Most of these were new to me, and sound so good! I don’t read much nonfiction, and not nearly as much as I should to be well informed.

  14. Wow, great list including some I did not know were coming out!

  15. Poinsettia

    Woe sounds like a really fun book! Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  16. The lack of smoke this year has been a huge blessing. Now, if only the temperatures were more reasonable. I hope you enjoy reading them all.
    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  17. Woe sounds like it would be funny. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get a chance to read them. I also hope there are no wildfires in Canada, or anywhere else this year. Last year was bad.

  18. The cat book, the Bluestockings and maybe the food book (It’ll just make me mad because I will totally agree!) and maybe another are going right to my TBR–thanks! I love the cover on Masquerade. Have a great week!

  19. So glad the smoke is better this year!! Woe looks like a good one. I’m also very allergic to them!

  20. Ooh, Ruin Their Crops on the Ground sounds fascinating, and right up my street. Probably infuriating, though…

  21. I hope you enjoy these!

  22. I hope it’s not too smoky and you enjoy all these!

  23. Athena @ OneReadingNurse

    I just read an interview about Mal Caldera today on Track of Words! Thanks for dropping by earlier!

  24. Yes, Okorafor has written great stuff (I love her Binti’s trilogy).
    Cats! Did you participate in Reading the Meow?
    If not, check my page with all the cats I found on my book shelves:
    Enjoy your summer reads!

  25. An interesting looking list. I hope that there are no more Wildfires. How scary!

    Have a great week!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

  26. The food politics book sounds intersting.

  27. The Afterlife of Mal Caldera sounds very intriguing!

  28. I will keep my fingers crossed for cleaner air this year, I’m in Ontario too! Love that Masquerade is on both of our TBRS. I hope we both love it!

  29. The Bluestockings looks fascinating — and Woe looks adorable! Hope you enjoy your summer books!

  30. Oooh, I hadn’t heard about the new Nnedi Okorafor book. Thanks for the heads’ up! I’ll have to look into that one.

    Here’s my TTT for this week:

  31. I hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  32. Woe looks utterly adorable!

  33. I am really intrigued by Masquerade as well. I hope you get a chance to pick up all of these!

  34. The Afterlife of Mal Caldera is new-to-me but sounds like something I think I’d enjoy.
    Hope you enjoy all these.

  35. RS @ Literary Loot

    “Woe” looks hilarious. I have a feeling my complainy cat would agree it is the most truthful, relatable book of all time.

  36. I could have sworn I already commented on this post! Hm. If I did, just delete this one.

    I hope you’re wildfire free this year. Fires are so difficult on everyone and sad to boot.

    THE AFTERLIFE OF MAL CADERA sounds like a good one. I hope you enjoy all these.

    Happy TTT (on a Monday)!


    • I looked through my spam comments and unapproved comments and did not see any other recent comments from you, Susan. It must have disappeared.

      I hope you like that book.

  37. The Bluestockings has piqued my interest!

    I can’t find a follow link on your blog so I’m off to WP Reader to see if I can follow from there. You are always so kind to comment but I find your comments in spam..,so I need to be sure I’m following you and maybe that will correct itself!
    BTW… I’m putting together a big blog collaboration in early July….would you like to participate? I can send you an email if you’re interested. Email me

    • I thought I had follow links up! I’ll toggle around in my settings this weekend and see if I can get that changed for you.

      I’ll email you. 🙂

  38. Lydia does it again! Sorry for the extra late visit, but this is an amazing list! There are so many books on here that I’ll be adding to my own TBR, because they sound really interesting and I hadn’t heard about them before visiting your page. Thank you for this, and I hope that you enjoy all of these when you get to them.

  39. Cat lover here too! I’m sorry you can’t be around them, but books are a pretty good substitute. 🙂 I have 3 and they can definitely be a handful, waking us up during the night, getting into things. The list is long. Ha!

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