Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, this week it is Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List. As I take part in a lot of Blog Tours (I will be slowing down from August!) some of my reading is quite predictable, however the rest is whatever takes my fancy from the library and my bookshelves. Here is my potential list:

July Blog Tours (books that I haven’t started reading yet):

The Bay by Allie Reynolds (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Kenna arrives in Sydney to surprise her best friend. But Mikki and her fiance Jack are about to head away on a trip, so Kenna finds herself tagging along for the ride. Sorrow Bay is beautiful, wild and dangerous. A remote surfing spot with waves to die for, cut off from the rest of the world. Here Kenna meets a mysterious group of people who will do anything to keep their paradise a secret.

Sky, Ryan, Clemente and Victor have come to disappear from life. But what did they leave behind?

As Kenna gets drawn into their world, she sees the extremes they are prepared to go to for the next thrill. And everyone seems to be hiding something. What is her best friend involved in and can she get her away? Because one thing is becoming rapidly clear about The Bay: nobody ever leaves”

Finding Mr Perfectly Fine by Tasneem Abdur-Rashid

Book Description:

“Last week I turned 29. Along with the usual homemade Victoria sponge, helium balloon and Selfridges gift vouchers, my Mum’s birthday present to me was the threat that if I’m not engaged by my 30th birthday, she’s sending me off to the Motherland to find a fresh-from-the-Desh husband

When Zara’s Mum puts together the most archaic of arranged marriage resources (not exactly the romcom-worthy love story she had envisioned for herself), she is soon exhausted by her family’s failed attempts to set her up with every vaguely suitable Abdul, Ahmed and Farook that they can find. Zara decides to take matters into her own hands. How hard can it be to find a husband at twenty-nine?

With just a year to go, time is of the essence, so Zara joins a dating app and signs up for speed dating.
She meets Hamza, a kind British Egyptian who shares her values and would make a good husband. Zara knows that not all marriages are based on love (or lust) at first sight but struggles with the lack of spark. Particularly when she can’t stop thinking of someone else . . .

As her next birthday looms, and family pressure intensifies, Zara knows she must make a decision, but will she make the right one?”

Last Time We Met by Emily Houghton (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

An emotional friends-to-lovers romance, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Colleen Hoover

I cried, I laughed, I swooned!A gorgeous friends-to-lovers romance‘ Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop
‘Perfect for a sunny afternoon’ Daily Mail
Funny, heart-wrenching and simply brilliant‘ Beth Reekles, author of The Kissing Booth series on Netflix and Love Locked Down

ONE PROMISE
Aged thirteen, best friends Eleanor and Fin are inseparable. Convinced it will always be this way they make a pact – to go to university together, always live near each other, and if they’re both single at 35 they’ll get married.

TWO DECADES
Eleanor and Fin haven’t spoken in fifteen years. Life has run away from them and they’re both far from where they’d dreamt of being all those years ago.

CAN THEY STILL KEEP THEIR WORD?
It takes tragic circumstances for Fin to come back into Eleanor’s life, but everything has changed since the last time they met. Is it too late to mend their friendship? Or is there a chance they can keep some of the promises they made?”

August Blog Tours:

Quarter To Midnight by Karen Rose

Book Description:

“Quarter to Midnight is the first thrilling novel in a brand new series by Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Rose, set in New Orleans.

Rocky Hebert walks into his death at quarter to midnight one New Orleans night.

His son Gabe cannot accept the official verdict of suicide and enlists the help of the Burke Broussard Private Investigation Agency to discover the real cause of death.

PI Molly Sutton knows what it’s like to lose a father in tragic circumstances and will go to any lengths to crack the investigation, as she tries to fight off her growing feelings for Gabe.

They soon realise Rocky was working on an investigation of his own; one that threatened to expose the deep corruption going all the way to the top of the police department. And that the key to the puzzle lies with a young witness to a murder that happened years earlier: Xavier Morrow.

Just what did Rocky know? And who might have shut him up?

As they get closer and closer to the truth, they realise that the killer is not going to stop at Rocky. And that Xavier is in very real danger. Someone will go to any lengths to protect what he witnessed that night coming out…”

Buddy Read In August:

The Christie Affair by Nina De Gramont (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance.
I’m no Hercule Poirot.
I’m her husband’s mistress.

Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing literary fame.

Nan O’Dea’s world is something very different. Her attempts to escape a tough London upbringing during the Great War led to a life in Ireland marred by a hidden tragedy.

After fighting her way back to England, she’s set her sights on Agatha. Because Agatha Christie has something Nan wants. And it’s not just her husband.

Despite their differences, the two women will become the most unlikely of allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to . . .

The Christie Affair is a stunning novel which reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie in 1926 that captivated the world.

My bookshelf books:

The Heron King’s Flight by Eric Lewis (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“The Heron Kings have been betrayed. A century after their formation from a gang of desperate peasant insurgents, the shadowy band of forest rangers suffers a rare defeat when a skirmish turns into a bloody ambush. Their shaky truce with the crown is tested as young members Linet and Aerrus work to track down their enemies. When reluctant peacetime soldier Eyvind reveals a conspiracy to welcome the charismatic invader Phynagoras, the trio must convince a weak king and pitifully few allies to stand against the storm.

Their only hope lies in the forgotten tactics of their own guerrilla past, and a terrifying new alchemical weapon the likes of which the world had never imagined. The only question is which side will be destroyed by it first…”

Death in Blitz City by David Young

Book Description:

“1942. Hull, East Yorkshire – It is the most heavily-bombed city outside of London – but for the sake of national morale the Hull Blitz is kept top secret. Only the politicians in Whitehall and Hull’s citizens themselves know of the true chaos.

Newly-posted Inspector Ambrose Swift cannot believe the devastation he finds. But for Swift and his two deputies – part-time bare-knuckle boxer Jim ‘Little’ Weighton and Dales farmer’s daughter Kathleen Carver – it’s murder, not the war, that’s at the forefront of their minds.

When a series of sadistic killings is wrongly blamed on locally-stationed black American GIs, Swift, a one-armed former WW1 cavalryman who tours the rubble-strewn city on a white horse, soon discovers these are no ordinary murders. The fetid stench of racism, corruption and perversion go to the very top. And for Swift, Weighton and Carver, finding the real killers means putting their own lives at risk – because powerful forces in the US and Britain cannot let the war effort be undermined. Not even by the truth.”

American Royals by Katharine McGee (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.

Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.

And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.”

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“What holds more secrets in the library: the ancient books shelved in the stacks or the people who preserve them?

Liesl Weiss has been (mostly) happy working in the rare books department of a large university, managing details and working behind the scenes to make the head of the department look good. But when her boss has a stroke and she’s left to run things, she discovers that the library’s most prized manuscript is missing.

Liesl tries to sound the alarm and inform the police about the missing priceless book but is told repeatedly to keep quiet to keep the doors open and the donors happy. But then a librarian goes missing as well. Liesl must investigate both disappearances, unspooling her colleagues’ pasts like the threads of a rare book binding as it becomes clear that someone in the department must be responsible for the theft. What Liesl discovers about the dusty manuscripts she has worked among for so long—and about the people who preserve and revere them—shakes the very foundation on which she has built her life.”

Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy by Faye Brann (click for link to Goodreads)

Book Description From Goodreads:

“Winner of the 2020 Comedy Women in Print Prize
Vicky Turnbull has never regretted giving up her career for family life in the suburbs. And apart from being outstandingly good at paintball, no one would ever know that in a past life she was an undercover spy and has been trained to kill a man with her bare hands. Not even her husband, and certainly not the other mums at the school gate.

But beneath the school runs and bake sales, Vicky had never quite said goodbye to the past. So, when a newcomer on the PTA sets alarms bells ringing and MI5 comes calling, she’s determined to prove that despite her expanding waistline and love of pink gin, she’s still every bit the cold-eyed special operative.

When the assignment gets uncomfortably close to home, Vicky must decide if she has got what the job takes after all, and if home is really where her heart is…”

What books are on your Summer TBR?

Happy TTT!

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55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List

    1. Emily Jane Post author

      Thank you. A lot of it is down to Blog Tours and being given a date to read it by. I am going to slow down on Blog Tours after July so my reading may not be as organised then.

      We are doing the Christie Affair as a buddy read so there will be 3 opinions 🙂

      Happy TTT!

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      I just went onto your post and tried to make a comment, but it said that a duplicate had been made – hopefully I just pressed on it twice and at least one comment shows up!

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  1. Terrie Purkey

    Boy, you have some good ones in this list. The two that caught my eye are Death in Blitz City and Quarter to Midnight – thanks for the tips. 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.

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  2. RAIN CITY READS

    There are some really interesting books on your list! The Christie Affair appeals as I’ve been watching a lot of Marple and Poirot lately! I’m also intrigued by Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy – it reminds me of a book I read shortly after becoming a mum called Vigilante. It’s about a mum who becomes a vigilante and no one has a clue. Definitely a kick ass book to read when adjusting to mum life – I want to see if this one has the same vibes! I hope you enjoy these… and maybe get a chance to pick up a few random reads over the summer as well!

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      I need to read more Christie. OOO I need to read that one! My son is starting school in September. I can’t believe how fast that time has gone!

      Fingers crossed. I am aiming to slow down on Blog Tours after July…

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    1. Emily Jane Post author

      I am looking forward to reading it. Hmm I don’t know. That would be interesting. I read The Book Thief years ago so don’t remember a lot about it, other than it was sad!

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