August TBR: Last-Minute Summer Reads

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

I’ve managed to read one book from my TBR fails post last month by now, so that’s…something.

I thought today I’d round up the small bushel of books I’m hoping to get to by summer’s end (I’m trying to be realistic!) since it’d be nice to read some of my stuff with vacation vibes while it’s still warm. (And then switch gears to the school year and spooky stuff once fall comes.)

So let’s get to it!


The Unexpected EverythingYeah, so this one was on my TBR fails list, but I still had to repeat it here because I really want to get to it this summer! It’s set in summer, involves dogwalking (there are many cute dogs on the cover! Right there!), and just seems like it has the right vibe for this time of year. (Ice cream trucks are life.)

Again, I have heard Morgan Matson is a great contemporary romance writer and this was my chance to check her out. Which I still haven’t taken. But I hope to!



Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined(So this is not the cover I have, but I like this cover a lot better and it makes the summer vibes obvious, so yes.)

This book is basically about going away to camp during the summer as a form of therapy, so far as I know, so I am down for that in August. Also, this is by a Canadian author, and I want to make an attempt to see what the YA Canadian scene is like more specifically. (So far, the only author I’ve read who I’m sure is Canadian is the author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear.)



Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the DreamerThis isn’t set in summer (so far as I know), but is some kind of…trippy fantasy? There’s a mysterious lost city and a librarian guy who has been researching it?

I’m not sure, since most reviewers seem to be deliberately vague about it. But I haven’t read a Laini Taylor book before, and she is held as one of the masters of YA fantasy writing, so I’d like to check her out.

(And I can’t just read 100% contemporary, anyway.)



Summer Days and Summer Nights, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Summer Days and Summer NightsSo, full disclosure: I bought this at a deep discount because I’m not necessarily expecting much. The winter seasonal version of this anthology was okay for me, and this collection has less authors I’m enthused to read, and more who I…well, y’all know how I feel about Cassandra Clare on this blog.

Still, I’m not ready yet to give up on the idea of YA short stories (although I…also wasn’t stoked about the last collection I read, and that one had quite a few authors I’ve enjoyed) and this is distinctly summer-themed, so I’m hoping to be game for it within the next month.


Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky(This freaking gorgeous cover, though.)

I feel like Wild West stuff has a summer vibe for me, whether that’s actually a realistic expectation or not? And this will also break up the contemporary vibe a little, so, bonus.

I’m not actually sure if I enjoy Westerns, but I picked this one up a while ago to give it and the genre a chance, since I saw the author doing a Nanowrimo interview (with Adam Silvera) and she seemed cool.

I like adventures and focus on setting, though as a Canadian, I guess the nostalgia for cowboys and old guns and the actual places is…kind of lost on me? We’ll see how this goes.

I don’t want to jinx myself by listing too many titles for one month (that’s already part-finished), so I’ll leave it there and hope my previous TBR self-shaming will be enough to motivate me. (But we’ll see. I am a notorious mood reader.)

What are you hoping to finish before summer’s end? What kinds of books do you like reading at the time of year? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll talk to you again soon!

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