Summer TBR Wipeout // Update #1

Summer TBR Wipeout Update 1I can’t believe we are two weeks into this challenge into this challenge already. If anyone is curious, the Summer TBR Wipeout challenge is hosted by Candid Cover.

You can find more information about the challenge here and see my introductory post for my personal TBR list.

I will admit most of my first update is books I was trying to finish reading, but I did get quite a few things moved from my TBR pile to my read pile. Even if they weren’t on my introductory post.

Books Read So Far

1. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

This is an interesting read. It’s about three sisters who come home after they find out their mother has cancer.

I am always curious about how sisters interact and these three have the added element of being named after Shakespearean heroines and they have a father who communicates almost solely out of pages of Riverside Shakespeare.

The most interesting thing about this book is the unique narrative style, of the first person plural. The three sister’s narrate their time home as on unit.

2. Prom and Other Hazards by Jamie Sullivan

This novella wasn’t on my list, but it was another interesting read. Its prom season and Sam wants nothing to do with it unless she can get the courage to ask her friend Tash. Courage for her comes when she sees a suit in the mall window.

I thought this was going to be a really great love story with a bit of gender expression being explored. While I enjoyed it, I think the writing suffered, only because of the short length. The last third of the book felt really rushed.

2. Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

If there was ever a book that accurately described my life, it would be this one. Reclusive writer M.M. Banning has to produce a novel after being swindled out of her fortune.Her publisher sends his editorial assistant to help her with anything she needs. Turns out what M.M. Banning needs, is someone to watch her son Frank.

This was a book that I really loved. I can’t explain all the reasons why I loved it, but I did write a five-star review for it.

3. A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

Joanna Price’s honeymoon is not off to a great start. After checking-in late for their flight she isn’t able to sit with her husband.  Things get worse when he plan crashes with just herself and Mr. Ogre.

I don’t normally read romantic comedies, but I really loved this audiobook. It was a fluffy novel that I really needed.

4. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Where do I begin with this book? Code Name Verity received lots of praise from bloggers when it was released in 2012, and it doesn’t disappoint.

I just wrote my review of this book and I am at a lose for how to describe it without parroting my entire reviews. So I will leave you with this: A complete review of this book will be live tomorrow morning.

5.  Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

This is a book that I have to read for book club this week. I am really enjoying it and I should finish it in a day or so.

This is a novel based around food. It follows the life of a girl named Eva as she becomes the head chef of a renowned pop-up supper club. A review of this book will be coming later in the week.

What’s Next

1. The Unseen World by Liz Moore

This sounds like such an amazing book and I have a NetGalley ARC. Here’s the back jacket copy.

The moving story of a daughter’s quest to discover the truth about her beloved father’s hidden past

Ada Sibelius is raised by David, her brilliant, eccentric, socially inept single father, who directs a computer science lab in 1980s-era Boston. Home-schooled, Ada accompanies David to work every day; by twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that David’s mysterious history comes into question. When his mind begins to falter, leaving Ada virtually an orphan, she is taken in by one of David’s colleagues. Soon after she embarks on a mission to uncover her father’s secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. What Ada discovers on her journey into a virtual universe will keep the reader riveted until The Unseen World’s heart-stopping, fascinating conclusion.

2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I have heard so many good things about this book and I think that I am almost ready to pick up a book with a murder again.

3. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Talk about being late to the party! I have been wanting to read Good Omens for years but never got around to it. This is the book choice for our book club this week.

4. Cinder by Marisa Meyer

This is another book that I have been meaning to read and I am really excited for it. I have heard so many great things about this series and I can’t wait to give it a read.

5. The Program by Suzanne Young

I just discovered this book and it rocketed to the top of my TBR pile. The Program takes place in a world where teen suicide is an epidemic and any teen believed to be displaying suicidal tendencies is sent to “The Program.”


What are you guys reading this summer? Any hot new reads I should be on the lookout for? 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

8 thoughts on “Summer TBR Wipeout // Update #1

      1. One of my Goodreads friends mentioned in their review that the book poorly portrays depression, and if you know it well then the book doesn’t make sense. That’s a big no-no for me, so I’m curious of your review.


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