#TopTenTuesday No.7 | #JorieReads the young adult novels winking at her off her shelf! (aka. My Summer TBR!)

Posted Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 by jorielov , , , , , , , , , , 13 Comments

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[Official Blurb] Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature / weekly meme created by The Broke & the Bookish. The meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke & the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your Top 10 Lists! In January, 2018 this meme is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

[Topic of 25th June, 2019: Books On my Summer TBR 2019]

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Today’s entry was inspiring to me for the following reasons:

I’ve been attempting to re-enter the lovely meme world of #TopTenTuesday since [2018 when I posted my sixth entry!] – to say I was slightly distracted by health afflictions and the tides of life therein would be putting it mildly. This week whilst I was sorting out how to *announce!* my intentions of reading the YA stories winking at me from my bookshelves for the past several years, I decided that this would be a fitting post to tuck into a #TopTenTuesday!

Even though my list is actually *25!* books long – I’ve placed select titles in *bold* to highlight on this post – these are the stories which I felt would befit a Top Ten List feature and the ten most anticipated reads I have on this List as well. Don’t get me wrong – I have been chasing after these stories for the past few years ever since they arrived in for review consideration, however, of the *20!* these were the 10x stories I felt helped inspire me to re-attempt reading the fuller list.

This is also the first year where I felt I could re-focus and re-address a lot of my backlogue of reviews, which I’ll talk about in a moment. If you’re also planning to read a heap of YA this Summer, due leave me a comment – add your book recs and/or the links to your own #TopTenTuesday!

I actually started to return into the community the other week whilst everyone was chattering about the topic “Unpopular Bookish Opines”. I had a heap of lovely fun routing through the book blogosphere and engaging with those who were posting.

Many of the book bloggers I visited were bloggers I regularly either a) follow and b) read – this is also the first year I’ve felt I can become more actively conversational again and look forward to the new convos which have yet to arrive.

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DUE NOTE: all the books featured on #MyYASummer Reading List were books sent to me for review consideration at some point or another over the past few years. With the exception of ‘New England Rocks’ which was a gift from the author Christina Courtenay.

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Tags I found on Twitter:

#ChildrensLit Summer | #KidsBooks Summer | #KidsLit Summer

#SummerReads | #SummerReading | #iReadYA

+ my own: #MyYASummer | #JorieLovesYA

reading from 21st June-23rd September, 2019

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Interestingly enough, for those of you curious how we order things without thinking specifically about how we want to sort the books we’re reading, here is the organic nature of how the books were stacked as I sorted out which books would make into this challenge list:

  1. Summer by Summer by Heather Burch | #SRC2015 via #YASRC 2015
  2. Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser #ReviewPit
  3. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Phillips | #SRC2015 via #YASRC 2015
  4. American Ballerina by Nancy Lorenz
  5. Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowry Combs | leftover from #WyrdAndWonder
  6. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Reading
  7. I, James by Mike Hartner | Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers
  8. Unclaimed Legacy by Deborah Heal | leftover from #RRSciFiMonth
  9. The Kingdom Within by Samantha Gillespie | Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers
  10. Pig Park by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
  11. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue by Iain Reading
  12. The Red Sun by Alane Adams | #SRC2015 via #YASRC 2015
  13. Flower from the Castile by Lilian Gafni | Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers
  14. The Smell of Old Lady Perfume by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez
  15. New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay
  16. Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the HMS Titanic by Iain Reading
  17. The Beauty Thief by Rachael Ritchey
  18. Every Hill and Mountain by Deborah Heal | leftover from #RRSciFiMonth
  19. Trinity Stones by L.G. O’ Connor | leftover from #RRSciFiMonth
  20. Sketcher by Roland Watson Grant
  21. Portals, Passages and Pathways by B.R. Maul | leftover from #WyrdAndWonder
  22. Captive Hope by Rachael Ritchey
  23. Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood
  24. Impossible by C.A. Gray | leftover from #RRSciFiMonth
  25. The Lemorian Crest by Hannah L. Clark | leftover from #RRSciFiMonth

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I decided I wanted to finish reading the Kitty Hawk series and as YA can shift between traditional YA stories for audiences of readers who are seeking a less adult world within their YA selections to the Upper YA category which is fused with adult themes and situations – I decided to also include at the end of Summer a few stories befitting the reader ready to leave YA and opt instead for New Adult Fiction. As a segue before entering into Adult Lit.

  1. + Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of Masterpieces by Iain Reading
  2. + The Secret Life of Jenny Liu by Jean Ramsden
  3. + Asher’s Mark by Amy Durham
  4. + Dare to Kiss by S.B. Alexander

| by the numbers |

3x of BookSparks Reading Challenge Books

3x of Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers List Reviews

2x of reviews leftover from Wyrd And Wonder (Years 1 & 2)

5x of reviews leftover from #RRSciFiMonth | Sci Fi November

+ / – 1x Middle Grade (others might be considered cross-overs / dual interest between MG & YA however the one MG I know for sure is “The Secret Life of Lucy Liu”

28! books erased from my Book Blogger’s Backlogue

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A fuller look ahead at my #SummerReading plans:

Concurrent to reading these twenty-eight books (if you add-in the secondary list), I am also making enroads towards erasing more of the stories off my book blogger’s backlogue list. You’ll find selections of INSPY Literature, an ecelectic mixture of Non-Fiction (ie. topics in Science, memoirs and other curious subjects) as well as a healthy array of genres from Historical Fiction to Contemporary Women’s Fiction being explored through my Summer Reading plans for 2019.

I *only!* focused on my wanderings for #MyYASummer for this particular Top Ten Tuesday post – however, my Summery Reads will be far, far more expansive than what is limited to being revealled today!

This became the first Summer since [2015] I felt I could re-enter the stories I attempted to read prior to the following events: my father’s stroke in late 2016, his year of recovery in 2017 and my ten months of health afflictions throughout 2018. In other words, this is my Summer of renewing my love of reading stories – sorting out my readerly wanderings outside those I commit to as a book blogger who participates in blog tours (or reviews for publishers, authors, publicists, etc) and finding a renewal of joy in listening to audiobooks.

After 8x migraines spilt between the first opening weeks of the New Year and condensed into a bout of five migraines in May (during Wyrd And Wonder, Year 2) – I’ve been actively reducing my booked reviews and blog tours; a carry-over from 2016 when I first started to pull back my schedules on Jorie Loves A Story whilst being more mindful of what I want to read per each new Season which inspires me to seek out the genres I love most to soak inside.

As I move forward, you’ll see more stories being read through a) my local libraries, b) through inter-library loans, c) by audiobook (either via OverDrive for Libraries and/or Scribd) and d) within my personal library of bookshelves.

I’ll be participating in a few reading challenges over the Summer – specifically the Christian Fiction & Clean Fiction readathon in July concurrent to my participation in the Adult Fantasy reading challenge #IronTomeAThon also in July. Whilst I look forward to digging back into Jane Austen during #AustenInAugust and setting my sights on our mini Wyrd And Wonder event this October: #SpooktasticReads!

Small update: I am officially *signed!* on to join the #CFSRS19!!

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Part of my #IronTomeAThon readathon selections will be seeking out cross-over stories of Fantasy between Adult and YA audiences.

I decided since my libraries OverDrive selections have some wicked good fantastical stories available to be listening to this Summer, I’m going to be seeking out quite a few YA titles to soak into and see if the stories resonate with me. This is why I’ve decided to include a few of those selections today – as their also part of #MyYASummer adventures!

The stories on this list are also partially motivated by co-hosting the #YOAS (the Year of Asian Stories) with Ari Augustine and partially because since May, I’ve found I cannot go a full twelvemonth again without discovering new worlds of the fantastical!

  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Whilst there are a few selections I want to be listening to via my Scribd subscription which I re-activated in July after taking a few months off from subscribing.

  • Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis

I am also going to be borrowing a few titles through my libraries – either directly and/or through inter-library loans in print: (some of these are part of my #EqualityInLit reading challenge)

  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
  • The Notebook series by Laura Resau
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong
  • Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
  • Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
  • Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

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I am not sure how many of the stories I’ll finish reading outside of the main queue of 28 off my backlogue but the whole point of this journey within #MyYASummer is to encourage me to read more of the YA stories I’m curious about reading whilst also remaining firmly planted into the realms of Fantasy as each new year I’m hosting #WyrdAndWonder, I recognise how much I’ve missed reading Fantasy regularly.

Towards that end, I’m truly excited to see which of these authors become my beloved #mustread highlights of the Summer whilst which of the series I’ll be continuing to enjoy as Summer folds into Autumn!

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As you can imagine, I might have been drawn away from reading these lovelies (most of them; only a handful are #currentreads) but my interest in reading them never wavered. One nice thing about Summer is giving ourselves a renewal of a chance to re-discover the authors and stories which leave an itching curiosity to read! I cannot wait to see where these literary adventures take me!

Thank you for listening to my journalled ramblings of how I intend to read the stories lingering on my bookshelf and a bit about why I wanted to read them. I’ll be exploring the impressions they imprinted on me as I read – follow the reading tweets as they populate my Twitter feeds and/or stay tuned to my blog for the posts which will be generating after each book is read. I am going to do what the others are doing on Twitter: numbering the books as I read them (ie. No1 of #MyYASummer) and visiting with others who are reading and blogging their #SummerReads!

Here’s to those of us

re-focusing our readerly lives!

Likewise, at the end of Summer I am going to take stock of what I’ve read this year and see which stories will be qualified to check-off my List of Reading Challenges and which categories I could potentially find a story to read before the close of the year. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. Otherwise, I want to know your thoughts about the stories on this #TopTenTuesday Summer TBR list and/or if you’ve read them yourself!

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I’m itching to know – did you participate in this week’s topic? If so, kindly leave a link to your #TopTenTuesday so I can happily visit your list & see what grabs your literary eye! Likewise, what is on my List that either leaves you curious to explore or is a literary style we share in common within our readerly adventures!?

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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13 responses to “#TopTenTuesday No.7 | #JorieReads the young adult novels winking at her off her shelf! (aka. My Summer TBR!)

    • Hallo, Hallo Kate!!

      Such a long time since we’ve interacted with each other!! It was a lovely surprise finding you in my comments! I had planned to release a new TTT every week since this one went live – best laid plans, eh? I have 3x TTT now scheduled to run through the rest of July which I’m excited about – as each of the topics were ones I enjoyed discussing. Maybe you’ll swing back through — I’ll have to go see if you’ve been posting them as well or if you’ve just been visiting. I still miss #K8chat… was such a lovely community. How are things with you?

      I’m getting back into this reading list this coming week.. I had some difficult weeks between the end of June and this first week of July; grrr! Sort of lost my energy and my motivation. Can’t wait to dive back into the YA titles as some of these were through your Book Blogger List!! Thanks for your encouraging note!

    • Hallo, Hallo Annemieke,

      Ooh, you’ve left me curious – which stories on #MyYASummer have you heard of previously!? I read a lot of Indie Authors most book bloggers haven’t heard of and so, the fact you spied a couple you’ve previously come across made me happy that others are finding these stories, too?!

      I do have a lot of reading ahead of me but its the right time for me to be reading them. I’ve waited so long to get into these stories it will be nice to finally allow my heart/mind to soak into them.

      Hopefully as I read and review this Summer you’ll see if any would be a fit for you as a reader, too. Thanks for coming by and leaving me such a kind note! :)

  1. Wow, that is a substantial pile of Young Adult treats to look forward too. I haven read any or heard of many of these, but I have enjoyed a fair bit of YA in the past, such as the brilliant Hunger Games trilogy. Happy summer reading! :-D

    • Hallo, Hallo Jessica,

      Ooh thank you!! :) It is a balm to my bookish soul knowing I’m helping people discover / find stories + authors they haven’t heard of previously! I read heaps of Indie Press / Pub and Indie Authors yearly – even outside what I read as a book blogger – I’d love to gather more as the years go forward, as I have found some of my *favourites!* are on the Indie side of the book world!

      I never could get into the Hunger Games or other *big name* YA series – there are a good number of them – lol – however, I’ve carved out my own personal niche of YA in different genres and have started to find other readers drawing into those worlds/authors themselves, too. The good thing is there is *such!* a large expanse of YA choices nowadays, we all can call a corner of it our own lovely readerly niche of JOY!

      As I read through these during #MyYASummer, I hope you’ll swing back round each month to see what I’ve read will be of interest to you and perhaps you’ll find a few #mustreads for yourself.

      Thank you for leaving me such a lovely note and for enjoying my Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. Wow! That’s a pretty epic TBR! Hope you manage to make your way through all 28.

    I can personally recommend Snow Like Ashes series, though not an all time fave of mine and thoroughly enjoyed reading the books. They had a really fresh magic system and were easy to read. Hope you enjoy ?

    • Hallo, Hallo Becky,

      Ooh I definitely will get through these 28 stories – I usually have a high queue of stories I read per month and my heart is definitely committed to reading these lovelies this Summer. I had such a difficult burst of years I just never had the chance to attach myself into these stories – as readers, we notice the ebb/flow of life interceding with our bookish lives and for me, this a Summer of renewal for me. I truly want to not just read the stories but finally post reflections on behalf of these stories as they are off my backlogue of reviews. Its nice to be able to recapture what I lost but also to move forward and renew my original interest in the stories themselves.

      Thanks for giving me the head’s up on Snow Like Ashes – I can’t wait to get the audiobooks through my library as they have the whole trilogy! I was contemplating reading the books in print but realised I’d rather hear the stories instead! :) I’ll have to remember to update you on my takeaways once I move into the series.

      Be sure to re-visit me throughout the Summer and see if any of the stories I’ve been reviewing might be a match for your readerly interests, too! Blessed to find such a kind note and that you’ve enjoyed this topic I’ve posted for Top Ten Tuesday!!

    • Hallo, Hallo Lou,

      Ooh my gosh!! Aren’t there though? I had to cut out the paragraph where I was fleshing out the *bold!* TTT 10x books out of the main list because I thought I would never be able to post this today if I kept tweaking it!! :( So much happening IRL and then, it nearly left me guilt feeling I hadn’t posted this properly *enough!* as I love to chatter about why the stories interest me to read them… however, after heaps of errands, more cleaning + more LAUNDRY… ooh goodness gracious I could use a new *back!*… I was so excited to see comments on this post!! Thanks for being one of the lovelies who left me a note!

      Austen in August used to be hosted by Roof Beam Reader (now, Roof Beam Writer) — I even did a guest post for him a few Summers back which I really enjoyed because I talked about how I discovered Jane Austen and her stories, etc. It was a readerly time capsule! #sogood I’m unsure if he’s hosting this year or if someone else will be but I’m determined to re-pick up where I left off in 2017 as 2018 was a bad year for me! :(

      Hope one of the lovelies I’ll be reviewing this Summer might catch your eye!

      PS: I’ll be announcing more about #AustenInAugust end of July / early August!!

    • Hallo, Hallo Lydia,

      Thanks for travelling through to find my TTT post, today! Especially as I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to finish it in time to share! :( The last 3x days have been brutally exhausting and this post was really a true lift of self-spirit for me to write and share!! Ooh my… I am hoping I can at least erase the backlogue of reviews — those stories are top priorty this Summer… the rest are more for fun and for seeking out the stories I can’t reconcile chasing any further down the road… however, whichever my outcome by the time the Autumn TBR rolls out for TTT, I’m just going to be satisfied with the stories I did read and know I did my best. Its the journey through the stories which I look forward to the most rather than if I accomplish my goals… as reading is just a heap of random joy for me.

      Ooh don’t I know that!! Your sentiment speaks such strong truths… we need that time winder Hermoine had… lol or a handy backyard TARDIS!!

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