Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2023 To-Read List

With the arrival of summer, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and read. Usually, I don’t have a ton of time to read during the summer, as there are plenty of outdoor tasks that keep me busy during these months. However, I still try to set aside some time to get a bit of reading done. Since I have quite a decent-sized TBR, it was hard to narrow down which books I want to prioritize for summer reading. These are the books that made it onto my summer 2023 to-read list. They are mostly shorter books, as those will be the easiest for me to get through. I cannot wait to dive into these.

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Books on My Summer 2023 To-Read List

In this screwball romantic comedy, Haruhi, a poor girl at a rich kids’ school, is forced to repay an $80,000 debt by working for the school’s swankiest, all-male club—as a boy! There, she discovers just how wealthy the six members are and how different the rich are from everybody else…

One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the “Host Club,” a mysterious campus group consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back the damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the boys are and how different they are from everybody else.

 

As if being student council president of a predominantly male high school isn’t hard enough, Misaki Ayuzawa has a major secret—she works at a maid café after school! How is she supposed to keep her image of being ultrasmart, strong and overachieving intact once school heartthrob Takumi Usui discovers her double life?!

Can Misaki trust Usui to keep her secret from the rest of the kids at school? And why the heck is he always showing up at the maid café? Maybe she should start taking him seriously when he says he likes her—especially when he throws in an unexpected kiss!

Tales from Watership Down is the enchanting sequel to Richard Adams’s bestselling classic Watership Down, which won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.

Adams returns to the vivid and distinctive world he created in that enduring work, reacquainting readers with the characters we know and love, including Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig, Dandelion and the legendary rabbit hero El-ahrairah. These compelling tales include all-new adventures, with the younger generation of rabbits eager to find out about the heroic age that existed before they were born.

Enchanting us once again with stories of courage and survival, the millions of readers who enjoyed Watership Down now have the chance to re-enter this unique and spell-binding world.

 

When Miyo Saimori, the unwanted daughter of a declining noble family, is married off to coldhearted military commander Kiyoka Kudou, no one expects their betrothal to last. Against all odds, however, the unlikely couple find themselves drawn to each other’s kindness, and their engagement becomes official. Wanting to prove herself to her talented fiancé, Miyo starts studying etiquette with the goal of making her social debut at an upcoming dinner party. When she refuses to confide in anyone about her dreams (which are becoming more terrifying by the night), though, her health rapidly declines. This provides a third party the perfect opportunity to widen the rift developing between Miyo and Kiyoka…

 

Can the three teenage daughters of demon dog half-brothers Inuyasha and Sesshomaru save their parents, themselves, and both realms from the menace of the seven mystical Rainbow Pearls?

First stop, Demon Slayers’ Village, where the trio joins forces with old friends and frenemies of Inuyasha—Kohaku, Sango, Miroku, and Koga! Plus, Miroku tells the tale of meeting Sesshomaru’s flunky Jaken after the fateful day when the twins were separated.

Then, while Towa receives a surprising new weapon to train with, Moroha reunites with her former mentor Yawaragi, who strong-armed her into becoming a bounty hounter. And all three girls discover they harbor something inside them that draws enemies to them like moths to a flame—including the fearsome Four Perils! Uh-oh…

 

A sweet “aww”-inspiring tale of school life begins!!

At school, Kyouko Hori is known for being smart, attractive, and popular. On the other hand, her classmate, the boring, gloomy Izumi Miyamura tends to get painted as a “loser fanboy.” But when a liberally pierced and tattooed (not to mention downright gorgeous) Miyamura appears unexpectedly on the doorstep of secretly plain-Jane homebody Hori, these two similarly dissimilar teenagers discover that there are multiple sides to every story…and person!

 

Bullied to the point of dropping out of school, Kokoro’s days blur together as she hides in her bedroom, unable to face her family or friends. As she spirals into despair, her mirror begins to shine; with a touch, Kokoro is pulled from her lonely life into a resplendent, bizarre fairytale castle guarded by a strange girl in a wolf mask. Six other students have been brought to the castle, and soon this marvelous refuge becomes their playground. 

The castle has a hidden room that can grant a single wish, but there are rules to be followed, and breaking them will have dire consequences. As Kokoro and her new acquaintances spend more time in their new sanctuary, they begin to unlock the castle’s secrets and, tentatively, each other’s. 

Lonely Castle in the Mirror is a mesmerizing, heart-warming novel about the unexpected rewards of embracing human connection.

Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws — including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose. . .except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

On her long journey home from school after a fight that will surely lead to her expulsion, Karigan G’ladheon ponders her uncertain future. As she trudges through the immense Green Cloak forest, her thoughts are interrupted by the clattering of hooves, as a galloping horse bursts from the woods.

The rider is slumped over his mount’s neck, impaled by two black-shafted arrows. As the young man lies dying on the road, he tells Karigan he is a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king of Sacoridia.

Before he dies, he begs Karigan to deliver the “life and death” message he bears to King Zachary. When she reluctantly he agrees, he makes her swear on his sword to complete his mission, whispering with his dying breath, “Beware the shadow man…”

Taking on the golden-winged horse brooch that is the symbol of the Green Riders, Karigan is swept into a world of deadly danger and complex magic, her life forever changed. Compelled by forces she cannot understand, Karigan is accompanied by the silent specter of the fallen messenger and hounded by dark beings bent on seeing that the message, and its reluctant carrier, never reach their destination.

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end–the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived. . . .

I hope you enjoyed the Books on My Summer 2023 to-Read List. What books do you plan to read this summer?

14 Comments

    1. Author

      Thanks, I’m sure I will love them all.

  1. I hope you love all of your summer reads.

    1. Author

      Thanks. I’m really looking forward to all of them so I am sure I will love them.

  2. Maid-sama and Ouran are both great. Hope you enjoy them!

    1. Author

      I loved the anime of both series so I feel like the manga are going be be really good too.

  3. I liked Green Rider. And Lost World would be awesome- I read Jurassic Park just a few years ago and want to read that sequel also.

    1. Author

      I love Green Rider. It’s a semi-regular reread for me, especially since I have yet to catch up on the series and I always reread the previous books before diving into the new one.

  4. Looks like you’ve got some fun reading ahead of you. Enjoy!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

    1. Author

      Thanks. They are all great sounding books.

  5. I didn’t know that Watership Down had a sequel. I’ll have to look that one up. I hope you enjoy these!

    1. Author

      It’s certainly not a well-known sequel so even I didn’t know about it for years. Hopefully, it’s as good as the first book.

    1. Author

      Thank you, I am sure I will.

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