Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Arty Reader Girl. Each week, we are given a bookish topic to discuss. This week’s theme is Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List. My summer is bound to be exceptionally busy, so I am not sure how much reading time I will have. However, I want to focus on continuing a few series, knocking out a couple of books from my 24 books in 2024 list, and squeeze in some new series as well.

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Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List

The Rise & Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte

We humans are the inheritors of a dynasty that has reigned over the planet for nearly 66 million years, through fiery cataclysm and ice ages: the mammals. Our lineage includes saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, armadillos the size of a car, cave bears three times the weight of a grizzly, clever scurriers that outlasted Tyrannosaurus rex, and even other types of humans, like Neanderthals. Indeed humankind and many of the beloved fellow mammals we share the planet with today—lions, whales, dogs—represent only the few survivors of a sprawling and astonishing family tree that has been pruned by time and mass extinctions. How did we get here?

In his acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs—hailed as “the ultimate dinosaur biography” by Scientific American—American paleontologist Steve Brusatte enchanted readers with his definitive history of the dinosaurs. Now, picking up the narrative in the ashes of the extinction event that doomed T-rex and its kind, Brusatte explores the remarkable story of the family of animals that inherited the Earth—mammals— and brilliantly reveals that their story is every bit as fascinating and complex as that of the dinosaurs.

Beginning with the earliest days of our lineage some 325 million years ago, Brusatte charts how mammals survived the asteroid that claimed the dinosaurs and made the world their own, becoming the astonishingly diverse range of animals that dominate today’s Earth. Brusatte also brings alive the lost worlds mammals inhabited through time, from ice ages to volcanic catastrophes. Entwined in this story is the detective work he and other scientists have done to piece together our understanding using fossil clues and cutting-edge technology.

A sterling example of scientific storytelling by one of our finest young researchers, The Rise and Reign of the Mammals illustrates how this incredible history laid the foundation for today’s world, for us, and our future.

Mist & Whispers by C.M. Lucas

Imagine a world in eternal darkness. A world where skeletal beasts lurk in the forest. Where the women are missing, and the men are in need of salvation…

In the West-English town of Little Wolf Green, Scott’s bookshop is about to close down. Convinced the bookshop holds the key to her mother’s identity, sixteen year old Anya Piddling vows to save Scott’s, whatever the cost.
When four books of magic and myth take the world by storm, Anya begins a journey to discover the truth about the author, known only as the Weaver. Followed closely by her friends, and one surly, bitter ex-boyfriend, Anya soon realises a whole new world awaits: a world gone very wrong, with maddening whispers in the forest, magical winged Kings and a dragon-boy that understands her, inside and out. But this world needs a saviour… and everyone is looking at her.

Kimi ni Todoke: Soulmate Vol 2 by Karuho Shiina

With her jet-black hair, sinister smile, and silent demeanor, Sawako “Sadako” Kuronuma always had trouble fitting in during high school. But with help from her friends, her boyfriend Kazehaya, and even her rival-turned-friend Kurumi, Sawako came out of her shell. Now in college, Sawako and Kurumi have become incredibly close, but Kurumi longs for a romance of her own.

In college, Kurumi thinks she’s found her soulmate in Sawako, her rival-turned-best-friend from high school. After Kurumi survives a frightening encounter with a stalker, Sawako’s cousin Eiji supports her in just the ways she needs—he even stays the night at Kurumi’s place. When morning comes, Kurumi doesn’t want him to leave. Has she gone from fiercely independent to desperately needy?

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Vol 5 by Koyoharu Gotouge

In Taisho-era Japan, kindhearted Tanjiro Kamado makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

At Mt. Natagumo, Tanjiro, Zenitsu and Inosuke battle a terrible family of spider demons. Taking on such powerful enemies demands all the skill and luck Tanjiro has as he and his companions fight to rescue Nezuko from the spiders’ web. The battle is drawing in other Demon Slayers but not all of them will leave Mt. Natagumo alive—or in one piece!

Spy x Family Vol 5 by Tatsuya Endo

Master spy Twilight is unparalleled when it comes to going undercover on dangerous missions for the betterment of the world. But when he receives the ultimate assignment—to get married and have a kid—he may finally be in over his head!

Anya Forger has been trying her best to befriend Damian Desmond, the son of the powerful Ostanian political leader Donovan Desmond, but her attempts have been constantly rebuffed. Despite the setbacks, Anya is determined to gain access to the Desmonds’ inner circle and even devises a new plan—acing her midterm exams to earn stella stars! Can the academically challenged Anya pull off this feat for the sake of world peace?

Edge of Madness by Kyla Stone

In a world without power, can one man protect his son?

On the five-year anniversary of his wife Hannah’s disappearance, small-town cop Noah Sheridan takes his son Milo to a local ski resort for some much needed father-son time.

In a blink, the power grid goes out. Phones and cars stop working. What starts as a day of holiday fun soon turns into a deadly fight for survival.

And when an impending blizzard cuts off the town from the rest of civilization, it’ll take everything Noah has to keep his family and friends alive.

When the country goes dark, ordinary people find themselves facing the end of the world as they know it. With society collapsing before their eyes, they’ll have to risk everything to protect their home and the people they love.

Horimiya Vol 3 by HERO

A sweet “aww”-inspiring tale of school life continues!!The longer Hori and Miyamura keep each other’s secrets, the closer they get. When Hori blurts out an inadvertent “I like you,” will Miyamura respond in kind? Or could the slipup spell the end of their friendship…?

The False Prince by James Fuller

An epic journey of deceit, betrayal, magic and a treasonous love sets sail as Meath, a young apprentice to the formidable wizard, Ursa, escapes certain death while a freshly united Kingdom is held captive by a false Prince. In hope of relaying the truth of the usurper who now threatens the throne, Meath embarks on a dangerous journey with the true heiress, Nicolette, in an attempt to reach her Uncle before they too are entangled in the lie that has wound itself deep into the lands. Amidst the soldiers dispatched to return the princess and capture Meath and his friends, they must avoid the barbarian clans who have begun a savage war on the Kingdom of Draco; evading what seems like fate has become a perilous game they may not be able to win…

Snow White With The Red Hair Vol 26 by SORATA

Shirayuki and company have at last received permission from Lord Eisetsu to spread the light-bringing phostyrias plant. Back in Lilias, as the team prepares for the next phase of the plant propagation plan, Ryu makes a major decision of his own! And it seems that a job offer has been posted in the City of Academics—one seeking an herbalist with very particular qualifications!

The Secret of Friendship by Kazune Kawahara

Eiko and her best friend Moe couldn’t be more different. While Eiko is a shy, average-looking girl, Moe is beautiful and constantly gets attention from guys. Though their personalities are total opposites, the bond between them is incredibly strong. Moe might have an endless supply of suitors, but when it comes to actually dating them, she has a condition: her boyfriend must value Eiko more than he does Moe. No one has yet been able to meet her condition—not until a boy named Tsuchida appears, at least. What will Eiko do when her relationship with her best friend begins to change?

I hope you enjoyed my list of Books on My Summer 2024 To-Read List. What do you plan to read this summer?

13 Comments

    1. Author

      Thank you. Manga is what I mainly read at the moment. Spy x Family is one of my favorite on-going series.

  1. I still haven’t read the Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs, but the mammals one looks interesting too.

    1. Author

      I hope you find time to get to both of these books at some point. The dinosaur one was good so I’m looking forward to the mammal book.

  2. I really want to read The False Prince and Edge of Madness. Thank you for the great recommendations!

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