In the Bookcase

8.16.2017

My Top 5 Most Interesting #SUMMER Reads

Ruffles and Grace blog party!!

Blogger Victoria Lynn (whose online home is found at Ruffles and Grace) is hosting a big blog party. She has a lot of fun things happening on her blog, so be sure to check it out this week. Sooo... I've been invited to join in the fun for her BOOK DAY!

What a joy it is to be ASKED to talk about BOOKS!

So, here at In The Bookcase we're going to talk about our best reads of the summer. I hope you've squeezed in some fun titles and made summer 2017 a good one for the books.

Here's a peek at what intriguing literary gems that my eyes have been feasting on... and I want to hear from YOU too! Here's 5 books that I've been totally engrossed in during these hot summer days.


Tarissa's Top 5 2017 Summer Reads


Let's start at the top!


#1. The Magnolia Story
by Chip & Joanna Gaines

One of my favorite reads all YEAR long, not just from my summer reads. This Fixer Upper couple has been through a lot in order to have a successful business... and it's a beautiful (and inspiratinal) ride to read about. I definitely recommend this one!



#2. The Courtship of Jo March
by Trix Wilkins

Have you ever wondered what the American classic Little Women would have been like if things had just... turned out differently? I have. Truthfully, I just didn't "get" Professor Bhaer, but I'm not going to ramble about that here. This is an excellent book for fans of classic literature. {My review will be arriving on the blog shortly!}



#3. The Ape Who Guards the Balance
by Elizabeth Peters

This is book #10 in a series about Amelia Peabody, an archaeologist who excavates in Egypt with her husband Emerson at the beginning of the 1900s. This volume was a particularly good read in the series, especially if you've followed along with Peabody's earlier adventures. Intrigue, mummies, murder...



#4. Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag
by Louisa May Alcott

I read this volume during the annual Louisa May Alcott reading challenge that I host in June. I was thrilled to pieces with some of the vintage short stories found in this collection. I can't wait to read the sequel next year!



#5. The Mysterious Affair at Styles
by Agatha Christie

I haven't read much Christie yet, but I decided that I should start at the beginning somewhere, so I chose to read book #1 of the Hercule Poirot series. I was rewarded with a cozy page-turner, which has whet my appetite for the rest of the series.



I want to hear from you, readers! What were your favorite reads from this summer?!

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23 comments:

  1. Interesting list. I might have read "Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag" but that's the only book from your list. I know I did a lot of reading this summer, but it's hard to remember them all. :) But it's always fun finding out what others have read and enjoyed.

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    1. Rebekah, I love Louisa May Alcott's writings, and always try to read some of her books in the summertime. It always seems like it's the right time of the year to read her bright, cheery writings. :)

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  2. CutePolarBear8/16/2017

    Interesting to-read list! I've read The Mysterious Affair at Styles", but I can't remember the plot. Whoops, I guess I have read too many Hercule Poirot books. ;)

    CutePolarBear

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    1. CutePolarBear, in "The Mysterious Affair at Styles" an heiress is murdered... by strychnine poisoning! Maybe that rings a bell for you. --- I would be thrilled to one day be able to "have read too many Hercule Poirot books" myself... haha! I'm just a beginner, as I only have 2 of them under my belt as of yet.

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  3. I have not read any of these! :) I read quite a bit this summer... and bought a whole lot more. :P

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    1. Angela, I did the same dastardly deed... I certainly read and read, but brought too many new books into the house. We're two peas in a pod.

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  4. Like Angela, I haven't read a single one of these! They all look amazing, though. I especially want to read The Courtship of Jo March. Partially because of the cover. Okay, mostly because of the cover ... it's so gorgeous!

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    1. Kellyn, if you're interested in The Courtship of Jo March (which I can testify is a excellent variation of the Little Women story), I believe it's on sale this month! :)

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    2. I'll have to look it up ... thanks for letting me know! :)

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  5. Ooo, the 'Jo March' novel sounds interesting! I've not even read Little Women, but I do adore the story, so I'll have to give this one a look. :)

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    1. It's a good novel! I like exploring modern-written variations of classics like that. Usually they help you to explore classic literature in a way you didn't know how to do on your own.

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  6. Olivia Bell (aka Livy)8/16/2017

    Cool books! I love the show Fixer Upper by the Gaines couple! A couple books I love are: "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare, "Kisses from Katie" by Katie Davis, and "The South Seas Adventures". I'm excited for the giveaway!

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    1. Olivia, I genuinely recommend the Gaines' book... it is such an inspirational read. I already would love to read it again! I'm glad you shared some of your summmer titles; I think I already have 2 of them on my need-to-read booklist, and may consider adding the last one you mentioned too. :)

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  7. Anonymous8/16/2017

    Thanks for the suggestion of Summer reads.
    Marilyn

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  8. So I haven't read ANY of the books on your list (whoops!), but some of my Goodreads friends have good things to say about The Magnolia Story. :)

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    1. Tracey, The Magnolia Story is AMAZING. I cannot say enough good things about it. READ IT!

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  9. Here from Victoria's blog... :)

    The Magnolia Story sounds fascinating! It's definitely going on my TBR list, along with some Agatha Christie.

    One of my favorite summer "reads" was C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces (I listened to the audiobook).

    Helen
    from Hannah & Helen

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    1. Helen, I'll bet that Till We Have Faces was a good read... I'm still exploring Lewis's works myself. Aside from the Narnia series, I've also listened to The Screwtape Letters, but I look forward to trying some of his other titles sometime. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. I recently read Exiles by Jaye L. Knight, which that was AMAZIng. And then I really really enjoyed Dear Mr. Knightely, it was so cute. And Illuminae that was SOOOO cool

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  11. Jasmine, those titles sound like some awesome reads!! I'm glad you shared... I REALLY need to start reading Jaye L. Knight's books. :)

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  12. This is such a cool giveaway! Your blog name is so cute!

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    1. Lilly, I know -- it's SUCH an AMAZING giveaway. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Hi Tarissa
    Thank you for your kind comment on our blog.

    Just had to say that the little leather journal in this picture looks adorable! :)

    God bless
    ~Jessica

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