Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Summer 2021 TBR

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Here are the ten books I’m most looking forward to reading this summer. If a publication date isn’t listed, the book has already been published.

1. The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo 

Why: I’ve often wondered what it was like to live through the Jazz age.


2. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Why: There aren’t a lot of fictional books out there about workplace bullying and abuse. This one sounds good.


3. A Song Below Water (A Song Below Water, #1)  by Bethany C. Morrow  

Why: I love magical realism and mermaid tales.


4. The Very Nice Box by Eve Gleichman

Why: I don’t know I’ve ever read a satirical thriller before. That combination of genres sounds amazing.


5. Sisters of the Snake (Ria & Rani #1) by Sasha Nanua

Why: There’s something fascinating to me about a princess switching places with an orphan.


6. The Secret Keeper of Jaipur  by Alka Joshi

Publication Date: June 22

Why: It sounds like good historical fiction.


7. Rescue on Turtle Beach  (Wind Riders #1) by Jen Marlin

Publication Date: July 6

Why: This story sounds adorable. I rescued a turtle once when I was a teenager!


8.This Poison Heart (This Poison Heart, #1) by Kalynn Bayron

Publication Date: July 15

Why: Briseis sure sounds like she has an amazing magical ability. I can’t wait to see what it would be like to make plants grow with a simple touch of your hand.


9. The Hand of the Sun King  by J.T. Greathouse

Publication Date: August 5

Why: There’s something about hot, humid summer days that makes me want to read high fantasy. Maybe it’s because I read so much of it during summer breaks when I was a kid?


10. Seeing Ghosts: A Memoir by Kat Chow

Publication Date:August 24

Why: Ms. Chow sounds like she’s had an interesting life. I’m curious to read her thoughts on grief.


  1. Great list! I work in publishing so I’m so interested in giving The Other Black Girl a go, and I’d like to read The Chosen and the Beautiful, too. Happy reading!

  2. I have a copy of This Poison Heart for review, and I own The Other Black Girl too (which I hope to read ASAP)


  3. I’ve seen The Secret Keeper of Jaipur around and it sounds very interesting!

  4. Some of those titles really made me smile. You have some nice reads before you.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

  5. The Cover for This Poison Heart is so gorgeous. Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

  6. This Poison Heart was on my list this week too!
    My TTT:

  7. THE CHOSEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL sounds amazing! I hope we both love it.

    Happy TTT!


  8. Cool picks. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris is also on my list this week Here’s a link to my Summer Reading List.

  9. Great list! I just finished This Poison Heart, and it was outstanding, as was The Secret Keeper of Jaipur. There are some other books on your list that I’m dying to read. Looks like a great summer TBR!

  10. A Song Below Water looks and sounds amazing! Hope you enjoy these 🙂

  11. I love this list because so many are on my TBR! I’m so excited for Sisters of the Snake! I hope you enjoy all these.

  12. The only one I’ve read from your list is The Other Black Girl and it was…interesting. Not quite what I was expecting! I’d be curious to see what you think of it.

    • That’s good to hear. I always like getting hints about what people thought of books. We’ll see what I think of it! 🙂

  13. Wind Riders looks wonderful!

  14. I’m really looking forward to Sisters of the Snake. Thanks for the reminder!

  15. I feel as though I’ve been seeing “Sisters of the Snake” making the rounds on social media, but I haven’t looked into what it’s about. Sounds as though it could be interesting! Hope you enjoy all of these summer TBR books!! Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • You’re welcome. Yeah, Sisters of the Snake has been popping up everywhere. May you enjoy it if you read it.

  16. Some beautiful covers – the Secret Keeper of Jaipur sounds great

  17. Have a great summer of reading!

  18. I want to read A Song Below Water too! Great list!

  19. a couple of list have The Chosen and the Beautiful. im adding it now, too!

  20. I really like the cover of The Very Nice Box. I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything like it either, but I’d give it a go!

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