Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blogging initiative hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl with new themes each week.
This weeks theme is Books On My Summer 2019 TBR
Ok so first of all I have to direct attention to my #20BooksofSummer challenge which is attempting to clear my small bookcase of purchases from personal recommendations that I haven’t got round to for one reason or another. That counts as one here.
However, the books on that list are all at least a couple of months old and some a lot older.
So the remaining 9 will be concerned partly with books I have been sent/being sent for review and partly I am I hoping to get in July
The Longest Night Of Charlie Noon – Christopher Edge (Nosy Crow) *
It’s been universal praise for Charlie Noon, I haven’t read any detailed reviews yet as I want this one to be a surprise but I know its context is about time playing tricks on 3 children lost in the woods. That’s enough to make me very happy!
The Impossible Boy- Ben Brooks (Quercus 31st October) *
This will be a Christmas in July book, my one unseasonable book thanks to being sent a proof! This is Ben Brooks’ first childrens novel after his immensely popular Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different.
It’s concerned with the story of two children who may have imagined a boy into existence and try to help him whilst he is being chased down by shady mysterious people for being Impossible. Can they save their new friend, save the Impossible all in time for Christmas?
Ariki and The Island Of Wonders – Nicola Davies illustrated by Nicola Kinnear (Walker July 4th)
Moana is probably Tinyfae’s favourite Disney film and an illustrated early chapter book set within a Polynesian context appeals both to my mind and to curate her future library too.
As the author is Nicola Davies you also know the research and attention to detail will be top notch. If this is good I will certainly get book 1 too!
Under a Dancing Star – Laura Wood (Scholastic July 4th)
A prequel to Much Ado about Nothing reimagined in 1930s Italy- that is enough to sell me this book. I have been deathly jealous of anyone who got a proof!!
Much Ado About Nothing is a favourite play of mine especially the Branagh adaptation to film in the 1990s 💜 but then to set in the interwar period with the storm clouds of war gathering, the fascist regime of Mussolini in Italy and the desperate hope for peace amongst anger and grief from The Great War. In the words of Veruca Salt – I want it NOW!!
The Way of the Waves- Dr Janina Ramirez illustrated by David Wyatt (OUP 4th July)
I adored the first Riddle of the Runes book for its thoughtful and historical representation of a Viking community and culture within a mystery plot that Alva our young protagonist must solve. This book will pick up where the last ended with Alva deciding she must continue her quest to find her father over the waters.
The Lost Tide Warriors- Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury 11th July)
Gosh I’m looking forward to the sequel to The Stormkeeper’s Island so so so much!! I was lucky to read the opening chapters as an excerpt on Netgalley and where we left off means It’s been excruciating waiting to find out what happens next!!
The Iron Man – Ted Hughes and Chris Mould (Faber 1st August) *
No not Tony Stark Iron Man (I love you 3000) I mean the modern fairytale written by Ted Hughes in 1968 challenging the warmongering attitudes of humankind.
There’s a whirl of excitement about this reissue of the classic children’s tale for its illustrations have been put in the hands of Chris Mould whose work has been especially great as both covers and internals such as in Matt Haig’s children’s books and Martin Howard’s The Cosmic Atlas Of Alfie Fleet.
Under Earth – Ellen Renner (Nosy Crow 1st August)
I really enjoyed Storm Witch, a Fantasy Tale seemingly lost in time with children blessed with gifts from the elements and pirates who have turned to the water after their lands fell into the sea.
Storm is the first weather Witch in generations, only the eldest in the village can remember the last one from when she was a little girl so whilst grieving she has struggled to control and come into her powers. Now she has demonstrated her gifts and must go with the men of the village to the sea to trade, but the Drowned Ones are out for revenge.
The Switching Hour- Damaris Young (Scholastic August 1st)
Aaaaaah this looks so very awesome!! This book tells of a village community that during a terrible drought must be inside and locked doors before twilight or the Badeko will come and eat their dreams and make the village forget them within 3 Days but left with a Sorrow Sickness that consumes them without knowing why. But one night Amaya’s brother is taken by the Badeko and she must journey into the woods to get him back before she forgets him.
Aaaaaah!! With touches of The Village (M Night Shyamalan) and a dab of The twistedness night visitors of The Peculiar Peggs Of Riddling Woods by Samuel J Halpin I cannot wait.
What have you chosen for your summer reading?
Have you read anything here or on my 20 Books of Summer?
Books indicated with an asterix* are those I have been sent for review by publishers or through a scheme on another website.