Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 16th, 2019 is: Rainy Day Reads. Since it is peak summer here, I decided to share my summer recommendations for 2019 instead.
1. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This has a bright orange cover with an iced coffee on it, so it’s the perfect summertime #OwnVoices desi rom-com read.
2. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
This is a fantasy standalone with a desert setting, slow-burn romance and a gorgeous red on the cover.
3. Internment by Samira Ahmed
This near-future dystopian narrative filled with the just anger of the #OwnVoices Muslim author over the rampant Islamophobia of our times.
4. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
This is another fantasy with a desert setting and a fiery cover, but this one is the first in a promising adult fantasy series.
5. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale
A recent read and not only does it have a very apt cover, but also features sandcastles, food, art and all the summery goodness!
6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
Summer means travel and exotic destinations, so what better way to do that than follow a bunch of teenagers in the 1800s across Europe on their grand tour?
7. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
This is a light, breezy and deliciously addictive series about a young, dashing and rich Singaporean heir with a middle-class girlfriend and the chaos that ensues when he brings her home.
8. The Martian by Andy Weir
Set on the red planet, this bleak but humourous sci-fi is an account of the survival of one astronaut against all odds.
9. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This is a young adult contemporary romance series with an equally sweet adaptation to watch after having devoured the trilogy.
10. American Panda by Gloria Chao
One of my 2018 favourites, this is about a Taiwanese-American girl juggling her parents’ expectations and her own dreams which I found very relatable and would definitely love to re-read at this time!