Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer Reading List 2023

Posted June 20, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, cozy mystery, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday / 33 Comments

Happy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is my summer reading list for 2023. When I was a kid, our local public library in Rockford, Illinois, had a stellar summer reading program. Instead of just giving us points/rewards for the number of books read, we had to read a certain amount of different types of books – like, Newbery Award winners, Caldecott winners, biographies, mysteries, plays, poems, etc. I was exposed to so many book genres and authors this way and found that I loved a lot of them. I’ve never forgotten it, in fact, and so I’m modeling my post today after that format. These are all books I’m scheduled to read & review through the end of August, not for any specific challenges, but if you are doing a reading challenge this summer maybe some of these categories will inspire you!

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a book with an amateur sleuth


Collecting Can Be Murder by Jennifer S. Alderson
Murder A La Mode by Lena Gregory
A Sour Note by Jill Piscitello

a book with an ‘official’ investigator


Cold Pursuit by Nancy Mehl
A Beautiful Disguise by Roseanna M. White
Countdown by Lynette Eason

a book set in a different country


Voice of the Ancient by Connilyn Cossette
An American Immigrant by Johanna Rojas Vann
Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke

a book set in the western United states


The Love Script by Toni Shiloh
The Nurse’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter
A Wyoming Summer by Kelly, Sterling, and Moore

a book with a dog

Kidnapped in the Woods by Deena Alexander
Murder is a Piece of Cake by Valerie Burns
Cold Case Revenge by Jessica R. Patch

a book with compelling women


He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox
The Girl from the Papers by Jennifer L. Wright
Show Me Betrayal by Ellen E. Withers

What about you? What books on my summer reading list do you want to read too? Which category are you most interested in? Did you have a library summer reading program as a kid – did it have special categories or just by total books read?

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33 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer Reading List 2023

  1. Debra Pruss

    I would suggest you add The Best Summer of Our Lives by Rachel Hauck as well as This is Where it Endsy by Cindy Sproles. I have been on the ARC teams for both books. They are fabulous.

  2. I loved the summer reading program! I think I was at the library more than anywhere else most summers due to all the events my library would have. I don’t know how many books I would have missed out on if a librarian hadn’t recommended them to me.

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