Everyone wants something to read in the summer. It’s no wonder when you get prizes for reading at the library, stores have incentives for reading, and then there are just people who go on vacation and need something to occupy their time while they are on the plane flying to a white, sandy beach. Ok, that last part might have been my dream for summer. Here is a list of books to get you through any situation you might come across this summer.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
At first glance, the size of the book may be intimidating. Don’t let that worry you. It’s a fast paced and interesting read. The chapters are from different characters perspectives, so you really learn to love or hate people as you read what they are thinking. It all starts when Ned Stark, a wonderful husband and father, is asked by the King to be his right-hand man. Well, things don’t go so well for anyone after that. If you like blood and gore, politics, medieval storylines, magic, dragons, and interesting names, this is the book for you. Trust me, you will be addicted. We also have the TV series on DVD if you prefer.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I know many of you read this when it first came out. It is a very popular book club title, mainly because it has lots of good discussion points and the plot is fun. Set in the South in the 1960s, this book explores what it is to find your place in a world that doesn’t seem to want you. I really enjoyed the way the characters exposed their strengths and weaknesses and really learned from each other. It is not what I would consider a beach read, but it is a great book and has some wonderful laugh out loud moments.
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
If you are looking for a classic to read this summer, I could suggest my favorite, Pride and Prejudice, but I won’t. I’m sure you have already read it and love it just as much as I do. Instead, pick up Cat’s Cradle. You will not be disappointed. It is one of the weirdest, most interesting books I have ever read. I talked about it for months after I read it. A man invents a weapon that will freeze the world. And the world ends. Read it. Seriously.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
John Green is an incredibly popular author with teens. He has a youtube following, he has a movie coming out this summer, and he is a really fun guy. His movie is The Fault In Our Stars. I’m sure it will make millions. However, that book currently has a hold list. An Abundance of Katherines is another great book about a boy who has only ever dated girls named Katherine. He doesn’t do this on purpose, it’s just the way life has worked out. Due to his latest heartbreak, he and his best friend decide to go on a road trip and try to determine a mathematical formula to explain his Katherine phenomenon.
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
Betsy Taylor just died. Betsy Taylor just discovered she is a vampire and she is supposed to get married to a really handsome vampire. Betsy Taylor does not want to get married. I wonder what she will do. This is a great book for fans of funny, paranormal romance, or single girls who have mothers that ask when they will get married and have kids. You know who you are.
Echo: Moon Lake by Terry Moore
If you are in the mood for a graphic novel, try Terry Moore. He took a chance with this series and tried his hand at Science Fiction. A woman happens to be standing outside when a shower of metal falls from the sky and attaches to her skin. Now the government is after her. Where will she go? I really enjoy Terry Moore’s artwork. He shows the world in a way that is realistic and beautiful, without having to exaggerate things in order to make his point. I loved this series and luckily, we have all the books!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Do you like fairy tales? I do! This is the story of Cinderella, but not any Cinderella you would know. She is a cyborg mechanic working in a booth in a market. That is where she meets the prince. He wants his android fixed. It turns out the android has been taken over by the evil Lunar Queen. Can Cinder stop the queen before she has the prince murdered? Will Cinder escape the grips of her evil guardian? Can she save her sister from the plague? It’s a great book and the next in the series are even better!
I hope you find something to read this summer and I hope you enjoy it. If you have reading recommendations you would like to share, please let us know in the comments! – WyLaina