I always want to know what books my favorite authors are reading and recommending, so we asked John Green, Cassandra Clare, and Markus Zusak to tell us what four books they recommend this summer. Check out their great lists below (and why they chose the books they did) and look for summer reading picks from Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, and James Dashner in the coming weeks.
- The End Games by T. Michael Martin:
I feel like calling The End Games
a zombie apocalypse novel will deter many of the readers who will love
it most. It's brilliant, fun, and blisteringly intelligent fiction that
happens to feature a zombie apocalypse. I can't recommend this one
- The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen:
Dessen's newest book is maybe my favorite of hers, and that's really
saying something. The Moon and More is a true coming of age story with a
hint of romance. There is something in here for everyone.
- Every Day by David Levithan:
This book has a brilliant premise: The narrator wakes up every day
inside the body of a different teenager. But it's the rare high-concept
novel that proves better than its premise.
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell:
Simply put, the best love story I've read all year. I can't shut up about it, or stop thinking about it, even months later.
Cassandra Clare: The City of Bones movie opens August 21st and looks amazing...(you can watch the trailer here) Summer is for vacation, and what better, cheaper way to vacation than
with your own imagination? Four books that take you on adventures in
distinctly different places.
- Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan:
Glass has always had an imaginary friend, a boy she talked to in her
head. But what happens when he turns out to be real, and not just real
but one of the mysterious Lynburns family who may or may not be dark
magicians, is a sparkling, clever modern update on the gothic horror,
lashed through with rip-your-heart-out romance.
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardug
story set in a magical Russia-that-never-was called Ravka, a country
divided by the Shadow Fold, a dark rent in the world caused by the magic
of an overly powerful Grisha, or magic user. Alina Starkov is a Sun
Summoner, one of the few of the Grishas who can call forth light and
potentially destroy the Shadow Fold, but can she harness her power?
Lushly written, with sympathetic and complex characters, this is what
you'd get if you managed to cross Harry Potter and Anna Karenina.
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga:
The Early Years. Jazz is the son of one of the nation's most brutal
serial killers. He lives in a tiny town where everyone knows who he is,
and knows his past. His only parental figure is the police officer who
took down his father so many years ago. When the killings start up
again, Jazz is determined to stop them, to redeem his past, so that he
doesn't repeat his father's. A gritty, bloody, noir murder mystery with a
protagonist so charming he's deadly.
- Legend by Marie Lu:
My favorite of the current crop of dystopic fiction for teens, Legend
takes place in the Republic, a fascist regime that has replaced the
western United States. June is a privileged girl being groomed for
success among the elite; Day is a wanted criminal. Two people who have
no reason to meet "” until their stories entwine when Day is suspected of
murdering June's brother. But all is not as it seems in the shadowy
future, and June and Day find themselves fighting for the most precious
commodity of all, the truth, in a heart-pounding chase to the finish
line. You'll be turning pages fast enough to not need a fan to get you
through the hot days!
Markus Zusak: More movie news--*finally* The Book
Thiefmovie is coming in January 2014! Here are the books Markus wants to read this summer...
- Far Far Away by Tom McNeal:
Who wouldn't want to follow a guy like Jeremy Johnson Johnson, his
ghost, and the amber-haired Ginger Boultinghouse through a summer in a
place called Never Better?
- The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt:
The great thing about all Dana Reinhardt novels is that you start to
feel like you'll wake up the next day and find the characters in your
kitchen. That's how well you get to know them.
- The Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher:
The title itself is worth reading this one for, but I remember this
book having a big effect on me, as the first book I read from the
outstanding Chris Crutcher catalogue.
- Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton:
I know other S.E Hinton books are more popular, but Rumble Fish
is always the one I come back to. Rusty James. The Motorcycle Boy. The
Siamese fighting fish. It's one of my favourite books. It's stood the
test of time.