It really feels like summer these days--the sun is out, the ice cream man made his maiden voyage down my street, and, thanks to the summer reading recommendations below, my stack of books by the porch swing grows ever higher... As promised, here are the books that more of my (and hopefully your) favorite YA authors--Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, and James Dashner--suggest you add to your must-read stack for the lovely long days of summer. You can see all of the YA author summer reading recommendations here.
Her Delirium trilogy wrapped up earlier this year, but we won't have to wait too long for more: a new YA novel, Panic, comes out in March 2014.
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
When I was in high school, I was obsessed with a little, unknown series that dropped a book every summer...known as Harry Potter,
by J.K. Rowling. Since then, I've associated poolside reading with
awesome fantasy epics, preferably ones featuring magicians. This series
is intricate, complex, and completely captivating.
What did I say about fantasy epics and summertime? This book stunned me,
both because of the expertness of its prose and its absolute insane imaginativeness. Stolen teeth, resurrection, and an ancient war between
angels and demons? Yes, please
- Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
- Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green
A quietly extraordinary book, the pages are filled with the kind of subdued longing that summertime is all about.
This is a scary book about an idyllic beachside town and a lot of deep,
dark secrets. . .plus one game of Truth or Dare gone terribly awry. Take
advantage of a relaxed summertime schedule to stay up late and finish
it in one go
Can you believe it's been 10 years since Eragon was published!?
- The Empire Trilogy(this is the link to the first book) by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts
- Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter HÃ¸eg
- The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin:
An allegory with magic and talking animals, The Book of the Dun Cow reads like a story handed down from some ancient age. Very few books
manage to capture the strangeness and the emotions of our dreams, but
for me, this one did. It's bright and brilliant and has some of the most
epic fights in literature.
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson:
My favorite epic fantasy series at the moment. Big doesn't even begin to
describe it. And yet the writing is clean, clear, and always to the
point. Sanderson has created an imaginary world that's worked out so
well, it feels almost like science fiction. It's filled with interesting
characters too. Awesome stuff. Make sure to pick up the hardcover as
it's illustrated, a rarity for a book this size.
A great, fun fantasy epic with a female main character. One of the best
pieces of work from either Feist or Wurts, and one of my personal
favorites. The story tracks a young woman, Mara, as she rises from a
convent novitiate to ruler of the entire land. Highly recommended.
I love this book because it perfectly captures what it feels like to be
an outsider in society. Smilla pays a price for walking the path less
traveled, but she also gains much from it as well. Plus, the story is
eerie and evocative and altogether ... different. It's not what it first
appears to be. A++
- The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness (link is for Book 1):
- Case File 13 by J. Scott Savage (series):
- NOS4A2: A Novel by Joe Hill:
- Dune by Frank Herbert:
I read this series faster than anything I've read in a long time. Full of suspense and twists, and just plain clever.
This appealed to the side of me that will always love the quirky,
whimsical wonders of middle grade. Hilarious and scary at the same time.
For those who like the darker side of things. I loved every page of this book.
I'll never forget the summer I read this book as a teenager. There's
just something fascinating and disturbing about this timeless science