Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer Reading

I'm not so great at giving friends reading suggestions. Mostly because I'm picky myself and am afraid of giving a recommendation then having that friend hate the book. But since people are asking, I thought I'd post a little list of some books to keep you, your kids--or anyone really--occupied for the summer. Bear in mind this list is highly incomplete and devoid of any real order. Even the genre headings are loosely given. Also bear in mind that I only like CLEAN books. Not as in no-splatters-on-the-cover clean, but as in I'm-not-a-fan-of-gratuitously-foul-language-or-sex clean. My preference only.


~ Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park (Can one kid be entirely unique and yet sooo like every Kinder and First Grader I know?! It's great that the endings are usually unexpected too.)

~ Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo (I love to laugh. And I love just about anything Kate Dicamillo writes.)

On my To Be Read (TBR) pile this summer:

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

Goonie Bird Greene series by Lois Lowry


~ Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull (Great for kids that are looking for a "like Harry Potter but not.")

~ The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Told partly in pictures and partly in novel, it has a beautiful historical setting.)

~ The Tale of Desperaux by Kate Dicamillo (Did I already mention that I loved her books? And yes, they just made a movie out of this one, but read the book still. It's worth it!)

~ The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins (Good for boys and girls, this one is an adventure story about a boy falling down the rabbit hole... or rather the NY sewer system.)

~ Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale (I love Shannon Hale's books, but this one is her first graphic novel and is a good Wild West/Fairy Tale/Adventure/Gorgeously Illustrated book! Did I miss anything in the description?)

~ Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde (I've heard many of her books are wonderful, but this is the only one I've read. It's about a naughty boy who is turned into a goose and can't become a boy until--you guessed it--he can accomplish 3 good deeds.)

~ The Willowbys by Lois Lowry (This book is very different from other Lowry books I've read, and I loved it--a bit of a parody about all those books out there with orphans. It's very funny, in a satirical and twisted way... so basically right up my alley.)

I've others, but these are recent favorites. In my own TBR pile:

Alcatraz and the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson

The 13th Reality series by James Dashner

YOUNG ADULT (Ages 13-18):

~ Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

~ Eugenides series by Megan Whalen Turner (The first two of the three are my favorites, but I'll let you know in 2010 if that still stands because the 4th book is coming out.)

~ Book of 1,000 Days by Shannon Hale (Also check out her Books of Bayern series. Really anything by her is too good to pass up for me.)

~ The Golden Dreams of Carlo Chuchio by Lloyd Alexander (I love many of his books, but the sense of humor in this one is by far my favorite. I just love the voice in this one!)

~ My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison (A recent read and a fast, fun lark of a book.)

~ Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (I dare you to try and put this book down once you pick it up. Its simplistic language, engaging story, and non-stop action make you want to inhale it. Unlike my other picks, it's not funny nor for the faint of heart. And don't be sad when you finish it--the sequel's due to come out in September.)

~ Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Another one written with simplistic language, beautiful settings and fun characters. I had a hard time putting it down there at the end! Also, check out her Dragon Slippers series--they get better and better the more she writes. Also Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, a folk retelling set in Scandinavia.)

~ Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (Okay, I admit I've only read the first, but I really want to find the time to read the rest. They are just too fun!)

~ The Gatekeepers series by Anthony Horowitz (So far there are 4 books to this series and I'm on the 4th one. I didn't really like the Alex Rider series Horowitz wrote, but I got into these. The action is exciting and I love how he incorporates real world mysteries, such as the Nazca Lines.)

I'm sorry these are mostly series books, but lately I just keep picking up the next book for a lot of these. Here is my (long!) list of YA TBRs:

Artemis Fowl #6: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

The Unameables by Ellen Booream

The Gatekeepers #4 (Also called The Power of Five series): Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz

Inheritance #3: Brisingr by Christpher Paolini

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

I know I left a lot out. So go ahead and post your additions to the list in the comments! I'm always looking for another good read and love suggestions. HAPPY SUMMER READING!


  1. Hopefully you wont be as dissapointed in The Time Paradox (6th Artemis Fowl book) as I was. It was just not up to par! So, if I may add some more science fiction/fantasy... read Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and I also enjoyed The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer. I just finished The Summoning and Awakening by Kelly Armstrong, they were a bit juvenile sci/fi but intriguing and hard to put down (or in my case turn off, as I listened to them on audiobook). The others on my 'recently read' list probably wont interest you, but I enjoyed the Luxe series by Anna Godberson and am currently reading the Uglies at Signe's suggestion. :P I'll let you know if they are worthwhile!

  2. I've started AF #6 over and over again and haven't finished it because I can't get into it. I forgot to put Luxe on my TBR list here, but I did buy it the other day and it's sitting on the shelf just waiting for me. I loved how it began--with the funeral--and I'm frightened I'll get nothing done if I get into ANOTHER series. Oh well, so far it seems worth it. I know a lot of people love the Uglies series, but I hear the first one is the best.

    Come get on goodreads.com with me already!

  3. Thanks for the suggestions. We'll have to look for them at the library. The boys have always liked to read, but Ashlynn has just recently become a "reader."
    My sister says the Sister's Grimm series (probably mid-graders) and the Kingdom Keepers series (mid-grade to young adult) is good. Ashlynn has read the Sister's Grimm books and enjoyed them, but none of us has picked up the Kingdom Keepers books yet.

  4. Doh! I forgot my favorite Eoin Colfer book: The Airman. I've been meaning to pick up The Naturalist. I'll have to do that.

    I haven't read the Kingdom Keepers. I thought about reading #1 when it first came out, but the Peter and the Starcatchers (Pearson team wrote with Dave Berry)started not holding my interest, so I didn't grab the KKs either. I did like the 1st Peter book, just haven't been able to get through the sequels or prequel-sequels as it were. They do get increasingly darker, though, so I don't know what age they'd be appropriate.

    Would Ashlynn like the Princess Academy, another Shannon Hale? It's really not about Princesses....