Summer is Here…Dust off your Books!

I read all year long and enjoy a book by the fireplace in the winter, but summer down-time often allows me to play catch up. Does anyone else have a stack of books waiting to be read? If you’re like me, you always have more books to read than you have time. Rather than keeping a list of books, I prefer to actually have the physical books, even if they collect dust for a while. It makes me happy to see them there, near my bedside or in my office, so I can occasionally pick one up and read the jacket copy or even steal a glance at a few pages. With the approach of the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, I feel a renewed hope that I’ll be able to get through my pile, preferably with my toes in the sand.

A small sample of the YA books on my summer reading list this year:

  • 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith: Finn feels like one of the characters in his father’s best selling books. An eye-opening road trip with a friend helps him escape and determine his own destiny.
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld: I love the idea of two novels in one. In the first half, 18 year old Darcy has just sold her first novel. The second part is that novel – a paranormal romance.
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: Set in London in 1909, a teen named Victoria dreams of becoming an artist, but there are sacrifices to pay for such a dream.
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton: Ava Lavender, a girl born with wings, is destined to be unlucky in love if she follows in the footsteps of generations of women in her family.
  • Wildlife by Fiona Wood: A group of teens spend a life-changing semester in the wilderness.

Anything I should add? Please let me know in the comments.

Happy beach reading everyone!

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