Tuesday, July 2, 2013

My Summer Reading List 2013

Hey there Writing Junkies!

It's summer, the sun is out (most of the time), it's hot and most people either want to be sitting in front of a fan or enjoying their day outside; Some people are taking marvelous trips, vacations or are going to resorts and theme parks; what better way is there to spend your travel time, driving time, or outside park bench time than to read?

My little sister (she's 16 so not so little) and I compiled a list of books for people to read during the summer. The obvious English major within me has come out for this list and my sister has some pretty good picks as well!

Here's the list in no specific order.

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    • Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

      Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. (Amazon description)

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
    • Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.(amazon description)

  • Anthem by Ayn Rand 
    • "Anthem" is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (the use of the word "I" or "Ego" is punishable by death). ( Amazon description) 

  • The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak
    • Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. (amazon description) 

  • Thirteen Reason Why by by Jay Asher
    • Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers. (goodreads description) 

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality—base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. In his introduction, noted Twain scholar John Seelye considers Twain’s impact on American letters and discusses the balance between humorous escapades and serious concern that is found in much of Twain’s writing. (Goodreads description) 

  • The Children and The Blood by Megan Joel Peterson
    • A forgotten life.
      A secret war.
      Eight years ago, an exploding gas main killed Ashley’s family and left her with a childhood she can’t remember. Eight years later, the forgotten past is behind her and life on her isolated farm is all she knows.
      Until that past comes looking for her.
      Until men with superhuman powers hunt her down in the night, determined to take everything she loves away from her again. (amazon description)

  • The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers 
    •  All that matters for Cadi Forbes is finding the one man who can set her free from the sin that
      plagues her, the sin that has stolen her mother's love from her and made her wish she could flee life and its terrible injustice. But Cadi doesn't know that the "sin eater" is seeking as well. Before their journeys are over, Cadi and the sin eater must face themselves, each other, and the One who will demand everything from them in exchange for the answers they seek. A captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and (google books description)

  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathen Stroud
    • Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion. (amazon description)

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • "Community, Identity, Stability" is the motto of Aldous Huxley's utopian World State. Here
      everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a "Feelie," a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today--let's hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren't yet to come. (amazon description) 

So did you like the books that my sister and I picked? What would you add to this list?
Have fun and READ during these hot months!

The Writing Junkie

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  1. Both The Book Thief and The Bartimaeus Trilogy are wonderful. There is a sort of prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy too which is pretty good.

    1. Hi Dan, thanks for commenting! I never knew that there was a prequel, but now that I do I'll be getting it!