Summer Reading

Summer Reading

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Summer is possibly one of the best times for bookworms. Nothing quite compares to lounging poolside with your favourite copy of Fangirl, or getting into your shorts and hitting the park with that new fantasy you've been meaning to get into. With more free time than usual, this is the book worm's prime opportunity to get some serious reading done.

If you're in need of some prompting though and need some suggestions as to what to pick first from this summer's new releases, we may have a few pointers for you - depending on what sort of summer reading you'll be up to.

1. The Far-Flying Book Worm

If you have booked yourself a flight, or boat, or any other means of far-off travel, then consider yourself the Far-Flying Book Worm.

First things first, if you have a Kindle or eBook, stock up on YA reads like a squirrel furiously storing nuts for winter, and if not, well, make the most of the space in your suitcase. Throw out shoes, roll up all of your clothes - anything to get that last paper back in. You never know when you'll need it.

Secondly, it's important to consider what kinds of books you want to take with you. If you're hitting up Paris for a week, for example, it would be a crime not to read Ana and the French Kiss while you nibbling your croissants and search for the Eiffel Tower.

The Netherlands? Make sure to pack your Fault In Our Stars. Prague? Daughter of Smoke And Bone. In fact, give Suzanne Nelson's Students Across The Seven Seas series a look too - from Munich to Ireland, Tokyo to Finland, this series has you set for wherever you're headed.  

2. The Way-Too-Busy Book Worm

For some of us, namely you, there's just not enough time in a summer. Between weeks away, hanging out with your friends, and your summer job, it can be a little difficult to find time for your reading list. What you need is a selection of short, sweet YA reads to squeeze into your busy schedule.

  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (194 pages)
  • Fire Colour One, by Jenny Valentine (256 pages)
  • If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (201 pages)
  • Rat Queens, Vol 1, Kurtis J. Wiebe (128 pages, graphic novel)
  • Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli (200 pages)

If that doesn't suit you, check out some short stories books - that way you have lots of short reads in a single book. Holly Black is great for these, with titles such as Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd and Zombies vs. Unicorns, and Between The Lines, by Jo Knowles, is a great read and released just this year.

3. The Summer-Intolerant Book Worm

It's not that you hate summer, but you really do wish it wasn't June already. You're more into the spiced-pumpkin latte, over-sized sweaters, reading by the fire aesthetic - or just the not-sweating-all-the-time look.

If you just want to forget that it's heating up outside, stay cool with these completely un-summery reads.

  • Silver In The Blood¸ by Jessica Day George (released July 7)
  • Ghosts of Shanghai, by Julian Sedgwick (released July 2)
  • The Stars Never Rise, by Rachel Vincent (released June 18)
  • The Awakening, by A.M. Grubbs (released July 1)
  • Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige

4. The Little-Miss-Sunshine Book Worm

You like it hot, and have every intention of doing all your reading in a pair of shorts and sunglasses (if the pesky British weather holds up). You don't need a book about October nights or Christmas snow showers or anything else going on at any other time of year. What you need is a beach-bumming, sun-shining, road-tripping read to fit your totally summery mood. And we have just what you're looking for.

  • Talon, by Julie Kagawa
  • Second Chance Summer, by Morgan Matson
  • Sweet, by Emmy Laybourne (released June 2)
  • Fathomless, by Jackson Pearce
  • An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
  • Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, by Ann Brashares

If in doubt, look up books being released around May and June - they usually match up with the changing seasons - and if that fails, search for books about summer activities instead: surfing, the beach, road trips.

5. The Summer-Lovin' Book Worm

There is no better time of year to start up a romance than summer - sunsets, ice-cream, beach walks, stargazing, long lazy days together. And if you can't have a real one, you want to at least read about one. Whether it's for inspiration or a dreamy escape, check out these awesome YA novels about summer romances and get swooning.

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Hann
  • Peaches, by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Delirium, by Lauren Oliver
  • Under The Lights, by Dahlia Adler (released June 30)
  • The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, by Satah Ockler (released June 2)
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

If you need any further suggestions, check out Morgan Matson, Emery Lord, Jennifer Echols, and Melissa Walker's Love Struck Summer.

Happy reading. 

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