Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summer and I have a love/hate relationship. I love summer, but in return it loves to bake me and turn me into a lobster while giving me the constant feeling of sweat running down my ass-crack. I feel that summer is a time for nice, light contemporary books read while outside under a tree or relaxing on a beach. Even just laying on the bed while holding it above your face, listening to your favorite song. Sometimes, though, I want a contemporary that’s more than fluff—just because it’s summer doesn’t mean I have to let my brain relax completely. Around this time I’ll break out books that I know will tug on my heart strings and make me feel something. So for you, my dear readers, I’ve compiled a list of my top twelve summer reads. (Don’t worry, I threw some fluff in there.) The first eight books are ones that I’ve already read and enjoyed, and the next four books are on my to-read shelf but I wanted to include them anyways because I’ve heard good things about them.
My Favorite Books for Summer:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell — Now that they’re going to college, Cath’s twin sister Wren has told her she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with an always-around boyfriend, a professor who hates fan fiction, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And a dad, who’s never really been alone until now. Can Cath do this all on her own?
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley — In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a birdwatcher finds what he thinks to be an extinct woodpecker and Gabriel, Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, suddenly and inexplicably disappears. The answer strangely lies on the other side of the world with a young missionary in Africa who has lost his faith and is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it.
Paper Towns by John Green — After Quentin Jacobsen and Margo Roth Spiegelman pull a crazy all-nighter together, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks — Budo is Max’s imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they’re gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends–four years–because Max needs him more. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen–and then he’ll need Budo more than ever…
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky — Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever–there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith —Having missed her flight, Hadley Sullivan is stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row. After a night on the plane, Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler — Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
Deadline by Chris Crutcher — Ben Wolf has big things planned for his senior year when he gets some very bad news. First, Ben makes sure that no one else knows what is going on. Next, he decides to become the best 127-pound football player Trout High has ever seen; to give his close-minded civics teacher a daily migraine; and to help the local drunk clean up his act. And then there’s amazingly perfect, fascinating Dallas Suzuki, who may or may not give Ben the time of day. But soon he finds out he isn’t the only one with secrets.
TBR Books for Summer:
Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando — When East Coast native Elizabeth and San Franciscan Lauren receive their freshman-year roommate assignment, they spark a series of e-mails that alter the landscape of each girl’s summer–and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple — Bee’s mother Bernadette disappeared after Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. Bee searches frantically through emails, official documents, and secret correspondence to try and find her mother, but does Bernadette even want to be found?
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski — After Rosie sets her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire, she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation. To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with their neighbor Matty and his two friends. Rosie just wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex, but with each passing mile the distance just might ignited a romance with someone new…
45 Pounds by K.A. Barson — Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life: She is 16. And a size 17. Her perfect mother is a size 6. Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid. So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months. Although through diets and dance lessons Ann may just realize it’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up.
What books have you read or are on your to-read shelf this summer?