Summer Reads

Jane

My picks are going to be representations of a genre or type of book, not necessarily the book itself. One of my favourite parts of the summer is the opportunity to read voraciously, and read voraciously outside. Summer's of my youth were spent devouring as much literature as I could (I remember a specific weekend up north where I tore through three novels in as many days). 

Angels & Demons - Dan Brown (or the biggest seller out)

Read the book that EVERYONE is talking about so you can join in on the conversation.

The Devil Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger (or the biggest chick-lit seller out)

Read the book that will eventually get turned into a movie so you can say that you read it first.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Jon Ronson (or something political or topical)

Read the book that will keep you on topic at the water cooler, or wherever it is that people discuss daily happenings nowadays.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling (or a book you read over and over again)

Read the book that you know will make you happy despite knowing exactly what's going to happen at every page.

The Great Gatsby  - F. Scott Fitzgerald (or a book that actually takes place during the summer)

Read the book that will make you envious of someone else's summer or be grateful of your own tame goings-on. 

Sam

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (and sequels) – Ann Brashares

They take place during the summer, so that was pretty much my reasoning behind this pick. It’s one of my favourite series, and I’ve loved them since I was about 12.

Emmy & Oliver – Robin Benway

I read an ARC of this in January, but since it’s all about surfing and living in California, it’s pretty summery. Robin Benway is one of my favourite authors, so I’d recommend looking up the rest of her books after you breeze through this love story.

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

If you like unreliable narrators, a twisting plot, and can get over a privileged rich white girl protagonist, this is the book for you.

Harry Potter (series) – J.K. Rowling

Every summer, I say I’m going to re-read these books. I don’t always end up following through with that promise, but something about these books scream summer at me (granted, as a Potterhead, I’m always ready to read them, regardless of season).

Bonus: Best Book I’ve Read So Far in Summer 2015: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertali

I’m completely obsessed with this book. It’s a fairly quick read (I think I finished it in a day), mostly because the writing draws you in. It’s quirky and funny, and Simon is one of the most realistic YA characters I’ve ever read. You can see my original review here!