Monday, August 15, 2011

Ultimate-est Summer Reading List!

My lovelies! Surprise!

On my feedback survey, someone suggested I post a summer reading list and an idea sparked in my little brain (as in, I thought it was a great idea). It feels like I've seen a few lists floating around already, plus, if I made a list, it'd be quite Audrey-centric, yes?

And since the blogging world and reading tastes are crazy diverse, I thought it would be a cool idea to ask other bloggers for their ultimate summer read. And then combine all these ultimate summer reads into the Ultimate-est Summer Reading List.

Oh, but a summer read is not necessarily a beach read. These recommended books can be emotional and intense, exciting and dramatic, sweet and fluffy, hilarious and smart... the cream of the crop.

So here it is. Twelve bloggers chipped in with which book or series they would most recommend (as in absolute favourites here!) for summer, and why they chose it-- perhaps it'll convince you to pick the book up :)



The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

No one captures those glorious days of summer when you're young, in love and bound to make a mistake or two. There's that first kiss, those butterflies in the pit of your stomach and the two boys you have known your whole life. It's engrossing and such a lovely read. I'm not much of a summer book reader but The Summer I Turned Pretty completely won me over.

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

Written in verse, this book reads very quickly and it takes place on the beach. But the story is far from simple and the characters will pull you into their story and make you love them. It's full of emotion and this story will steal your heart. I've recommended this one to many, many people looking to try a verse novel for the first time and everyone so far has loved it. So go. Read it. Now.


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

It’s a feel-good contemporary story that has everything I want: summer vacation, swoony romance, character growth, bikes, a baby, beaches, and impromptu hot-dog parties. It manages to blend emotional themes with a bright setting and an unpredictable group of loveable characters to create the perfect summer read.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

If you haven't read it already, now is the time to pick this up. This book is perfect for the summer. Why? Because you can put everything else on hold. Once you start this series, you will not be able to stop. Get ready for an unforgettable journey with Katniss full of action, love triangles, and pretty insane cliffhangers.


Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty

This is one of my guaranteed pick-me-up reads. It's quirky, upbeat, and very funny. Elizabeth Clarry is a heroine you can relate to and root for, as she deals with all the curveballs life throws her way — changing friendships, growing crushes, parents, teachers, and many, many letters. You'll breeze through it in no time and close the book with a smile, wishing it didn't have to end...kind of like summer.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

The title Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour already tells of its own awesomeness: an epic tale of a road trip filled with self-discovery, reconciliation, ex-girlfriends, White Castle burgers, and that crazy feeling we just can’t live without. With emotions as bumpy as the roads they travel, Amy and Roger define what a summer road trip should be in this feel-good novel, and together they prove that sometimes you do find the best things in life – you just need to be willing to take that detour.

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

An amazing stand-alone fantasy novel inspired by the haunting ballad Scarborough Fair, Nancy Werlin grabs the reader's attention with beautiful prose. As Lucy tries to break the curse threatening to turn her mad she leans on her childhood friend Zach which eventually turns into one of the most heartbreaking and chilling romances I've ever read.

Swim The Fly by Don Calame

It'd be easy to write off Swim The Fly as a story about the misadventures a girl-crazy teenage boy and his horny friends, which it is, but it's also so much more(ish). In a thoroughly effortless and enjoyable reading style, Calame personifies the shift from "just your typical 15 year old on a mission to see a naked girl" to "a kid who could actually turn out to become a pretty decent guy" in Matt. The only thing funnier that Matt's musings as he endures the relentless torture of drooling over the girl of his dreams but not actually being able to talk to her, are the situations he finds himself in.  Believe me when I say that dressing in drag and poopy pants are only small nuggets of the hilarity that ensues in Swim The Fly, making it a most excellent choice for a kill yourself laughing summer read.

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley.

Why?  This is the perfect summer read because it is an exceptional coming of age story about friendships, first love (that is definitely swoon worthy), family, music that is set over a gorgeous Aussie summer!  It also has beautiful prose, outstanding characters and a sweet yet realistic plot.


Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams 

Beatle Meets Destiny is an Aussie YA cult classic. It's completely charming with its off-beat feel, whimsical yet sexy romance and huge belly-aching moments. This book is ridiculously good, refreshing, original and completely addictive. To me, it's perfect summer reading: just a whole heap of grinning fun, gorgeous, gorgeous (sexy-smile-swoon) romance, alternating male/female POV and lots of funky little omniscient asides (for something quirky and different). It's a brilliant book to curl up with for ultimate feel-good times. Oh my gosh, I love it so <3

Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

Invincible Summer is the perfect summer read because it combines the typical beach setting and the typical lazy summer feeling with an atypically intense and dramatic story. Where most summer novels have fluff, Invincible Summer has heart-wrenchingly real characters and emotions.


I Want To Go Home by Gordon Korman

Meet Rudy Miller and Mike Webster, two boys determined to get off Camp Algonkian Island and back to civilization, no matter how many camp counsellors they'll have to dump in the lake. Gordon Korman's trademark laugh-out-loud humour fills this summer camp novel with wild antics, imaginative escapades and characters you won't be able to stop guffawing with -- or at. I Want To Go Home is a hilarious and riotous read.


There you have it! The Ultimate-est Summer Reading List chosen by some amazing bloggers. I'd love to thank the ladies who participated and blurbed these books and to you readers: these should be the best of the best!

Lastly, what would be on your ultimate summer reading list? 


  1. Great feature! I've read some of those, but I've added quite a few to my tbr!

  2. What an awesome list!!! I have read 8 out of the 12. I need to add the others to my wish list. Oh and I am so happy to see 3 amazing Aussie books on there. Thanks for including me Audrey :)

  3. Great list! I think the only one I've read of these is The Hunger Games - I better get reading!

  4. I haven't read any of those books. *hangs head in shame* I did get my boyfriend to read The Hunger Games, so that counts for something, right?

  5. Girl you must read The Summer I Turned Pretty. SO AWESOME. Great picks there!

  6. I read A Little Wanting Song on your recommendation. So great! Man, Australian authors are the freaking best.

  7. I absolutely must read Jaclyn Moriarty's books... they've been on my TBR list for far too long.

  8. This post is like ice-cream on a hot summer day! I've only read 4 of these books, so it looks like I have my work cut out for me as I tackle the rest of this list.

    Thanks Audrey.

  9. Thank goodness I read a few of these books! I found out Amy & Roger's Epic Detour to be the perfect summer book this summer while I was reading it while on a road trip haha. I would have totally suggested that too! :) Where was this list when I needed it in the beginning of summer?! Oh well, *saves for next summer*

  10. I've only read two of the summer reads suggested here. I think I would love Amy & Roger's Epic Detour for a summer read. Maybe next summer?

  11. I've only read three of those! I really need to start Amy & Roger - it's been on my tbr for ages! The Hunger Games would definitely be on my list too - thanks for sharing! :)

  12. I love The Day Before and the hunger games
    I even bought the day before with my own money it was really good

  13. I've added a bunch of new books to my to-get list now- great idea!

  14. Great mixture of summer reads! I've read a few of these but there's several that I haven't. The Day Before has been on my radar for a while, will have to get on that!

  15. Nice list. I hadn't heard of some of these. Definitely looking more into them. Thanks!

  16. oh this post turned out so brilliantle.

    i *nearly* chose a little wanting song (!)

    thanks for having me.

    (and i have read 9 of these books :)

  17. +++ for A&R Epic's Detour.

    And I'm agreeing with Nomes, it turned out great! Thanks for including me, Audrey. Little Wanting Song is near the top of my want-list, so I'll definitely try to get that ASAP. D:

    I also hadn't really heard much about Feeling Sorry for Celia and Swim the Fly but I'll look into those since they sound like such fun. :D

  18. You already know how awesome I think this list is! :D LOVE it! These are some great books! I've read quite a few & the others are definitely be added to my list if they weren't already there! :D

    GREAT feature! You should TOTALLY do this for all the seasons! And, maybe sometimes just because :P

  19. Awesome list! There's actually a lot of books on here that I have not yet read. Uh oh!!


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