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 :)
Aly @ FANTASY4EVA
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.
Ashley @ BOOKS FROM BLEH TO BASICALLY AMAZING
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.
Audrey @ HOLES IN MY BRAIN
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.
Cialina @ MUGGLE-BORN.NET
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.
Danya @ A TAPESTRY OF WORDS
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.
Jenn @ BOOKS AT MIDNIGHT
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The title Amy &amp; 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.
Laura @ THE ZEALOUS READER
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.
Nic @ IRRESISTIBLE READS
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley.
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 &amp;lt;3
Skye @ IN THE GOOD BOOKS
Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz
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?