Let’s face it, summer is my worst reading season of them all. The days are longer and I’m getting about 50% less sleep (which is a statement on how early I go to bed in the winter, not as to how late I stay up when it’s warm), and there’s just way more to do. It’s actually light out after dinnertime and being outside is pleasant. BUT that doesn’t meant I don’t still wish I was reading. Mostly when I am working or writing about amazing books (like the following). Bonus, I found out people actually read my recommendations – and take them seriously. Double score.
So for those who are far more summer disciplined than I, consider the following for your next favorite reads:
The Fault In Our Stars
Sure, the movie is blowing up big time, but that’s just because the book blew everyone who read it’s mind And based on what other people are doing with good books now, movie-wise, the film is probably even 10-times better. So if you love YA and trying not to cry, this is definitely the book for you.
Added pro/con: the actors who play brother and sister in Divergent date – and I mean DATE – in this movie. So do with that what you will. (It’s weird, but I’m ok with it.)
Ready Player One
I read this book about a year ago – but then was totally reminded about it when reading this article about a guy whose fiancé broke up with him when he took it a little too seriously. Which means he spent $32,000 to turn his apartment into an arcade. (Let’s all agree she made the right call.)
Anyway, the book outlines 80s video game culture and combines it with modern-day creep-ness from the government to create quite the juxtaposition.
As someone who doesn’t like government or video games, I’m telling you it was a great read.
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
Why bookstores aren’t open 24-hours a day in real life, I’ll never know. But this book actually makes a great case as to why that should never happen. Or maybe they don’t – that’s up for you to decide once you read about the cutest old man/bookstore owner of all time. You can even borrow my copy … once you sign a release form.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children / Hollow City
Currently part of a two-book series (with more on the way), these books combine old creepy pics with an even creepier storyline. Mostly because it contains “peculiar” children and their journey(s) along the way. What does peculiar mean, you ask? Guess you’ll have to find out for yourself, and in the meantime anyone who talks crap on Miss Peregrine will get chomped with my backmouth. Yep, in these books, that’s a thing. Get ready to have your book-loving self schooled.
The downside? They pretty much end in the middle of a storyline, so don’t expect to get all the answers after reading two whole books. Definitely still worth it.