Today is the last day of school for my daughters and we look forward to reading lots of books in the months ahead just because we want to, not because we have to. Textbooks are put aside until September and the summer reading program at the library is signed up for.
We’ll be on vacation for a few weeks, so I won’t be posting to the blog again until mid-July. In the meantime, here are a few of the books on our reading list this summer.
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale—School Library Journal gives this book a starred review, and says “this is not a fluffy, predictable fairy tale…Instead, Hale weave an intricate, multilayered story about families, relationships, education, and the place we call home.” Both of my daughters have loved two of Shannon Hale’s other books, The Goose Girl and Enna Burning. They can’t wait to dig into this one.
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull—This first novel from an author who has also worked as a comedian promises mystery and adventure in a mystical world.
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan—Another starred review from School Library Journal, which describes it as “an adventure quest with a hip edge.” It should be appealing to any kid or adult who has studied Greek mythology, as it’s full of humorous allusions to the ancient myths.
The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan—This follow-up to The Lightning Thief has been described as a sequel that is even more compelling than the novel it follows. It’s also supposed to be very funny, which is quite appealing to my 13-year-old daughter.
Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld—A story about a society that requires mandatory surgery at the age of 16 to turn everyone from ugly to stunningly attractive. This one promises many thoughtful discussions about how far people are willing to go to look good.
Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones—If you’ve seen the movie you know that this quirky story of Sophie and the wizard Howl is warm-hearted, adventurous and full of magic.
The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman—I loved Lyra’s magical world when I read this to my older daughter a few years back. This summer I plan to read it to my younger daughter so it will be fresh in our minds when the movie comes out in December.
This is a start to our summer reading list. Send in your favorites for summer vacation.