Chapter 1

Reading for fun during the summer. It's so misunderstood. I mean, we are finally gifted the opportunity to read a book without having to annotate every line, create an original poem in its honor, write three response papers, and be tested on the favorite mid-morning snack of a minor character. We should be rejoicing!!!! But I get it, I get it. Years of being locked in eerily dungeon-like English classrooms whilst listening to lectures on the symbolic meaning behind sentences like: "When she got to the store, she realized she left her grocery list at home" can definitely kick reading off your list of fun, summertime activities. But the thing is, not all books are as painstakingly dry as the ones we read at school.

There is a world of books out there with ridiculous plots and hilarious characters and stories that will actually motivate you to turn the page instead of turning on the TV. In fact, there are so many great books out there that it can sometimes be a little daunting to where to start. For this reason, I have compiled a list of some of my all-time favorite summer reads in addition to a list of the books I plan to read this summer. If you have read any of the books listed below, I'd love to know what you thought of them. Please comment so that together we can have a book nerdfest!!

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My All Time Favorites

Eleanor and Park (by Rainbow Rowell)

An Abundance of Katherines (by John Green)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children 
(by Ransom Riggs)

Everyday (by David Levithan)

The Catcher in the Rye (by J.D. Salinger)

The Book Thief (by Markus Zusak)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Parti-Time Indian
(by Sherman Alexie)

What I Plan to Read this Summer

Where'd You Go, Bernadette (by Maria Semple)

Dorothy Must Die (by Danielle Paige)

The Goldfinch (by Donna Tartt)

The Program (by Suzanne Young)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (by Betty Smith)

The Selection (by Kiera Cass)

The Night Circus (by Erin Morgenstern)


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  2. night circus and catcher in the rye are two of my favorites... awesome summer reads!

  3. The Program was (by far) the best read of my summer so far! :)