Saturday, June 2, 2012

Saturday Recs: Beachy Summer Reads

So school is out (or about to be out depending on how wacky your school system is) and everyone is off the pool/beach/family vacations. Here are my recs for best summer breezy-type reads to enjoy on vacation:

The Gilda Joyce series by Jennifer Allison-Middle Grade paranormalish series with a fun heroine who goes to fun places like San Fransico in search of ghosts.
Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini-Takes place in Nantucket area and is a easy fun read with many twists to keep you turning the pages.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi-Middle Grade adventure with a girl who becomes a sailor on the high seas.
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie-You know you want to spend your summer on Neverland. Sans evil pirates.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle-Just because, unicorns.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake-Me, summer comes I want good old spooky stories. This book definitely fits the bill.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares-Perfect books set during summer.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray-A hilarious riff on all feminist issues. Be warned you may get strange looks for LOLing too loud.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgins Burnett-Because everyone should read this.
Anything by Meg Cabot-Her books are perfect pool books and are always a good time.
Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger-Like Cabot, these books are great fun and perfect for pool time.
Heist Society by Ally Carter-Adventures to some of the greatest cities in the world such as Paris.
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore-A girl goes on vacation to her families farm and gets caught up in the family business: the paranormal.
Croak by Gina Damico-Another one where a girl gets sent to her uncles and learns about how to be a reaper.
The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich-Nearly all of her books are great pool books, but the Plum series is just pure fun and great for poolside reading.
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke-Cute drama about child thieves who live in Venice.
Coroline/The Graveyard Book/Stardust etc. by Neil Gaiman-Great reading for those like me who like their summer books with a side of spooky.
The Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margeret Stohl-Because Gaitlin is a place I want to go and spend my summers.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman-Perfect for long road trips and always fun.
Clarity series by Kim Harrington-The first book especially, because it takes place in a tourist town and is a great summertime paranormal mystery.
The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris-There's a reason True Blood always premieres in the summer and why there's always a new Sookie book in May: it's perfect summer reading.
Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe-Fun contemporary mystery where the MC gets involved in a mystery while on vacation.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson-Stuck at home like me? Live vicariously through the MC who goes on a European adventure following her Aunt's advice.
The Millaneum Trilogy by Stieg Larsson-Another trilogy perfect for long road trips. Complex mystery solving with the lovely backdrop of Europe and all it's (non) glory. You will understand why I say non glory after you read it.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee-The ultimate summer coming-of-age story.
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning-Great UF read set in Dublin.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephani Perkins-It's set in Paris, need I say more?
Killer Unicorns books by Diana Peterfreund-About girls who go to Rome to learn to kill Unicorns: who are evil. If that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will.
Die For Me by Amy Plum-Again, it's set in Paris. Nuff said.
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan-Because Percy and friends go to the coolest camp ever.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling-Because there's never a wrong time to read HP.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott-Fabulous adventure series that goes from America to Europe to Avalon and back.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor-Great creative fantasy taking place in Europe.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain-See how kids back in the day escaped boredom. Be thankful we have video games now.

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