Every summer I make a summer reading list and dream of reading in the afternoon sunshine until I lapse into a nap and wake up around dinner time. However, like with most things, I tend to over do it and put 30+ books on my list. I always encourage kids to have a long to-read list but, at the same time, it's not always very realistic if there's an end date. So, this year I'm encouraging my students to do this: Write a list of every book you would love to read this summer and pick your top 5 books you want to read. Here's my list ( which I'm sure will get scribbles and additions soon! ).
Here's an up close on my top 5 and why I picked them.
Number 1: Everything, Everything is about a girl who is trapped in her room because she is allergic to the rest of the world. Her world is pretty boring until a boy named Olly moves in next door and then things get pretty interesting. Not only is the cover beautiful but the tag line, "The greatest risk is not taking one," is, well, everything. This book has also been compared to Eleanor and Park and If I Stay so I'm excited to read it!
Number 2: The Heir
I read The Selection series a while ago and flew through it. Sure, it's basically The Bachelor in young adult book form but if this guilty pleasure is wrong, I don't want to be right. The series was such a fun, light, escapist read and therefore makes this next book the perfect summer read.
Number 3: Every Last Word
Every Last Word is about a girl named Sam who is just trying to make it through high school like everybody else, except one thing is really getting in the way: her OCD. After loving All the Bright Places, as well as other books in which characters struggle with something, especially mental illness, I am really intrigued by this. I honestly don't know that much about OCD and am hoping this will open my eyes.
Number 4: The Crossover
This book has been very popular this year with my students so I definitely need to read it. It's unique in that it's told in verse and this plus the sports element draws a lot of students to it and will make it a great change of pace book for me. I'm hoping for a similar experience like I had with Boy 21 where I don't necessarily like basketball but I love the story.
Number 5: American Born Chinese
This book was recommended to me by a classmates a few months ago and I just haven't gotten to read it yet. It is a continuing goal of mine to read more graphic novels since I've read a sum total of two, ever. Graphic novels entice a lot of hesitant readers and are a different type of reading for me so I want to make sure to read more of them -- adding this one to my summer reading list will help me accomplish this goal.
Of course, I'm longing to read many more than this. I'm hoping to continue to do many book reviews here and maybe even some video book reviews! Any books you're dying to read this summer? What are your top 5?
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green