Our summer reading book lists!

Alexandra Wladich  //  Jun 20, 2018

Our summer reading book lists!

It’s officially summer and to celebrate us OOMer’s are sharing the books we plan to read in the summertime sun.   

Personally, I love a good fiction novel, especially a thriller that will keep me on the edge of my beach chair. This summer I’ll be reading The Obsession by Nora Roberts.

Brittany: I am slowly working my way through every Jack Reacher book (by Lee Child) this summer! I love the suspense and action—it’s the perfect summer read in my opinion. Seven down, 16 to go!

Gina: I love reading celebrity autobiographies in the summer, so, inspired by the Top Chef rewatch I’m in the middle of, I’ll be adding Padma Lakshmi’s memoir, Love, Loss and What We Ate to my reading list.

Emily: I read children’s books all year long (and love it!), but summer is my time to get caught up on my “adult” reading list! Some of the books in my TBR pile for this summer include: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Lena: I definitely planned on getting my hands on 1922 by Stephen King, ever since I saw the Netflix movie adaptation and loved it. I’ve also been meaning to get through this list. Clearly I have a keen interest in a particular mystery/horror genre, which I blame entirely on my Goosebumps obsession!

Jake: I just started a The Secret History by Donna Tartt (per Emily and Julia’s recommendation) this weekend! The next books on my list are Refugee by Alan Gratz, Daughter of Persia by Sattareh Farmaian, and Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington.

It should come as no surprise that our Scholastic Librarian, Deimosa, plans to a number of books this summer, including:  

  • Ginger Kid: Mostly True Tales of a Former Nerd (by Steve Hofstetter): I went to high school with Steve, contemporaneously, so I bought his memoir as soon as it came out.
  • Kid Alone (by Simon Mason): The first Garvie Smith mystery, Running Girl, is one of my recent favorite reads; I'm excited to spend more time with the main POV character, who is a Bajan-British teen detective.
  • Wabanaki Blues (by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel) - this one has been on my shelf for a while and Zobel just released a new book (Snowy Strangeways); so now Wabanaki Blues is at the top of my summer stack because when I finish it I can get Snowy Strangeways.
  • The Surface Breaks (by Louise O'Neill) - Fractured fairy tales are a BIG genre for me, so I am beyond  antsy to read Louise O'Neill's feminist reimagining of The Little Mermaid; I can't wait to booktalk this book!

Still looking for ways to encourage your kids to read this summer? Check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and the best books to encourage summer reading, as recommended by Deimosa. And remember, kids will be what they see—so let your kids catch you reading this summer!

Happy summer and happy reading to all!

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