Remember back in the day when you had a summer reading list for school? I feel like I never really liked the books we had to read, but I was also a teenager and didn’t really like most things I was told to do. I do feel like the best way to get into reading is to create a list. I have a huge list on GoodReads of books I want to read. It keeps me motivated to read, plus I don’t have to actually remember all the books I think seem interesting. For you all, I thought I’d create a little mini reading list with some suggestions for different books you may like for your summer reading!
The Obvious One
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
You’ve probably read The Fault in Our Stars already, but if you haven’t you really should. I’m not saying it the best book in the world or anything, but it’s such a quick and easy read, you’d be crazy not too. I’ve loved all the John Green novels I’ve read, even if they are for teenagers. They are easy, heartfelt, relatable and overall well written. You can probably find a copy for less than $5 at a used book store…so just read it.
The Scary One
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A few summers ago I read In Cold Blood and my life has literally not been the same since. I fell completely in love with the story and the characters, to a point I had to put the book down because I was so overwhelmed. The (true) story of a family that is murdered, and the criminals that did it. It’s a spooky one, but it’ll be so worth it. My dad said there is a tv show based on the story in the works, which would be SO good! Also Truman Capote is just such a wonderful writer…wish he had written more.
The Educational One
Look Great, Live Green by Deborah Burnes
I did a little mini series on the blog when I was reading Look Great, Live Green a few years ago. I first heard about this book through YouTuber Kendra, and thought it would be a great way to start learning about natural beauty and make up. I’m so happy I read it, as it has changed my whole outlook on what I put onto my body! The summer is a great time to take time for yourself and get some educational reading done. With this book you’ll get easy to understand information on chemicals and hazardous ingredients found in your everyday products and healthy alternative to try.
The One You Should Have Read Already
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’ve read The Perks of Being a Wallflower probably ten times. Most of those times were in high school, but I’ve read it every couple of years since. This book is so popular, you should have read it already, but it is a little weird so I guess I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t. Written from the perspective of a male freshman in high school, this story involves everything I love in a book. Drugs, mental issues, secrets, music. Man I was so obsessed with this book in high school which is super weird.
The Quick One
Not That Kind of Girl
Sometimes you’re by the pool and all you want is something quick you can read over a weekend. Not That Kind of Girl is such a fun book to read, and you can easily get through it in a few days. I learned so much about the author, Lena Dunham, through this book, that I have a new respect for her. She’s had some weird stuff happen to her in life but she always makes it sound so entertaining and funny. Also, very instagram worthy cover art!
The Local One
Philadelphia Noir by various authors
I grew up in New Jersey and currently live in Philadelphia so I’ve actually read New Jersey Noir and Philadelphia Noir. These books are so fun. Short scary stories on different neighborhoods written by locals. All the stories are spooky, but feel like they could almost be true. It’s a fun way to get to know a new city you’ve moved to, a place you’re visiting, or place you’ve called home for years. They’ve got nearly every major city around the world covered, so where ever you’re from you can pick up one of these fun books.
Making this list made me think of so many more books I would recommend, but these are a great place to start! Let me know if you’ve read any of them, or plan to this summer!