“What time is it? Summer Time, it’s our vacation! What time is it? Time of our lives! School’s out, scream and shout!” With summer comes freedom, fun, and sadly… boredom. Constant questions race through my head this way and that. What to do? Who to see?  However, unlike most of my past summers, this year I’m doing something different: a summer reading list. I’m so excited that this year I actually have plans to fill my empty voids where boredom usually appears. To start my summer reading list I have come up with ten books in a list, in no particular order, that I feel will prevent that boredom from creeping in and will be just fun to read.

  • The Only Thing to Fear, by Caroline Tung Richmond- One of my best friends recommended this novel to me and I am excited to dive into this action-packed thriller. I do not know a lot about the novel, but I do the know the main concept:  What would have happened if Hitler had won WWII; that alone has grasped my attention.
  • Fairest, by Marissa Meyer- I have already read the other three novels in the series called the Lunar
    Chronicles and I am eager to jump head-first into this futuristic novel with little tastes of science fiction.
  • The Book Thief, by Mark Zusak- I have once read The Book Thief, but that was before I acquired the proper reading skills it takes to read a novel such as that. I feel that if I were to reread the novel, I will get much more out of it and truly understand the beauty of each characters’ relationships with each other, and I will also be experiencing the novel through a different perspective.
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect: The Paris Mysteries, by James Patterson- Patterson is a brilliant mystery writer who mainly writes for adults, but as soon as I found out that he wrote a series for children I quickly pounced on it, hungry for a true mystery. The Confessions series is definitely for teenagers and I am eager to experience another novel written by the audacious James Patterson.
  • devastationDevastation, by Gloria Skurzynski- I know very little about this novel, but I am willing to take a risk and try a novel that I have never even read the back of. One of my very close friends owns this book and told me I should read it, so it looks like this summer will be filled with new experiences and opportunities.
  • Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale- I have read this novel but I remember very little about it, so it’s time for a refresher. All that I can recall about the novel is that it has a very similar concept as the Selection series by Kiera Cass, where young women compete for a prince’s heart. I am excited to leap into this thriller again.
  • Princess Academy: The Palace of Stone, by Shannon Hale- I have only heard of this novel, but I haven’t read it. I am anxiously waiting to find out what happens in the 2nd book in the Princess Academy Series; I have been told that this book is more violent than the first and I can’t wait to see for myself.
  • Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke- Little do I know about the Inkheart Series, but this novel has been recommended, so I will step out of my comfort zone and try a novel that I have neither heard of nor read before.


  • Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke- Once you have read the 1st book in a series, how can you not read the next one? It just other doesn’t work that way. So, if I do enjoy Inkheart I will most definitely be reading the 2nd novel in the series. Again, I know little to nothing about this novel, so I will be entering into unmarked territory.
  • Inkdeath, by Cornelia Funke- The 3rd and final book in the Inkheart Series, and, as I said before, you can’t just read the first books and skip the last one; no one does that. My knowledge about this story is little, much like what I have said about the other two books in the series, but I have heard nothing but praise about this novel, so I have agreed to give it a try!

Summer is the time to try new things and experience life changing events. Although, I may not be physically leaving my home, everyday I will be mentally and emotionally experiencing action, adventure, and thrills of every kind through each and every novel I read. This summer is going to be one of my best yet!