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My Summer Reading List
Are you looking for a satisfying book on a rainy day? Then this book list is meant for you! This is a list of books I've recently finished and books that I would recommend for reading over the summer! You can't survive a summer without reading! These books are from the following genres, but all contain determined, courageous, kind characters: horror, realistic fiction, Dystopian, survival, fantasy, sci-fi, sports, and mystery.   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: Bad girls don't die /
Bad girls don't die
Alender, Katie
If you like horror/super natural books that keep you up all night, this book is definitely for you! Alexis Warren must take charge when her younger sister starts to act possessed because of an antique doll. Alexis will do anything to get the normal Kasey back. Even if that means getting help from a not so bad cheerleader, Megan. Book 2: From Bad to Curse Book 3: As Dead As It Gets
Teen Fiction ALENDER
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Cover Art: Hope was here /
Hope was here
Bauer, Joan, 1951-
Hope Was Here is a great story about moving away, dealing with loss, and moving on. This is a realistic fiction book that I could easily relate to! Another book by Joan Bauer: Close to Famous
Children's Fiction BAUER
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Cover Art: The raft /
The raft
Bodeen, S. A. 1965-
The Raft is a survival story about a teenage girl named Robie and a co pilot named Max. Robie visits her aunt during the summer, but her aunt has to leave because of something regarding her job. So, Robie, being the experienced traveler she is, decides to take a cargo flight back to Midway. But... The plane doesn't quite make it all the way. Now, the only two survivors, Max and Robie, have to survive at sea with scarce food, sharks, and undrinkable water, on a yellow raft.
Teen Fiction BODEEN
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Cover Art: A great and terrible beauty /
A great and terrible beauty
Bray, Libba.
Gemma Doyle isn't like other girls. She isn't proper, and has visions. Not just plain visions. Disturbing ones. When her mother dies, Gemma is sent to Spence, a boarding school in London, where she's supposed to learn how to be proper, and to become marriageable. Instead, she makes new friends and learns things about her visions that she isn't supposed to, which will endanger her own life and her friends'.
Teen Fiction BRAY
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Cover Art: Beauty queens /
Beauty queens
Bray, Libba.
Beauty Queens must have been one of my favorite reads of the summer! It's a little like the Raft. In the beginning, a plane housing the 50 contestants of the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crashes onto an island. Only a few survive, but they learn to work together, be creative, and even learn a few survival skills! I like how the characters are funny, clever, and not really like what we expect beauty queens to be! This book was very well written!
Teen Fiction BRAY
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Cover Art: How to be popular /
How to be popular
Cabot, Meg
At some point in our lives, we all want to be popular, right? Well, the main character of How To Be Popular, Steph Landry, decides to use an old book titled How To Be Popular, which she finds in a friend's attic. Steph is determined to become popular, and does, but later she realizes that it's sometimes not worth the tough decisions and the choices between friends.
Teen Fiction CABOT
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Cover Art: Graceling /
Graceling
Cashore, Kristin
Graceling has now become one of my favorite fantasy books! Why? Graceling is suspenseful, consists of powerful, strong, determined characters, and has a unique plot. In the seven kingdoms, there are some people born with Graces,which are similar to talents. Katsa unfortunately has the Grace of killing. Or so she thinks. In Graceling, Katsa discovers new things about herself and about other people. Katsa is my favorite character because she is courageous and never hesitates to protect those she loves. Companion Books: "Fire" and "Bitterblue"
Teen Fiction CASHORE
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Cover Art: Matched /
Matched
Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
Most people have already read Matched, but if you haven't, and you enjoy Dystopian novels, this book is for you. Matched involves a lot of risk taking, some romance,lies and secrets, and tough life-or-death decisions. Matched is the kind of book that you will reread and take notice of all the details. Book 2: Crossed Book 3: Reached
Teen Fiction CONDIE
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Cover Art: The last princess : a novel /
The last princess : a novel
Craze, Galaxy
What would do if your family was endangered, and you were one of the only members left? Eliza could possibly be the last princess when Cornelius Hollister and his ruthless army murders her father, and captures her siblings.She decides to do what most people wouldn't think she would do. She joins Hollister's army, hoping to avenge her family, and to stop him from causing more damage to her beloved country and friends and family. 'The Last Princess' takes place a few years after the Seventeen days, which were filled with severe natural disasters. Eliza's mother was poisoned by Cornelius Hollister, who wishes to stop the reign of the royal family. What will happen to Eliza and her family? READ THIS BOOK! Book Two: Invasion (it might not be out yet, but I can't wait for it!)
Teen Fiction CRAZE
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Cover Art: Entwined /
Entwined
Dixon, Heather, 1982-
Entwined is a wonderful book with a lot of twists on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you have read a lot of Jessica Day George's books, I would recommend Entwined for you! It had me "entwined" and I had to keep reading it until I finished!
Teen Fiction DIXON
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Cover Art: Dark life /
Dark life
Falls, Kat.
Dark Life included a lot of concepts I liked: special talents/qualities, under water civilizations and suspense. Dark Life kept me on the edge of my seat and I even learned a little about ocean/aquatic life. Book 2: Rip Tide
Children's Fiction FALLS
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Cover Art: Beautiful creatures /
Beautiful creatures
Garcia, Kami
Hands down, Beautiful Creatures is the best paranormal book that I've read. In Gatlin, there are no secrets, and a new student means big news at the high school. It turns out that the new student is Lena Duchannes, the niece of Old Man Ravenwood. She's not just another girl though. She has powers that she can't control. So when Ethan, a mortal, comes to her house, they find a locket that makes them see visions of a burning house during the Civil War. They become unexpected friends, but time is running out. When Lena turns sixteen, she might go Dark. She might not be Lena anymore.
Teen Fiction GARCIA
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Cover Art: Found /
Found
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Again, like the Matched Trilogy, the Missing Series is very popular. Found involves a lot of history and time travel and prominently features two teenagers Jona and Katherine. There are a lot of kids who are missing from history and it's Jona, Katherine and Chip (Jona's friend) to help fix time.
Children's Fiction HADDIX
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Cover Art: UnEnchanted : an unfortunate fairy tale /
UnEnchanted : an unfortunate fairy tale
Hahn, Chanda
Unenchanted has a different plot from other fairytales. Mia Grime (Grimm) is an unlucky and unpopular girl who has to follow a deadly family curse. She must complete the Grimm's fairytales if she wishes the future generations to not have to do the same. Mia goes from unpopular to popular when her school goes on a field trip, and ends up saving one of the most popular kids at her school. The two get close, but because of the dreaded curse, she has to rebuild that all over again.
Teen Fiction HAHN
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Cover Art: Book of a thousand days /
Book of a thousand days
Hale, Shannon
Imagine having to impersonate the person you work for so they can marry the person they want to. Dashti is a mucker maid who is locked away in a tower with Lady Saren, because Lady Saren refuses to marry who her father betrothed her to because she has secretly married herself to someone else. Book of a thousand days really fascinated me with the intriguing characters and the interesting plot!
Teen Fiction HALE
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Cover Art: Princess Academy /
Princess Academy
Hale, Shannon
Another special fantasy book! I read this book in one sitting. You'll understand why once you read it for yourself! Miri wants to work in the quarry, which is what keeps Mount Eskel alive, but she is not allowed to, after a freak accident with her mother. Miri feels helpless, but when she gets the chance to become a possible princess, she doesn't feel so helpless. She makes new friends, but risks losing her friendship with her childhood friend Peder. Book 2: Palace of Stone
Children's Fiction HALE
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Cover Art: Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the boa
Soul surfer : a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the boa
Hamilton, Bethany.
Soul Surfer is the only nonfiction biography/autobiography on my reading list because it made me think so differently after I read it. Soul Surfer is written by Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack, but remained perfectly calm. I admire Bethany's perseverance and motivation to get back to do what she loves most. If I had to recommend any nonfiction book this summer, it would be Soul Surfer!
Adult Nonfiction Book GV840.S8 H36 2004
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Cover Art: Prince of Wolves /
Prince of Wolves
Loftis, Quinn
Prince of Wolves made me rate it a three to four and a half stars. I really liked how the author incorporated a teenage girl's (Jacque) life with a supposed Romanian exchange student,Fane but some of the language wasn't realistic. Not everyone calls their friends "chicka" but I thought that the Jacque's sarcastic comments were funny, and that the bond between her and her friends was so special. I thought overall, Prince of Wolves was a pretty good read, but not as good as Graceling, Eragon, etcetera.
Adult Fiction
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Cover Art: Boost /
Boost
Mackel, Kathryn, 1950-
Boost is about two sisters, Savvy and Cassie. Savvy and Cassie are both passionate about the sports they play, and are determined to get their spot on top notch teams. Savvy makes it onto the 18U basketball team, but her older sister Cassie doesn't get to be flyer on the cheer team. They will do anything to boost their game. Both girls are talented, so why would they need a boost? Read this book to find out!
Teen Fiction MACKEL
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Cover Art: Princess Ben : being a wholly truthful account of her various discoveries and mi
Princess Ben : being a wholly truthful account of her various discoveries and mi
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert
I haven't read this book in awhile, but I remember laughing out loud a lot when I read it. Princess Ben isn't like your normal princess, and is willing to do things that will shock you, and definitely make you laugh!
Children's Fiction MURDOCK
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Cover Art: Eragon /
Eragon
Paolini, Christopher.
Eragon is also another one of my favorite fantasy reads! Eragon is part of the Inheritance Cycle, which includes Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. My favorite things about the Inheritance Cycle are the Dragon Riders and dragons, suspense, the brave characters, and the descriptive writing. A lot of people get bored after reading the first fifty pages or five chapters, but if you give this series a fighting chance, you will not be let down! The Inheritance Cycle is phenomenal!
Children's Fiction PAOLINI
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Cover Art: Life as we knew it /
Life as we knew it
Pfeffer, Susan Beth, 1948-
Life as we knew it is about a girl named Miranda who keeps a journal and writes about life after a meteor hits the moon, resulting in strange natural disasters. I like Life as we knew it because there aren't many books that I've read on natural disasters that was as good as this one!
Teen Fiction PFEFFER
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Cover Art: Above World /
Above World
Reese, Jenn
Aluna has spent a large portion of her life in the ocean, but when the breathing necklaces that her colony uses start to go wrong and people start to die, she and her friend, Hoku decide to investigate and find out some information and eventually go explore the Above World.
Children's Fiction REESE
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Cover Art: Tokyo heist /
Tokyo heist
Renn, Diana
Tokyo Heist is about the mystery of stolen van Gogh art. Violet, who loves manga and all things Japanese, gets the opportunity of a life time when her artist dad gets to go with his clients to Japan. At first, Japan seems like fun, but Violet's vacation soon takes a turn into a frantic search that will risk the lives of her father's clients, the Yamadas, herself, and her friend who is helping. There is more to the mystery than just stolen art...
Teen Fiction RENN
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Cover Art: Under the never sky /
Under the never sky
Rossi, Veronica
Under the Never Sky is about a girl named Aria who lives in Reverie, where there are Realms and life is "perfect." When Aether storms start to threaten Reverie and she has lost contact with her mother, she and her friends decide to go explore outside of Reverie, finding not only risk, but Savages, who are rumored to be wild people. Then, everything changes when she meets Perry, who decides to help her. Aria is determined (sorry if I use that word too much) to find the truth about what is happening, even though it may not be the one she wants.
Teen Fiction ROSSI
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Cover Art: The running dream /
The running dream
Van Draanen, Wendelin
The Running Dream was a very inspirational book about a girl named Jessica, who lost her leg on the way back from a track meet by bus. For her, running is like breathing, and she needs it. This is her come back story and how she gets back to running and what she enjoys most!
Children's Fiction VAN DRA
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Cover Art: The bar code tattoo /
The bar code tattoo
Weyn, Suzanne
The Bar Code Tattoo is like the latest thing. Kayla doesn't think there's something right about it though. After all, it did ruin her friend's (Amber) family's lives and her own father's right? Something is wrong about the bar code tattoo, so Kayla decides to join Decode, a group that wants to find the truth on why everyone is required to get it. I really liked the idea of the tattoos, because who would ever suspect that they would cause so much trouble!
Teen Fiction WEYN
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