Books I want to read this summer that happen to be YA.

Books I want to read this summer that happen to be YA.

This year’s summer reading guide has 7 categories—and YA isn’t one of them. I’ve received repeated requests to share some young adult and kid lit titles for your summer reading.

Today I’m sharing a few tween and YA favorites I’ve already read and enjoyed, along with the YA books I want to read this summer.

Books I want to read that happen to be YA books

These titles are aimed at teens, not tweens. My own kids won’t be ready for these for a few more years. That’s okay: adults should be reading YA, too.

• The Sea of Tranquility, Katja Millay. I’ve heard raves about this novel, but have also been warned it’s dark, intense, and un-put-down-able.

• Rules of the Road, Joan Bauer. Sheila recommended it, and that’s good enough for me.

• Cinder, Marissa Meyer. The Lunar Chronicles series has been recommended by lots of bloggers. This is book #1, (just $2.99 for Kindle).

• We Were Liars, E. Lockhart. I’ve heard the less you know about this one before you pick it up, the better. (One word: secrets.)

• The Geography of You and Me, Jennifer E. Smith. Will surprised me by plucking this one from my library stack and reading it in a few days’ time. He says I’ll like it.

Tricking my kids into reading the good stuff

Books I want to read with my kids this summer.

We don’t homeschool year-round, but we read a ton during the summer months, and spend more time than usually talking about the books they’re reading. Jack (age 11), Sarah (age 9), and I made this list of promising (and age-appropriate) titles together.

We’ll probably each read these independently, then come together to chat about them. Except for Harry Potter—we’re listening to the audiobook together.

• A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith. My mom has been telling me to read this for forever.

• Rules, Cynthia Lord (already read—a big hit. Jack liked it too.)  A twelve-year-old girl helps her 8-year-old brother navigate life with autism.

• Princess Academy, Shannon Hale. I keep hearing this tween/young teen novel about finding your place in the world has more depth than the title indicates. By the author of Austenland.

• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J. K. Rowling. My kids are finally old enough for this modern classic. Hurray!

• The One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate. This award-winning novel is inspired by a true story about a captive gorilla—and the power of friendship.

• In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Bette Bao Lord. Jack’s already read and enjoyed this historical fiction mash-up of immigrant life and American baseball.

My YA summer reading list | Modern Mrs DarcyMiddle grade and YA books I love and recommend:

• The Age of Miracles, Karen Thompson Walker. Premise: the rotation of the earth slows, wreaking havoc. A little science fiction, a little coming of age.

• When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead. 1970s Manhattan, with Madeleine L’Engle and time travel.  (Stead’s Liar & Spy is also good and a great conversation starter)

• Wildwood, Colin Meloy. A modern-day Narnia series, set in Portland. (I want to read the rest of the series)

• The Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart. “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Four kids are tapped to save the world after responding to this newspaper ad.

• Wonder, R. J. Palacio. A story about a ten-year-old with a severe facial deformity who goes to school for the first time, told from six different perspectives. (I just downloaded the bonus seventh: The Julian Chapter. I’ll keep you posted.)

The Age of Miracles

A giveaway

I picked up a gorgeous hardback copy of The Age of Miracles at my library book sale, and I’m giving it away to one lucky reader.

Just leave a comment to enter. (U.S. only, eighteen or older, giveaway ends Friday, June 27 at midnight NY time.)

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended and the winner has been notified.

P.S. 3 kid lit picks for your summer reading list.

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