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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
Middle 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.
• 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.)
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.