Monday, July 2, 2012

Mainstream Monday: Good Summer Reads

Happy Mainstream Monday all!  With Summer just kicking off last week we wanted to suggest some of our favorite books for the pool and beach that are perfect for summer for all ages! 

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (Middle)
While I don’t read many books in this age group any more, I do remember reading this one years ago and loving it. Full of magic, suspense, and intrigue, this book is sure to capture the attention of most middle schoolers.
<<The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith (YA)
While this book is wildly different from the television show, it’s still a very intriguing book that is definitely worth your time – especially if you enjoy reading about vampires. And who doesn’t love vampires these days?

>>Matched by Ally Condie (YA)
Matched is a book that I’ve wanted to read ever since our very own Meg reviewed it. It has everything it needs to be an instant hit: romance, suspense, and a dystopian setting. And it’s part of a trilogy, so there’s more to love when you’re finished with this one!

Eyes of the Seer (A)
Yet another vampire story, this book is definitely geared more toward adults than teens. It’s dark, gripping tale will have you glued to your seat from beginning to end, trust me.

The Spiderwick Chronicles - Holly Black and Toni DiTerlizzi (Middle)
With word of Holly Black and Cassandra Clair getting together to write a middle school age series, why not catch up on one of Holly's older series? After gifting this to my fiance's brother for Christmas, it wasn't long before he fell in love with this as well.

<<The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa (YA)
This book is getting great reviews but after reading some of The Iron Fey, I'm not sure Julie Kagawa could write anything bad in my book. And let's face it, we just can't get enough of the whole vampire deal, can we?

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin (YA)
I went to the book signing for this the day it was released and this is a book that Bethany is so, so passionate about. With being loosely based off Poe, I was immediately curious on what she could do next as Handcuffs wasn't bad... just not my favorite.
50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James (Adult)>>
If you haven't gotten into this trilogy yet (and you're of age of course), you need to. The depth of Christian Grey will have you enticed from beginning to end. On the other end of that spectrum, who doesn't need a little summer lovin'?
Maximum Ride Series By James Patterson (Middle)
Maximum Ride is, in my opinion, the perfect book series for middle grade and early young adult.  It takes the preteen/teenage angst and amplifies it by giving Max and her family wings but has plenty of action and thrills to keep all ages engaged.  With the final installment to the best selling series coming out in August you won’t have to wait long to find out the ending.
Starcrossed By Josephine Angelini (YA)
This is probably my favorite summer read probably because everytime I think about it I think about my pool considering it was my go to book to read while soaking up the sun.  Last summer I read it about four times.  It mixes greek mythology with a Romeo and Julietesque love story and fight scenes that make Fight Club look like pansies that will having you dying to read more.
<<Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (Adult)
This is another book that reminds me of summer because I read the entire series in my pool and plus Sookie herself is all about a good tan.  If you’re already into the Trublood TV show this will give you fix while waiting in between episodes and if you’re not, the book series isn’t quite as hardcore as the show and has a great story line with plenty of elements to keep you interested even in the twelfth book.

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurel K. Hamilton (Adult)
The Anita Blake series is has something for all grown women out there.  She’s fierce, independent, and a complete badass with her sawed off shot gun and has men, both alive and undead, swooning over her and it also has the harlequin romance that rival those beloved paperbacks you pick up at the drug store (or find at the back of Cosmo).

Do you guys have any favorite summer reads that you want to recommend?  Let us know!

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