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Summer Reading Shortlist

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Summertime brings summer reading, both the required kind and the just-for-fun variety. Whether you’re reading books in preparation for the slew of movie adaptations hitting theaters this summer (like The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, or Gone Girl), brushing up on the latest installment of your favorite series, or indulging in a few long-awaited guilty pleasures, lazy summer days present the perfect opportunity to catch up on that long to-read list.

Maybe you’re eagerly anticipating Mr. Mercedes or perhaps you’re slogging through a required list from your English teacher; either way, we’d love to hear what you’re reading this season.

What books are you reading this summer? Are they guilty pleasures, required readings, or do they fall somewhere in between? What new words are you discovering along the way? Share with us in the comments below!

 

129 Comments

  1. tay -  June 20, 2014 - 5:00 am

    I just finished reading The Program by Suzanne Young .. Good book; easy read.

    Mere Christianity by CS Lewis is absolutely great. Im still reading and loving every minute of it, a bit of thinking required but it definitely is one of my all time favorites. advice; keep an open mind while reading

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  2. Meg -  June 19, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    Lost of sociology and government related texts; my college curriculum is heavy on reading.
    As for pleasure, I’m currently reading Les Miserables, A Clash of Kings, and The Phantom of the Opera, all of which are phenomenal.
    I hope to get through all of A Song of Ice and Fire, beyond that, I doubt I’ll have time for anything else. And it’ll likely take me longer than the summer to read roughly 3,200 pgs of fantasy awesomeness.

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    • silvia -  June 20, 2014 - 3:23 am

      wow~A Song of Ice and Fire, so big the project!

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  3. Fall -  June 19, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    I just finished reading Arms of Love and Surrender by Carmen Marcoux, and they are two of my most prized books as of now. It wasn’t empty reading, and I did not feel like I was missing something after I was done. Really heartfelt great books.

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  4. Rowan -  June 19, 2014 - 10:13 am

    Currently, I’m reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie; Pride and Prejudice is next. Anyway, does anyone recommend me any interesting but easy book? :) I’ve read the Fault in our Stars and I found it amazing…looking forward to watch the movie!

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    • Azul -  June 19, 2014 - 1:04 pm

      I’d definitely recommend reading Hitchers by Will McIntosh or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. They’re both interesting and easy reads.

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  5. Irma -  June 19, 2014 - 8:04 am

    La Elegancia Del Erizo, Originally written in French (L’élégance du hérisson) by Muriel Barbery. I am reading it in Spanish because I figured I my Spanish vocabulary could use some work.Great book!

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  6. Ella -  June 19, 2014 - 7:51 am

    - The Fault in our Stars by John Green
    - The Giver
    - Gone Girl
    - The Circle Series by Ted Dekker
    - Bared to You by Silvia Day
    - The Maze Runner
    - Wool by Hugh Howey
    - Divergent
    - Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    - Looking for Alaska by John Green
    - Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

    I LOVE the Hunger Games triology and the book Wool is also one of my favorite’s because it is written in the same way and it is amazing *-* And I am kind of obsessed with John Green after The Fault in our Stars movie came out so I’m planning to read all fo his books during the summer :)

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  7. Steph -  June 18, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    David Foster Wallace’s “The Broom of the System”
    The Bible (for school)
    Wittgenstein’s Blue and Brown Books
    The History of the Ancient World by Susan Bauer
    You Shall Know Our Velocity by Dave Eggers
    and hopefully I’ll get to Harry Potter 5-7 (because I never finished those)

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  8. Cristina -  June 18, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    I’m currently reading Robin Hobb’s Dragon Keeper. Hobb is an excellent fantasy novelist, and Dragon Keeper is no exception. Her talents have been recognized by George R.R. Martin himself, stating the “Robin Hobb’s books are diamonds in a sea of zircons.” It’s a great read, and I recommend it to adventure and fantasy fans alike.

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  9. loggins -  June 18, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Slogging through the Shakespeare plays that we didn’t cover in class. The book is called “The Necessary Shakespeare,” so I thought it might be necessary to get acquainted with all of them since it’s important to the major. And despite the density of some of the works, it’s enjoyable and eye-opening.

    Anyway, I’ve already completed Midsummer Night’s Dream and Richard II, but I still have: Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About nothing, Henry IV part one, Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, and Merchant of Venice. Trying to read one each week with a film or performance to recap.

    Also reading: Inherent Vice, Red Badge of Courage, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and anything else I feel I need to finish.

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  10. Josh -  June 18, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    These are the books I wanna reread this summer (I totally recommend these books!):
    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Circle series by Ted Dekker (and pretty much every Dekker book there is)
    Symposium by Plato
    Republic by Plato
    The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

    Books I plan to/am reading:
    The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
    The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Five Dialogues by Plato
    Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
    The Iliad by Homer

    Really excited for this summer! Middle-Earth indulgence time >:)

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  11. ZOE -  June 18, 2014 - 4:52 am

    I have just started reading ‘bared to you’- Sylvia Day the author. I say just started, but I seem to be near the end already. I can not put it down without picking it back up. So intriguing. Luckily for me its a TRILOGY. Reflected to you shall be my next.

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    • ZOE -  June 18, 2014 - 4:53 am

      in****

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  12. Arielle -  June 18, 2014 - 4:18 am

    An awesome book to read would have to be City of Heavenly Fire the last Mortal Instruments book .It is AMAZING!

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 11:20 am

      I just went to the library and picked up the whole Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I did read the first four books already, but I definitely needed a recap. Plus, the sister series to these books are really good too. Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, and there may be one more, I haven’t gotten to read all of them yet.

      Love, love, love the Mortal Instruments series!!!

      I just heard that Cassandra Clare just came out with a new book she co-authored with Holly Black, (another great author!) can’t wait to check it out!

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  13. S---H -  June 17, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    I am currently reading;
    -Ink Heart by Cornelia Funke
    -Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
    -Alex Rider: Scorpia by Anothony Horowitz
    -The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    -Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    [Ink Heart and Ender's Game is the best.]

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  14. iWonder -  June 17, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    I want to finish A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin. I only have a Feast for Crows and a Dance of Dragons left.
    Then I would like to read the Fault In Our Stars, when it’s available in my library, to see what all the fuss is about.
    Throughout the summer I’d like to get a good way into the works of Charles Dickens, primarily A Tale of Two Cities.

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  15. Luther C. B. -  June 17, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    I have a couple of books that I am currently reading, and even more on my bookshelf that I want to conquer before I begin borrowing and purchasing more. My currently reading list is:
    Crime and Punishment- Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Notes from Underground- Fyodor Dostoevsky
    A Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens
    David Copperfield- Charles Dickens
    Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte
    Black Radical- Nelson Peery
    Classic Essays- James Baldwin
    Black Like Us- Devon W. Carbado

    Hopefully I’ll finish more than half of those before I pick up a new title. I have a books that have been sitting on the shelf that I’ve been holding off on. These are:
    Love- Toni Morrison
    Catch-22- Joseph Heller
    1984- George Orwell
    Catching Fire- Suzanne Collins
    Mockingjay- Suzanne Collins
    Gone Girl- Gillian Flynn
    Huey: Spirit of the Panther- David Hilliard
    The Color Purple- Alice Walker

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  16. Marianne -  June 17, 2014 - 10:33 am

    I read The Fault in our Stars recently (I expected more, if I’m honest), and I just finished Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. (This one is my current favorite)

    I’m now going to read:
    Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
    Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
    Lord of the Flies, William Golding
    Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
    The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
    Spike Milligan’s memoirs of WWII
    The Two Towers, J R R Tolkien
    Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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  17. Ellie -  June 17, 2014 - 9:38 am

    I’m finishing up A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then I’ll begin Bulfinch’s Mythology (Stories of Gods and Heroes and King Arthur and his Knights) for school and I may also try to read Les Miserables or Anna Karenina if I have the time. Oh, and I just finished Things Fall Apart.

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  18. H. Corn -  June 17, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    ( I read Notre Dame de Paris recently and it was awesome! I think he must be a genius.)
    Othelo or A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare

    I’ve never heard of The Fault in Our Stars before I read this article and comments below it. All people are saying it’s really a great book, so I guess I have to add this also to my reading list. = )

    I just love literature – it is so beautiful.

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  19. Fei -  June 17, 2014 - 5:10 am

    I don’t know how many of you are familiar with it, but I’m currently reading The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It’s lengthy, but well worth it.

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  20. P- -  June 16, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    As of this morning, my reading list weighs more than I do.

    The list as it as it stands today:

    Capitol in the Twenty-First Century
    A Peoples History of the United States
    Why Peacekeeping Fails
    Cloud Atlas
    An Incoherent Empire
    2048; The International Movement for Enforceable Human Rights
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich
    Alice in Wonderland
    The Wind in the Willows
    Saga

    let the fun begin! :D

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  21. Jolo -  June 16, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    I read John Green’s Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. I also read Fangirl. Jess Rothenberg’s The Catastrophic History of You and Me. I’m about to read Thirteen Reasons Why. Any suggestions about my next book? :)

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    • S---H -  June 17, 2014 - 8:41 pm

      Read Ink Heart

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      • Jolo -  June 19, 2014 - 2:18 am

        Ink Heart by?

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  22. Alexis Noel -  June 16, 2014 - 11:02 am

    My favorite book is Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It’s about a future America where love is claimed as a disease and two people, a boy and girl, who think otherwise. Beautifully written!

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    • Caitlin -  September 5, 2014 - 11:13 am

      I love Lauren Oliver’s writing. She makes even the most mundane scenes beautifully descriptive. Her writing flows like music. I just finished reading her latest book, PANIC. Another great one is her debut novel, Before I Fall. Of course, you can’t leave out her dystopian series, Pandemonium, Delirium, and Requiem. (Not sure if I have the order correct, though.) If anyone is looking for a new author or book series to check out, check out Lauren Oliver.

      Also, I just stumbled upon a new (new to me) author, William Bebb. I am OBSESSED with zombie books…or should I say zombie anything?! He has a couple books out now on the amazon kindle app that are free. Which is why I originally checked them out. But the rest of his books are worth having to pay for. Not only is his writing exactly what I look for in a scary story, but he actually has a great sense of sarcastic humor that makes the grim tales a bit lighter. (Most of the time, sometimes he’s darkly cynical. But I love that too.)

      So check out Lauren Oliver and William Bebb.

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  23. Kate -  June 15, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    I just started The Idiot by Dostoevsky

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  24. Cheyenne Thayer -  June 13, 2014 - 11:19 am

    I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak…
    I’m also reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green… I’m very excited and I’m planning to watch the movie, because my school friends said the book was really good, and that they saw the movie at the movie theater and said the movie was awesome…. So, I am value excited to watch the movie!!!!!

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  25. Marg -  June 13, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Since Memorial Day I have read:

    The Fault in Our Stars (agree with everyone it was very good)
    Where Did You Go Bernadette (If you’re looking for something satirically funny, this is your book! Check it out.)

    Just started Ken Follit’s A Dangerous Fortune.

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    • Chloe -  June 16, 2014 - 11:50 am

      Where Did You Go Bernadette recently became my favorite novel. I was disappointed in TIFIOS.

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  26. Priya -  June 13, 2014 - 4:13 am

    Elegant Universe by Brian Greene, Small is Beautiful by E F Schumacher and Superfreakonomics by Steven D Levitt along with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

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    • MomLaser -  June 19, 2014 - 2:23 pm

      I loved Freakonomics

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  27. Anne K. -  June 12, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Summer Reading: That Summer (L Willig), The Silkworm (R Galbraith) and Feast for Crows (GRR Martin). I adored TFIOS! The audio version was amazing. I was a little disappointed in the ending for Gone Girl.

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    • Winnow -  June 12, 2014 - 7:02 pm

      You should also try out these books:
      1) The Lying Game – By Sara Shepard
      2) Don’t Even Think About It – By Sarah Mlynowski
      3) Skin and Other Stories – By Roald Dahl
      4) The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side – By Agatha Christie
      5) Roses Are Red – By James Patterson

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  28. CpCaples -  June 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    In chronological order:

    “Five Great Dialogues” Plato
    “The Apostolic Church Fathers” Clement of Rome to Polycarp
    “The works of Justin Martyr”
    “The City of God, Vol 1″ St. Augustine
    “The Pickwick Papers” Charles Dickens
    “The Mighty Thor” Marvel Comics

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  29. Amalie -  June 11, 2014 - 4:51 pm

    Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig
    Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
    1984 by George Orwell
    A Feast for Crows
    A Dance with Dragons

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  30. Kiaran -  June 11, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    The Crimson Campaign, The Warded Man, and A Clash of Kings

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    • Sarv -  June 13, 2014 - 8:06 am

      I liked the Warded Man. It was a pretty good book

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  31. Stacy Banks -  June 11, 2014 - 10:27 am

    TFIOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN)

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  32. Christy Michaelson -  June 11, 2014 - 7:27 am

    I just finished Dan Brown’s INFERNO. I enjoyed it as I have his other 2 best sellers. I am waiting for my next books to come in the mail from Amazon and the will be “Gunsmoke” westerns. In the mean time I am reading William Johnstone’s The Brothers O’Brien series. I love to escape with my book and during our long balmy evenings out on our front patio or porch.

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  33. Meena Advani -  June 11, 2014 - 3:14 am

    I have just finished reading the action thriller “Indians in Pakistan.” It’s a novel with a strong historical and geographical context of the Indian subcontinent. I strongly recommend it all those interested in current affairs especially about the menace of terrorism.

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    • Rani K -  June 11, 2014 - 6:04 am

      Yes, I did read “Indians in Pakistan.” It is a novel full of knowledge and action. Yes, there is way too much knowledge and action in this book. Read it only if you have the time and the heart for it (not for the faint-hearted).

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    • Tanya -  June 12, 2014 - 8:10 am

      Who is the author of that book?

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  34. Kosuk -  June 11, 2014 - 2:23 am

    don’t really have any particular books in mind yet, but would love to get some suggestions… i like the ones with a dark, shadowy beauty in them, tragedies etc. like Perfect by Ellen Hopkins and The Host by Meyer( i don’t like the ending, though)…

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    • Alli -  June 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm

      I would suggest more books by Ellen Hopkins (I love them too :D), but if you’ve read all of them, try Tweak by Nic Sheff

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    • P- -  June 16, 2014 - 5:54 pm

      Life After Life, and Murder on the Orient Express!

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  35. Emily -  June 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Once and Future King by T.H. White are all on my list (and about thirty more). (Plus a buttload of fanfiction that will be read at one AM and the causal delve into Shakespeare when I want to feel sophisticated.) Can’t wait to start on them!

    (P.S. Best time to read classics like Shakespeare or the Odyssey is REALLY late at night is when you’re so tired that you can’t see straight anymore. Nothing makes sense and your mind suddenly makes all the older English sound ridiculous and you just start laughing at yourself.)

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  36. Kristin -  June 10, 2014 - 11:40 am

    So far…I’m reading A Tale of Two Cities, What Maisie Knew (book club), Django Unchained graphic novel, Locke & Key graphic novel series (Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son), The Kite Runner graphic novel, The Dark Monk (The Hangman’s Daughter series), various and sundry non-fiction books.

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  37. Genevieve Jarvis -  June 9, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    Now I’ve added about three more to my list just by reading through these, BUT
    My summer starts on Thursday!
    My list consists of:

    Reconstructing Amelia
    Z by Zelda Fitzgerald
    The Knifeman
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    Hot Zone
    Demon In The Freezer
    Into the Wild
    Tuck Everlasting
    The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    Freckles
    Gun, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
    Return by Robert D. Hales
    The Giver
    Elanor and Park
    The Lightning and the Storm
    The Lovers Dictionary
    Something by Willa Kather (not literally, haven’t picked out a specific book yet)
    Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde (NOTE: NOT FIFTY SHADES OF GREY)
    The Book Thief
    My Antonia
    Something by Don Dellio (not literally)
    The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
    The Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
    The Velvet Underground by Michael Leigh
    Venus in Furs by Leopold van Sacher-Masoch
    1984 by George Orwell
    The Culture of Fear by Barry Glassner
    What a Plant Known by Daniel Chamovitz
    The Catcher in the Rye
    The Picture of Dorian Gray
    This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
    Just Kids by Patti Smith
    Crime and Punishment by Frodor Dostoevsky
    A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

    Yes, it’s ambitious, but I’m going to try for at least a third of them. :)

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    • Genevieve Jarvis -  June 9, 2014 - 9:50 pm

      I’ll probably also read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis once again because it is in my possession and it’s an all-time fave HAHA! >:)

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      • Jaide C -  June 12, 2014 - 3:39 am

        Just sating Reconstruction Amelia is REALLY good

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      • jacinta -  June 13, 2014 - 6:14 am

        I am reading Walter Isaacson’s book Steve Jobs and los perros de la guerra by Frederick Forsyth both books in Spanish

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    • Melanie -  June 11, 2014 - 6:17 pm

      Oh very similar to my list, I’ve got to tell you that the Lovers Dictionary was just fantastic, you should check out some of Leviathans other books, an into the Wild, yet another good one. Good Luck!!!

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    • Cheyenne Thayer -  June 13, 2014 - 11:27 am

      hey Genevieve Jarvis,
      Are those all the books you plan on reading or are those all the books you have already read?!?!
      Did you like the book thief, what was the book thief about, would you highly recommend that book to other people!?!?!

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      • barbara -  June 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

        Very good book, could not put it down, you must get it!

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  38. Li -  June 9, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    I’m on an Agatha Christie binge at the moment, but I want to read some Dumas and Dostoevsky this summer.

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  39. Jayleen Castaing -  June 9, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Read the Giver and the second part to it. Going to finish the rest of the series & the movie should be out by then. Eager !

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  40. emily -  June 9, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Books I’m reading this summer are
    Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
    The Windup Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Math Stuff by Theoni Pappas
    Those are just the required summer reading I’ll be reading many other things on my kindle

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  41. David Lester -  June 9, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    I am currently reading a book called ” A Desperate Plan ” . My mentor is the author (Eugene L. Gitin, M.d. This book is amazing! :)

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    • Zach -  June 9, 2014 - 11:11 pm

      This summer I’m hoping to read “The Great Gatsby”, “Kind Lear”, Othello”, “Macbeth”, “The Scarlet Letter”, “Jane Eyre”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, “The Color Purple”, and “Pride and Prejudice” for AP English my senior year. It’s not required, but rather recommended.

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      • Zach -  June 9, 2014 - 11:11 pm

        I have no idea how to leave an independent comment.

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  42. Brenda Jones -  June 9, 2014 - 7:54 am

    I am reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Stokely: A Life. A little fiction and A little nonfiction.

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  43. Pam -  June 9, 2014 - 4:53 am

    Right now I’m reading “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, Betty Smith
    Later I’ll read some of the Walt Longmire mysteries, Craig Johnson

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  44. Ridhi Joshi -  June 9, 2014 - 12:37 am

    I am currently reading ‘The Devil wears Prada’ by Lauren Weisberger and ‘The old man and the sea’ by Ernest Hemingway.Also plan to read ‘The perks of being a wallflower’ :)

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    • Jayleen Castaing -  June 9, 2014 - 4:50 pm

      Have you ever seen the movie ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ ? Amazing movie ! Funny, sad , and inspiring. If not it’s best to finish the book first.

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  45. 42Kmi.com -  June 8, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Reading The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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    • Christy Michaelson -  June 11, 2014 - 7:38 am

      Interesting fact about Alexandre Dumas…perhaps you might know this…he was black I tried a couple years ago to read the biography that came out about him and didn’t finish it. Anyway this was a surprising fact for me.’ THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO is suppose to be based on his fathers life. .

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    • Nemo -  June 12, 2014 - 1:03 pm

      Read The Count of Monte Cristo also

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  46. Abbybabs -  June 8, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    I’ll be finishing the Dragons of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey, and then I’ll probably spend the rest of the summer reading War and Peace. :)

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  47. Cierra B. -  June 8, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    I’m going to read _The Jungle_ by Sinclair. My English II teacher recommends this book for my junior class (11th grade) to help with the History State Test…oh and I’m going to indulge myself in some Transformers fanfiction! Oh yeah!!

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  48. Lyann -  June 8, 2014 - 10:58 am

    I’m reading Switched by Amanda Hocking, Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi, Fire by Kristen Cashore, Graceling by Kristen Cashore, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, The Adventures of Monte Carlo, City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare, Grave Mercy by Robin Lafevers, Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson, Cinder by Marrissa Meyer, Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi, The Infernal devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, a ton of books by John Green, and a whole lot more

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:07 pm

      Fire, Graceling, City of Fallen Angels, The Infernal Devices, and John Green books are all really good! I haven’t read the other ones though. :D

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    • Persephone Willowsnapper -  June 9, 2014 - 2:22 pm

      Cinder is amazing!!! You will love it!! <3

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  49. Jack Herbic -  June 8, 2014 - 8:53 am

    I am reading Walden, I read part of it in English class and I really liked it. Also as an american I think I should read some of our classic literature.

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  50. Rayann P. M. -  June 8, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Well, I have to read my text book for college, “Public Speaking: 8th Edition.”
    I have about 13 pages left in “The Fault In Out Stars.” Then I’m reading “A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty.”
    After that, in no particular order, “Divergent,” “Valiant” and “Ironside” (in the “Tithe” series), “Inuyasha” (1-3), “Chobits,” “FullMetal Alchemist” (1-3), “Naruto” (22-Forty-Something), and “A Bend in the Road.”
    Those are just the books I KNOW I’m going to read. I hope to add a lot more to the list before the Summer’s through.
    (Excluding “Public Speaking,” they’re all pleasure-reads.)
    Furthermore, movies based off books, more often than not, suck. I’m not really thrilled about “The Fault In Our Stars” and “The Giver.”

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:12 pm

      The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, and Naruto are really good! I haven’t seen the Fault in Our Stars movie yet, but my friends have and they said it was incredible. However, I understand what you mean because a lot of movies based on books suck (like Eragon, The Lightning Thief, City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, etc.). I hope The Giver movie will be as amazing as the book (It has Meryl Streep in it, so I have hopes!) :D

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  51. Rohan Pratap Singh -  June 8, 2014 - 12:00 am

    I am reading the book And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini and plan to read Man’s Search for meaning and possibly atlas shrugged by Ayn Rand if my job allows me that much time :P

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    • Genevieve Jarvis -  June 9, 2014 - 9:35 pm

      I’m also planning on reading Atlas Shrugged this summer! :)

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  52. Em -  June 7, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    I am reading The Fault In Our stars which I have read 10,000 times already but its fantastic and have seen the movie (Its a real tear-jerkier!)

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  53. Laura Nass -  June 7, 2014 - 8:05 pm

    Mostly, LinkedIn forums and Wikipedia articles.

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  54. Anna -  June 7, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    I just finished Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Apparently I like my summer reading to be devastating. I ended up sobbing at the end, so there’s that. On another note, a week or two ago I read Tampa by Alissa Nutting, which was really good, but potentially triggering.

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  55. Deanna -  June 7, 2014 - 3:17 pm

    The Kent Family Chronicles (8 books).

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    • Christy Michaelson -  June 11, 2014 - 7:43 am

      I read all of the Kent Chronicle books when they came out back in the 70′. In facet my parents and I all reading the books at the same time. His North and South trilogy are a good summer read too. Especially if you enjoy historical fiction

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  56. wejiharfuisnd -  June 7, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    The mortal instruments and lots of other books. I usually read about a book every day or so, therefore I’m planning on reading a lot!!! Any suggestions would be nice!!! (PS I’m a sixth-grader but I read very mature books) :D

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    • Rayann P. M. -  June 8, 2014 - 3:20 pm

      Weji,

      Try the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Warriors, Seekers, Wolves of the Beyond, and Survivors.

      Other great books include The Search for WondLa and the Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls (both are series).

      Also try the Tithe series, as well as the Fallen series (the ending sucks, though).

      For way more advanced reads try Anpao and the His Dark Materials series.

      Finally, the most thought-provoking and indpiring books that I’ve ever loved:
      The Age of Miracles
      Cloud Atlas
      MiddleSex

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    • Isak -  June 9, 2014 - 12:56 pm

      You might be interested in reading: 1984 – George Orwell, Frankenstein – Mary Shelley, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson or just about anything written by Haruki Murakami(though i thoroughly recommend 1Q84 if you are planning to read anything by him!).

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    • Nemo -  June 10, 2014 - 3:22 pm

      A Tale of Two Cities

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      • Nemo -  June 10, 2014 - 3:23 pm

        Also Chaim Potok The Chosen

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    • Kate -  June 10, 2014 - 5:06 pm

      If you’re feeling super ambitious, try the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson). They’re long (almost 1000 pages each) and there are 14 of them, but it’s probably my all-time favorite series. Those will take you more than a day to read ;)

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    • Daisy -  June 11, 2014 - 4:37 pm

      Fall of a kingdom, Rise of a Hero, and Forging a sword by Hilari bell

      Also The Unwanteds and its sequel

      Also, the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 11, 2014 - 8:32 pm

      Ohmygosh thank you guys so much for these recommendations!! I will definitely try reading some of these!! THANK YOU! :D

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  57. Emilie -  June 7, 2014 - 6:23 am

    I have many books to read this summer, some of them are: The fault in our stars, Perks of being a wallflower (reading now), Beautiful Creatures and if probably the Divergent serie:) I can’t wait for my summer vacation to begin in two weeks :)

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    • Rayann P. M. -  June 8, 2014 - 3:37 pm

      The Beautiful Creatures series is wonderful!
      And it’s one of the rare series that actually had a good ending…
      However, I do hope that you have not watched the movie…
      For if you have, I pity you.
      I, myself, utterly refuse to watch it.
      From watching previews, viewing the cast-list, reading reviews, and talking to friends that have seen it…
      It is NOTHING like the book!
      And the cast-list… Don’t get me started!
      Did they have a blind man who has never even heard of the series choose the cast from off the street?!
      Ugh. Seriously, people.
      Just stick to the books.

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 8, 2014 - 7:04 pm

      OHMYGOSH!! I love ALL of those books!!! You must read them ALL!!! (lol you don’t have to, but you should because they’re really good!!) My summer vacation begins on June 13!! I can’t wait either! :D

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  58. bookeater -  June 7, 2014 - 12:39 am

    I’m rereading lotr this summer. JRR Tolkein is in my top 5

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  59. Anne -  June 6, 2014 - 5:18 pm

    I’m reading accidental band geek and the one direction story

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  60. Raegan -  June 6, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    I’m reading The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. I have found this book very interesting but, very true and hard to answer…

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  61. Isak -  June 6, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    I’ll spend my 10 weeks of summer ‘devouring’ the books: ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ – Daniel Kahneman, ‘Sakhalin Island’ – Chekhov, ‘Norwegian Woods’ and ‘Kafka on the Shore’ – Murakami, ‘In Search of Lost Time’ – Proust or possibly ‘Dream of the Red Chamber’ – Cao Xueqin(Chiefly at least). They are not required reads, just books that i have neglected reading for the last couple of months.

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  62. Ashley -  June 6, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Everything! But for real though, right now I’m reading…

    Dear Sister, edited by Lisa Factora-Borchers
    A Charge of Valor, by Morgan Rice (#6 in The Sorcerer’s Ring series)

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  63. Anton -  June 6, 2014 - 9:24 am

    I’m reading Warriors: The Darkest Hour by Erin Hunter! The last book in the first Warriors series! I am so excited!

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    • Lyann -  June 8, 2014 - 10:59 am

      One of my favorite series that I read in the 5th grade! :D Best series ever. Right?!?!? :)

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  64. Brandon Emond -  June 6, 2014 - 9:02 am

    I am reading Russell Bank’s *Lost Memory of Skin.* Next up, my third attempt at *Infinite Jest,* by David Foster Wallace. In addition to the Bank’s book, I am also reading *Tin House* literary magazine. The current issue is about memory. One section deals with books that have made an impact on the reader, so I will, in between Banks and Wallace, read *My Side of the Mountain* which I read in 4th grade, about 45 years ago. The escape/runaway/isolation/survival thing has always fascinated me, so a rereading is in order.

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  65. Lucretia McCloud -  June 6, 2014 - 4:59 am

    Though I’ve read the Bible through a few times in my life, I’ve decided to ‘chew more slowly’ and savor the flavor (meditate) on the more than 40 various writers. I love especially the books of ‘Ruth’ and ‘Esther’, but when ‘stressing life’ I need to digest more fully Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Who can fault the advice of: “A mild answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger”? Proverbs 15:1. Or verse 4: “A calm tongue is a tree of life, but twisted speech causes despair.” Why ‘a tree of life’? … Makes me appreciate the necessity of being … “Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” James 1:19. . . Even 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 states its own intrinsic value. . . Just applying the above counsel may keep summer from being so violently ‘Hot’ … don’t you think?

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    • a believer -  June 6, 2014 - 10:27 am

      wow i can practically feel jesus fanning me already

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    • MJ Bower -  June 6, 2014 - 11:52 am

      Lucretia, I am with you as I’m no longer trying to get a specific number of chapters read per day. God bless you as you savor His word one bite at a time! :0)

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    • Sue -  June 7, 2014 - 11:33 am

      harbinger by Jonathan cahn. “How Shall We now live” by Francis Schaefer

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  66. killerdwarf7 -  June 6, 2014 - 12:33 am

    I’m reading the biography on AC/DC by Mick Wall called Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be. Great read so far too!

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  67. Tammy -  June 6, 2014 - 12:32 am

    I’m reading “This Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova on my Nook.

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  68. Liz -  June 5, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Rereading all the Ellis Peters Cadfael novels, again.

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  69. deepak bhatta -  June 5, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    i hug u

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  70. Orlando -  June 5, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    Ryelander Book One by Tyler Newby

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    • Jane -  June 6, 2014 - 11:26 am

      I just finished that, it was brilliant! If you like adventure stories. Do you know when he’s coming out with the next one?

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    • bookeater -  June 7, 2014 - 12:41 am

      Ryelander sounds interesting, but I don’t think I’ve seen it in any bookstore?

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      • Orlando -  June 10, 2014 - 9:06 pm

        He’s self-published. You’ll probably have to order Ryelander from his website, tylernewby.com

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  71. Athena -  June 5, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    personally I don’t read the book if I watch the movie or the movie if I read the book and the time I’m choosing the movie for “The Fault in Our Stars”.I can’t wait for it to come out! hopefully I can watch the movie in features.Other than that I’m reading “Bloody Valentine”,it’s in the blue bloods series.

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    • wejiharfuisnd -  June 7, 2014 - 2:49 pm

      Wait, why not??? You have to read the book and watch the movie to completely experience the awesomeness! The Fault in Our Stars is an incredible book. You have to read it! (I mean you don’t HAVE to, but it’s really, REALLY good. :D

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      • iWonder -  June 17, 2014 - 1:45 pm

        Whenever I have the choice to watch either the movie or the book first of the same story, I tend to choose the book, because you appreciate the story so much more and it’s always preferable to experience a major plot twist while reading. I would however, definitely see the movie and watch the book.

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  72. Shann -  June 4, 2014 - 11:41 pm

    Paper Towns by John Green
    The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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    • Sm;)es -  June 6, 2014 - 4:11 pm

      I’ve read both they are AMAZING!!

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    • Rayann P. M. -  June 8, 2014 - 6:55 am

      Ooh, The Host is one of my favourite books!
      At some point as I was reading, and mostly surely nearing the end, asudden thought struck me: “I’m almost done…” And I began to despair. So I peeked at how much of the book I had left… (And I’m quite sure I did a happy dance…) I still had half a book to go!
      Such a good story… It’s just begging for a sequel.

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    • Kosuk -  June 11, 2014 - 2:17 am

      I read The Host a while ago, the book is A-Ma-Zing! but the intensity of the ending… it just couldn’t justify the beauty of the rest of the book, in my opinion…

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  73. Lauren -  June 4, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    I’m reading “The Fault In Our Stars” and plan on watching the movie when it comes out. I already read “The Giver” but am eagerly awaiting its release on the big screen.

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    • Porter -  June 13, 2014 - 11:21 am

      I read The Giver a long time ago, but I had no idea there was going to be a movie on it!!!

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  74. maya -  June 4, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    The fault in our stars was one of the best books I ever read.

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