Summer Reads

Let me guess, it’s been awhile since you last read “for fun”.  Because who does that when you have enough reading going on for school, right?!  But summer is almost here…and that means you can find yourself on the beach somewhere soaking in the warm rays, smelling the salty sea breeze, and completely escaping to another world through a book…until that seagull happens to fly overhead and SPLAT…right on your stomach (true story…my senior year-I went screaming and freaking out into the water while my friends rolled with laughter).  But take out that nasty moment, and the beach is the perfect place to escape into another world and another time!


My interns and I have our book recommendations for you!  And there are some fun ones.  So put these titles on your summer reading list!

Danielle’s Recommendation::  Game of Thrones

I have to say, when we were on our mentor call and I told the girls I wanted book recommendations from them, Danielle’s face LIT UP as she blurted out this title.  You can tell it’s become her latest obsession, and that’s what good books are, an obsession!  (This might just be my summer read, Danielle!)

“This series takes place in a kingdom that is warring over who will be the next king. The book follows the would-be kings and their family members, each chapter telling the story from a different characters perspective. This series has everything. Dragons, war, love, mystery and heroes/heroines. I would say that this series is like Lord of the Rings meets King Arthur meets The Tudors. It is truly sensational! Warning: once you begin reading you may not be able to put these books down! I began reading the first book over spring break and am about to finish the fourth!” -Danielle

Taylor’s Recommendation::  The Secret Life of Bees

If I was being honest, I think I cheated and saw the movie instead of reading the book.  And we ALL KNOW books are WAY better than the movies…just look at the Twilight series!  Can we all agree?!

“This book is set in South Carolina 1964. A young 14 year old girl named Lily Owens escapes her abusive father with the African American woman who takes care of her and works for her father. They seek care and shelter from the Boatwright sisters who live in another town in South Carolina. Lily learns the art of bee keeping and discovers her deceased mothers past through the eyes of the sisters. This book is a powerful read that sets you in the harsh discrimination of African American people in this time period and is told through the heart of an abused and lost young girl.” -Taylor

Kathrine’s Recommendation::  The Sunflower

“The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans is a light-hearted and touching read about love found on a humanitarian mission in Peru. The jungle setting keeps things interesting and Evans weaves a story of a picking-up-the-pieces romance. Perfect for the beach or a long summer roadtrip!” -Kathrine

My Recommendation::  The Divergent Series

Oh my…on your next trip to Target, just promise me you will go through the book section and BUY.THIS.BOOK.  I can pretty much guarantee you will be back within the week to buy book 2!  And guess what, book 3 comes out this fall!  I can hardly wait.  I’m planning on re-reading the series this summer so I’m set to be “in the flow” of things when the 3rd book comes out.  If you were a fan of Hunger Games, this is a series you need to read.  And if you haven’t read the Hunger Games, just read it already!

The Divergent series is set in the future.  And yes, there is a heroine in this story line as well!  It takes place in Chicago, but it’s not the Chicago you would recognize today…sadly, it is an area that has been war-ridden and represents a sad past and a new kind of normal for the area.  Society is divided up into factions representing different virtues (Candor-the honest ones, Abnegation-the selfless, Dauntless-the brave, Amity-the peaceful, and Erudite-the intelligent).  When you turn 16, you need to choose which faction you will live in.  This means possibly turning your back on a faction you’ve been raised in and that your family belongs to.  And this is only the beginning!  The book moves pretty quick as well!  If you’ve read it, what faction would you choose?!

How to make reading fun this summer:

  • My cousin and I would go grab a breakfast from Starbucks and go down to Asilomar beach and have breakfast on the beach while both of us reading the book!  We’d hear each other gasp and immediately say, “What page are you on?!  DON’T TELL ME what happens!  But is it good?!”
  • Create a book club with your BFF’s to get you through the summer months.  Get together for a sleepover to discuss Peeta VS Gale and the Tris and Four storyline!  Hey, it’s an excuse to get-together with your friends, right?!
  • Traveling?!  Have this be something you read along with your friends while you’re all traveling with your families this summer.  Reading the same book together as a group will make you still feel connected to each other even when you’re not.  Set up a Skype date to chat about where you are in the book and what you think will happen next.   You can text each other in the mean time to make sure everyone is keeping up…no stragglers allowed!

Stay Fearless,

M O N T H L Y   G O S S I P   C O L U M N