Summer leaves many students with extra time to pursue an activity that is usually associated with textbooks and assignments: reading. That means it is time to explore the world outside the textbook and look for some fun summer reads. Here are some books to check out.
“Paper Towns” by John Green
At the end of July, this John Green book will be coming to the big screen, but of course, it is always good to check out the book first. If you liked “The Fault in Our Stars,” then this is a book for you. In it, Quentin Jacobson agrees to follow Margo, who he loves, on her quest for revenge. She leaves him clues, but as his quest goes on, he starts to see unexpected changes in her behavior, leaving him wondering what happened to the Margo he thought he knew. This novel is a mystery story with compelling, relatable themes at its center.
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini
While “The Kite Runner” is probably Hosseini’s most well-known book, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” is another heartfelt story by this popular author. Like “The Kite Runner,” this story is set in Afghan society and focuses on the bonds that people build while facing adversity. In it, the lives of Mariam and Laila, two women from different backgrounds, intersect as they form a friendship that leads to many tough decisions they must face together. It is a tearjerker, so be sure to keep some tissues on hand.
“The Lord of the Rings” by J. R. R. Tolkien
Many people have seen the movies, but not as many have read the books. This summer, it is time to check out the inspiration behind the fantastic films. As you may know, the story takes place in Middle-earth and centers on the quest to destroy the One Ring and with it the Dark Lord Sauron. These books are perfect for anyone who likes fantasy or adventure. If you have never read them before, they are guaranteed to offer a new perspective on the beloved movies or an exciting journey into a fantastic world. And if you have, they offer another chance to visit your favorite tales.
“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee
Yes, most high schools have this book on their assigned reading lists, but with Lee’s new book slated to be published this summer, what an opportune time to read or re-read this classic. Besides, whether or not you actually read the book in high school, being further along in life offers a new perspective on this story. The story of Atticus and Scout offers perspectives that are valuable in the struggles that the nation is facing today.
“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume
Popular with younger readers, Judy Blume is venturing into the world of adult audiences with her new novel, released June 2. The novel is set in the 1950s and based on actual plane crashes that occurred in New Jersey. Although it is not officially out yet, reviews from those with advanced copies seem to be positive. It is unclear exactly what to expect, but what a better time than now to follow your beloved childhood author on a new adventure?