Tuesday, April 30, 2013

9 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List


So my friend posted a photo of her daughter's Scholastic Book Club order today on Instagram and I just about freaked out as a million memories came rushing back. I can remember so vividly whenever we'd get those tissue thin flyers chock full of things to circle, check, underline, whatever! New books with the coolest covers, exciting titles that drew me in as I scanned the page, and baby animal posters! Please tell me you remember those posters...

So I had to visit the Scholastic website and indulge my nostalgic side. I love that these flyers still exist, for every grade, and now my one wish for the summer is that Scholastic would make one for adults! How cool would that be?!

In its absence, I thought I would make a list of some books to add to your list. Some of these I've read (see previous reviews grouped together here and here) and some are on my to-read list too!

Now all I need is a comfy lounge chair and a glass of lemonade. Cheers!


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p.s. I've talked about The Fault in Our Stars and The Age of Miracles so many times here but for good reason- I LOVE them. If you haven't read either, be sure to add them to your list first.  And then next read The Light Between Oceans, another book I recently fell in love with!


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49 comments:

  1. I love having recommendations! Thank you

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  2. Eleanor & Park and The fault in our stars- yes! Loved them both and have made a note of a couple mentioned here.
    Would recommend 'This is what happy looks like' & 'The statistical probability of love at first sight' if you like YA books. :) x

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  3. I remember being allowed to pick one book from the Scholastic catalogue each time it came out, then you had to wait patiently for a few weeks for it to arrive at school. Often you forgot by the time it arrived, it was the best surprise. Thanks for the tips, I'm going to have to read Eleanor & Park x

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  4. I miss those Scholastic flyers so much! The book fair was one thing I always looked forward to. Can't wait to check some of these books out (especially The Fault in Our Stars, which I've been meaning to read for the past year ><;)

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  5. Oh my gosh! I LOVED those book flyers! I would circle just about everything and know that eventually I'd be heartbroken by having to narrow down my want list. I remember feeling so special getting "gifts" during the school day when my books arrived! Thanks for the recommendations. As an adult, my book want list is still too long! :)

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  6. OH.EM.GEE!!
    I had forgotten about these! I loved the posters. To this day I have a clear memory of the day my mum gave in and said I could start getting the baby sitters club series everytime. So stoked on that still haha.
    That, and I bought the Fault in our stars the other day, and I am super hooked.
    Thanks for the awesome recomendations xx

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  7. Thank you! I'm looking for good summer reads! :)

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  8. Yesss I had been waiting another book recommendation post! I read The Fault in Our Stars and The Age of Miracles based off your prior posts and LOVED them both... downloading a few of these tomorrow!!

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  9. Thank you, thank you! I am in the middle of finals and it is all kind of miserable...but the promise of summer and free time to read for fun...that's getting me through :) Can't wait to try some of these! Brain on Fire sounds fascinating.

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  10. I started to read 'The Fault In Our Stars' but didn't really get into it as I thought. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood to read it. But I know it's going to be a movie, so regardless, I'll find out about it!
    I have read both 'Tell The Wolves I'm Home', and 'The Age of Miracles'. Both books are really wonderful, and I'm glad you either read them, or want to read them!! I just love reading, so any post about books I'm totally into!
    I haven't read 'Eleanor and Park', but that's on my list. I know it's a YA book, which I don't typically read, but I liked her last book, so I want to read that one too.
    And I totally loved the Scholastic Reading time at school! I don't really remember getting many books from it, but I loved getting the little catalogue!

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  11. I've read probably half of these, and admit I love them all as well.
    I'd also recommend "Broken Harbor" or any Tana French book, for that matter. I devoured them this winter.

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  12. We've used the online Scholastic ordering to teach our now 7 year old about money and choices. He goes through the site picking all of the books he wants, then is given a money limit (say $10) so then he has to pare back his selections to fit his budget. It's a fun process that we all benefit from!

    Also, I love some of your recommendations. I ordered Tell the Wolves I'm Home last week and can't wait to dive in!

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  13. The Fault in Our Stars is next on my list after I'm finished with Harry Potter #4. Ha :) I am an audiobook girl though. MUST MULTITASK.

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  14. Oh my goodness - Laurie Notaro makes my stomach hurt from laughing so hard! I brought her book on a plane and found myself laughing so loud it was embarrassing.

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  15. i was just telling someone else about those scholastic tissue paper sheets and i think they thought i was craaaazy to be so giddy over them. so i am glad to know that i am not alone! :)

    totally need to add a few of these on my summer reading list. i even want to re-read fault in our stars esp since the movie is coming out (or so i hear!).

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  16. I read The Age of Miracles after you recommended it before and I can't put into words how much I loved it! I read it over two days, which is unheard of for me, and felt lost when I finished! I'm off to download samples of these RIGHT NOW! xoxo

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  17. I LOVED those fliers! Fun fact: I'm from BC, Canada so apparently they were widely distributed too!:

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  18. I had such a hard time getting through Beautiful Creatures. Ethan is just painful as a narrator.

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  19. Pinning this. So many of these are already in my good reads 'to read' list, so I'm sure the rest are excellent. I LOVED Age of Miracles, but I really needed some potato-chip thing after that to get my mind back out of "what if?" land. Still, the book was so unique and original. Loved it.

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  20. oh, thank you! i am in the middle of a slow, but interesting book about polar bears i heard about on npr and while i am enjoying it i am dreaming of easier, more novel-y books to read next. this list is perfect.

    also, are you on goodreads? i want to add what you add.

    have you read the language of flowers? i haven't read the lighthouse book yet (i have a hold on it at the library) but many of my friends have read it and love the language of flowers after reading it.

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  21. We have extraordinarily similar taste in books, Danielle! I think you would enjoy Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro if you've not read it :)

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  22. Oh! A friend of a friend works for Scholastic Book Clubs. They have a great instagram too. I met her at a party and we had the most incredible hours long chat about how fantastic young adult literature is and how Scholastic is still kicking and the book industry and such. I have a great job (two, really) that I love but I'm still so envious.

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  23. I liked The Fault in Our Stars - it was a good read. Not something I'd usually read though. And Brain on Fire is on my to-read list. Thanks for the recommendations! I'm going to have to check these out.

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  24. I usually agree with you 100% on your book reccomendations, so when this post went up I went straight to the city-wide library website to put some one hold. I found myself getting put 86th in line, and 34th in line and I couldn't help but think "Must be Sometimes Sweet readers. Dani sent them all here, clogging up my library queue!" Although it's probably just good books that people are excited about.
    Thanks for giving me a pile of books to read on my commute!

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  25. I'm 29 years old and still miss the Book Club. It was so exciting to get those flyers and circle all the ones I wanted and then beg my mom to puh-leeeasssseeee let me get 10 books and whatever special pack of books and goodies they had on the back page. Fortunately my mom was a teacher, so she was pretty good about letting me get tons and tons of stuff.

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  26. ahhh what a great memory those little fliers were! my mom would tell me to pick out a few things i wanted and when they came in, they were packaged all together in a rubber band. i LOVED those things :)

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  27. Omg that flier!!! I remember begging my parents to let me order books from there (almost always Goosebumps). Memories! I really want to read Beautiful Creatures. I had never heard of it until I saw the movie trailer. The plot seems right up my alley!

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  28. You guys, you must read everything by Mr. John Green. The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska are my favorites. But the man is an evil genius that will rip your heart out in the best way.

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  29. You guys, you must read everything by Mr. John Green. The Fault in Our Stars and Looking For Alaska are my favorites. But the man is an evil genius that will rip your heart out in the best way.

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  30. i loved the age of miracles so much!! i wish i hadn't already read it, so i could have the experience of reading it for the first time again.

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  32. read LOOKING FOR ALASKA!
    seriously, John Green's best. And I have read all of his books.

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  33. thank you! love these summer book suggestions! just about to graduate from college, so i'm very excited to become a bookworm for books i actually want to read!

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  35. Wow! That scholastic flyer totally brought back memeories too! I feel like I got that exact flyer! I totally remember reading mary anne vs. logan. Haha. I'll need to add these to my growing list of "To Reads"!

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  36. Perfect, I've been craving some recommendations. Some books I loved recently: Room, The Snow Child, and Gone Girl Gone (hopefully EVERYONE has read that one by now!).

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  37. Loved The Fault in Our Stars and Age of Miracles! We are sooo on the same page with YA titles. I also quite liked the Lauren Oliver series that starts with Delirium and the Michael Grant series that started with Gone (this is another range of YA for lower grades, so the writing isn't as amazing but the story is fab). There's been loads of great YA fiction published in the past few years and I am finally catching up with it!

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  38. thanks for all the recommendations! someone told me about the light between oceans last night and I got the word "lighthouse" stuck in my head. I was a little frustrated today when I couldn't find the book on amazon...glad to see it here. Now I have the right title, I am adding it to my wish list :).

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  39. Oooh Scholastic!! I used to LOVE getting those catalogs. I would rarely be allowed to actually buy anything (we were pretty poor) but I usually could find them to read from the library. I recently found a site called openlibrary.org that has a lot of these old books available for electronic check-out -- I even found some of the Babysitter's Club books there! Talk about lots of memories!

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