Summer is hands down my favorite season and I could give you a long list of the reasons why, but instead let me just tell you one reason. I love to read! And summer is when I read more than any other time. Somehow the lazy days of summer make for good reading conditions for me. And it’s not just me. On any given afternoon if you came to my house, amid the beach towels and Legos and crackers all over the floor (man it’s hard to keep things clean with the kids home!), you would likely find someone reading. My boys all LOVE to read too and most afternoons that’s what they are doing. Today I have joined with several other bloggers to give you ideas of how to unplug your kids for the rest of this summer. For us, that’s reading, so I am sharing some of our favorite reads. Mine, theirs, maybe I will even throw in one or two of my husband’s.
Now, before I get started with the reading recommendations, let me say a few things.
Second, I’ve got a giveaway for you!!! One lucky winner is going to get $50 to Barnes and Noble or Amazon (your choice) so that you can grab some of these great books!
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Third, be sure to check out some other great ideas to help your kids unplug this summer AND enter to win each of these giveaways as well!
Now, for the book recommendations!
Favorite Books for Women:
Here are some of my favorite recent reads:
Let’s start with how I spent the month of July. I started and finished this entire trilogy. It starts with The Selection, then The Elite and The One. Think The Hunger Games but without the violence. They are perfectly cheesy and perfectly dreamy. Just the kind of book that you can grab and get lost in because it’s so easy to read and just plain fun. (And they are like $5 on Amazon!)
And as soon as you finish those three, you will want to grab The Heir. It’s not quite the same series, but it’s related. Takes place 20 years later. It’s not quite as good as the first three, but still, once you are hooked on those three, you will want to read this one too! (And you should know, once you are hooked, there are Novellas that go along with the series too. All kinds of reading options!)
Another great one that I read recently was Orphan Train. I love historical fiction and I love stories that tie something from the past with something with the present. This one tells the story of a girl who was orphaned and sent West to be adopted in the 1920s and that story coincides with the story of a foster girl today. It’s a beautifully written story. (Just one word of warning-quite a bit of bad language in this one.)
And a story with a similar feel to Orphan Train, The Language of Flowers is one that flashes back and forth from past to present but in this one it is all one girl’s story. It’s also beautifully written and one of my favorites.
This one’s kind of crazy (and fun!). Think Jack the Ripper, but in ghost form. This is another of those kind of books that are easy and fast paced to read and just for fun. There’s a trilogy on this one too and they are all about ghosts in London and the people who can see them. The first book is called The Name of the Star:
And how about one more series? Have you read the Matched series? It’s another dystopian society series-kind of reminded me of The Giver. There are three books in this one and I will tell you that in this series (I don’t feel like this is always true), they get better as they go! Starts with Matched:
I could keep going but let me just do one more good one that I read recently. Hattie Big Sky is a Newberry book that is classic Newberry. Teen coming of age, but it takes place in 1918 out in Montana as a girl struggles to be a grown up. I loved the characters and friendships in this one!
Favorite Books for Kids:
OK, how about a few of my boys’ favorites now?
My two older have been devouring Harry Potter this summer, but you didn’t need that recommendation. You already know that’s a great series-right? Others they have loved include Spirit Animals. This series is fun because each book is written by a different author! They are all favorite, popular authors and they have all come together to create this series. My 12 year old and 10 year old have both loved it!
Others they love include the Percy Jackson series. This one is about a boy who is the son of a Greek God. There are 5 books in this series and my boys loved them all.
And then once they finished that they went on to The Heroes of Olympus series by the same author. It’s another 5 book series all about Greek Gods.
My 10 year old has been reading a lot of books by Dan Gutman. He’s got a variety of books. He has a bunch called “The Million Dollar ___” (fill in the blank with strike, goal, shot, or other sporty word. And he’s got some about baseball players like Babe and Me or Honus and Me. I think my 10 year old has probably read just about all of these this summer:
And my 7 year old loves The Magic Treehouse. I am guessing most of you have discovered these already, but just in case you haven’t, they are a huge series (like over 50 books and still going) that are very easy reads. They each have a different theme like the Civil War or Egypt and the two characters in the book travel through their magic treehouse to these times and places and learn all about them. Kids can read them in any order really.
This is one that I have already read and started reading aloud to my kids this summer. It’s The Penderwicks-a story of 4 girls and their dad and their summer adventures. (Also more books in this series as well.) My kids have loved it so far!
OK, so those are some of our recent favorites!
Now, who would like to win the $50 to buy books!?