YOUR summer reading list

When I was in junior high I wrote this post for my empty blog that nobody ever read. Looking back, I still stand by every single reccomendation on this list. So here it is, the orginial list with a few edits (because I was just absolutely and emmbarassingly indifferent to the rules of grammar in junior high).

The summer is approaching. Three months for relaxation, unexpected adventures, and (most of all) stepping into other worlds through fantastic fiction. There is no better time to read than summer. In fact, I’m convinced that everyone should have a summer reading list. If you haven’t started yours yet, here are some ideas to get you started:

The Chronicles of Prydain – Lloyd Alexander



These are my favorite bits of fantasy that I’ve ever read. I’d choose these over Narnia or Lord Of The Rings any day of the week. No joke. Tis a dirty old shame that 1. they are not half as well known as they deserve to be. 2. Many people who I’ve given them to gave up after the first or second chapter ( I admit, they start out a bit slow, but perservere my friends and you shall be rewarded with the adventure of a lifetime!) and 3. Disney COMPLETELY FAILED at attempting an animated version. Seriously folks, don’t even bother watching the trailer.

If you are afraid of getting stuck in the summer doldrums, particularly if you are stuck at home while your friends and neighbors fly away onto all kinds of fantastic and expensive vacations, these may be the perfect cure. At the very least, you will make fictional friends that will stay with you forever.
Me, Myself, and Bob – Phil Vischer


Remember Veggietales? Please tell me you do. What ever happened to the company whose talking veggietables lit up our childhoods? Founder Phil Vischer spills the beans in this hilarious and strikingly honest memoir of the rise and fall of BigIdea. My family all read this one summer and had a fun time discussing it together. In the words of my favorite veggetable,

“I laughed, I cried, it moved me bob.” -Larry the Cucumber

In fact, it was one of the most honest, genuine, and moving memoirs I’ve ever read.

Now We Are Six – A.A. Milne

Remember Pooh Bear? Remember piglet? Step right back into childhood with this beautiful collection of hilarious poems. Come on, everybody deserves a break from the world of stress and complications. A.A. Milne is an amazing writer – if you don’t believe me try reading his rant on celery and cheese.

Uprising – Margaret Peterson Haddix

Haddix is undoubtedly one of my favorite modern day authors. I am not one to hop into a science fiction book, but Haddix can take really weird stories and somehow make it all work ( Ex. The Missing series, Running Out of Time, Double Identity, etc…). When I found out that she wrote a Historical Fiction, I was pretty stoked. It is realistic- no happy-go-lucky or fairytale-ness to be found. But sometimes that is what we need. Not every book has to end with and they lived happily ever after. This is one book that has inspired me and stayed with me for many many years.
The Penderwicks – Jeanne Birdsall

The epitome of fun summer adventure, this book follows four crazy sisters on their lil adventures. I love how ordinary the girls lives are and yet how extraordinary and exciting each tale seems. I highly highly recommend listening to this on audio tape.
There it is, at least the beginning of your summer reading list. I admit, we don’t have the same reading interests. But these books are good for almost anyone. They are fun and they are short. You should try. No excuses. And remember to record your reading time and win prizes from your local library! 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

2 thoughts on “YOUR summer reading list”

  1. This makes my bookish heart happy. THE PENDERWICKS AND WINNIE THE POOH AND VEGGIETALES QUOTES. 😀 I love it! a series better then Lord of the Rings, you say? I'm suspicious. But Lloyd Alexander is a truly brilliant author, so I can see how that might be possible. MIGHT. I guess I'll have to check those out:) Thanks for stopping by Curious Ramblings


  2. Summer is a time for nostalgic joys, no? People are often skeptical of Pyrdian before starting, but I say go for it. I'm quite sure that you will enjoy them.


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