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:
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.
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.
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.