Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book Bits: Summer Reading List

Book Bits are mini-mini-reviews of books that I either don't have time or inclination to review fully.  However, I have read the entirety of the books I mention.  If you've reviewed any of these books, leave your permalink in the comments so others can check out varying opinions!

Today's list includes books I want to recommend as particularly suited to your summer reading list. What books do you recommend?

A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
May 10th 2007 by Puffin (first published 1996)
Paperback, 416 pages
0142408662 (isbn13: 9780142408667)
rating: 5 of 5 stars
A romance to end all romances, set in Austria just before the war. If you've not read any of Ibbotson's YA romances, just know that my heart is beating a little faster simply thinking about this book. Read this, or any of her others (The Morning Gift, The Reluctant Heiress, A Countess Below Stairs, A Company of Swans). Then come back and thank me!

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
May 4th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
(first published 2010)
Hardcover, 352 pages
1416990658 (isbn13: 9781416990659)
  rating: 4 of 5 stars
I kept waiting for Matson to flub up, to execute some unforgivable writing mistake. This is an author I really want to hate because the book is just that good and I wish I'd written it. Thank heavens, I get to read it. You'll want to, too.

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
AureliaApril 17th 2008 by Puffin (first published April 1st 2008)
Paperback, 288 pages
0142405795 (isbn13: 9780142405796)
  rating: 4 of 5 stars
I came away with a crush on one of the characters, a respect for intelligent, fiesty, romantic, common-sense Aurelia, and a little bit winded from the twist at the ending I didn't see coming (I'm very difficult to surprise.) Also pick up Academy 7 by Osterlund.

The Cardturner : A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar

May 11th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 192 pages
0385736622 (isbn13: 9780385736626)
rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have to say, this was almost better than Holes.  Yeah, it's just that good.  Plus the best explanation of religion/God/spirituality I've possibly ever, ever read.

The Tavernier Stones by Stephen Parrish
May 1st 2010 by MIDNIGHT INK
Paperback, 384 pages
0738720569 (isbn13: 9780738720562)
  rating:5 of 5 stars
I'm obviously biased now (though I wasn't when I wrote my review) since I have become the first of the Tavernier Babes. Still, this is the perfect summer read - not too heady, but not fluff, either. Get it. Read it. And look for the Tavernier Babes 2011 wall calendar, available soon at a blog near you.

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