Summer Reading Picks

One of the things I love about summer is that I’m able to read a lot. I lean toward mysteries and modern fiction. This summer, I branched out a little and read a few young adult books, which were really good.  Below are several lists of recommended books. Some are for parents, others are for kids, and some are for everyone. The children/teen/tween list my two kids helped me compile. It’s a list of their favorite books, from grade school to high school. We had a fun time creating it. I hope you find some books you enjoy. Happy reading!

Books on parenting:

How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood by Foster Cline & Jim Fay

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Stixrud

Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood  by Lisa Damour


Suggested Summer Reading – these have been my favorite reads so far this summer:

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (13+)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn series) by Matthew FitzSimmons

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (13+)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Favorite reads from previous summers:

Awakening, Sacrifice (two books) by Sarah Bolton

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Children, Teen, & Tween Book Suggestions (from my two teens):

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (15+)

Eleanor & Park (14+), Fangirl (14+) by Rainbow Rowell

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (12+)

First Light by Rebecca Stead (8+)

Grass Angel by Julie Schumacher (10+)

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (10+)

Milkweed (11+), Stargirl (10+) by Jerri Spinelli

Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt (12+)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (12+)

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (14+)

Stardust (13+), The Graveyard Book (9+) by Neil Gaiman

Tangerine by Edward Bloor (11+)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (13+)

The Cardturner: A Novel about a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar (12+)

The Schwa Was Here by Neal Schusterman (10+)

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sky is Everywhere (15+) & I’ll Give You The Sun (14+) by Jandy Nelson

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (10+)

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (10+)

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (13+)

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