The Perfect Summer Reading List, with Danielle!

Hi there! Danielle here, from Sometimes Sweet!  When Moorea asked me to guest post here, I was beyond excited- I love her blog and I was so happy to share some of my favorite books with all of you! I'm a high school English teacher turned stay-at-home mom, and even though I'm not in the classroom talking about literature everyday, I still make time to read each evening before I go to bed. I'm a total bookworm, and love talking all things books.
And when summer rolls around, I find myself wanting to read even more. Maybe it has something to do with the library's summer book programs I used to participate in as a kid, or maybe it has something to do with all the free time summer vacation used to bring, but I definitely can't complain when my passion for reading is kicked up a notch.

So, here are four picks for summer reading! Enjoy!

1. The Hunger Games
This is a very popular book right now due to it's upcoming release as a film, and it really does live up to it's hype! It has a little something for everyone; a dystopian society, love, loss, violence, suspense, and hope. I won't say too much, but I will say that if you haven't read this yet, you are missing out. This is the first of three books in the series and it's a wonderful pick for a summer read, or even a book club.

2. Swallow the Ocean
In a nutshell, Swallow the Ocean is about a girl growing up with a paranoid schitzophrenic mother. It's heart breaking, it's uplifting, it's bizarre. I'd say this is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a well-written memoir.

3. She's Come Undone
Trust me when I say that once you start this book you won't be able to stop. The main character, Dolores Price, is unforgettable, and I found myself laughing and crying right along with her as she navigated herself through life's ups and downs. The story follows Dolores as she learns how to survive despite some very tall odds stacked against her.

4. The Glass Castle
This is another memoir, and one of my favorite books. It's about the life of a young girl, growing up with parents who embraced non-conformity to the extreme, and it details the incredibly tough and unpredictable life this created for her and her three siblings. Part heart-wrenching, part so interesting you can't put it down, this book is at the very top of my summer re-reading list, always.

Happy reading! :)


Bridget said...

so i'll admit the hunger games sounded odd to me at first but now i'm a bit fascinated and i think i need to give it a try! thanks, danielle!

Michelle Porth said...

The Glass Castle is so worth the read! Definitely one of my favorites. Good list of summer reads :)

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Such great picks! I haven't read The Glass Castle, but I definitely will now. I just read The Hunger Games a few weeks ago. I finished it in one afternoon, since I couldn't put it down!

Heather Marie said...

The Hunger Games were amazing! I can't wait to check out the others. I *heart* reading. ;)

emma basilone said...

I just read the Hunger Games and they are incredible!! Seriously amazing!


Carrie Rosalind said...

Thanks for the recommendations! I just picked up Hunger Games yesterday and can't wait to start reading it!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

The Hunger Games is so worth every bit of its hype. It was famous before there was even talk of a movie which is saying quite a bit, if you ask me. I've heard of the others here, but haven't read them yet so I'll definitely have to look into them. Also, heading on over to Danielle's blog immediately... must find out more about another book-lover, there are too few! So glad you included this in your road-trip series, Morrea! & I hope you're doing much better after what all went down the other day concerning your post/jewelry/comments.

Sarah with Love said...

I havent read any of these books, a visit to the library is in order i think!

Anonymous said...

The Glass Castle was fantastic. Hunger Games fell flat. I didn't even finish it. Nothing happens in the first five chapters, except that Katniss gets picked.

Johanna said...

I added these to my Goodreads list. Excellent.

HammBone said...

I loved "she's come undone"...totally unexpected.