Hope you had a fabulous Fourth of July and ate a lot of good food! ;) I sure did! But now that the holiday is over, I've got to get back into the stressful swing of things.
Currently, I am throwing a friend of mine a totally nerdy Hobbit/Lord of the Rings themed Sweet 16! It's going to be great and I can't wait to share with you how I pulled it off :)
A day will come when I shall rant about my geeky party plans, but today is not that day! (Please tell me you got that!)
But seriously. Today, I have decided to give you a list of all the books you NEED to read this summer! Just to hold you off until my party post; then you'll want to plan a party and have ZERO time for reading!
I could list a lot of books. A lot. But for now, I'll just give you the necessities to get you going.
"Can you hear Atlantia breathing?
"For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.
"Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths."
This is such a magical little book that simply screams summer! Atlantia has a whimsical, mermaid feel to it and will have you simply begging for more by the end.
"Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong?
"Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, "Swipe" follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn't even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship.
"The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It's almost Logan Langly's 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn't been able to shake the feeling he's being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back.
"When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers?"
For all you adventure and suspense seekers out there. The Swipe series will ALWAYS be a favorite to me... and anyone who reads them, for that matter. Evan Angler has an amazing way of creating a not-so-unrealistic dystopia.
Loveable characters and non-stop action: that's Swipe for ya.
"Scarlett Blaine's life in 1960s Georgia isn't always easy, especially given her parents' financial struggles and the fights surrounding her sister Juli's hippie lifestyle. Then there's her brother, Cliff. While Scarlett loves him more than anything, there's no denying his unique behavior leaves Cliff misunderstood and left out. So when he wishes for a rocket to Jupiter, Scarlett agrees to make it happen, no matter how crazy the idea might be. Raising the rocket money means baking pies, and the farmer's son, Frank, agrees to provide the peaches if Scarlett will help him talk to Juli. The problem is, Scarlett really enjoys her time with Frank, and finds herself wondering if, someday, they could be more than friends. Just as she thinks everything might be going her way, Cliff suffers an accident that not only affects the rocket plans, but shakes Scarlett's view of God. As the summer comes to an end, Scarlett must find a way to regain what she's lost, but also fulfill a promise to launch her brother's dream."
It's basically a book about pie, and pie is like my FAVORITE dessert (but it's tied with milkshakes & just ice cream in general)!
Rachel Coker was published at sixteen years old, so she has always been a major inspiration to me as an aspiring author. She is a beautiful storyteller and an amazing person. I actually got the chance to meet her a while back which was incredible.
"Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her."
This one goes out to the hopeless romantics like myself ;) If you have never read Anne of Green Gables, or even watched the movies, then you should probably do that before continuing to follow my blog. Anyone who knows me, must be exposed to Anne with an E!
(Fun fact: according to Myers-Briggs, Anne is an INFP, just like me!)
"Saddened and unable to abandon her resentment toward the Nazi war machine that took her husband's life, the young and attractive Helen Mason is living a bitter, lonely existence. Betrayed and left for dead, German U-boat officer Lt. Josef Landermann washes ashore in a sleepy town along the northern gulf coast, looking to Helen for survival.
"The Heart Mender is a story of life, loss, and reconciliation, reminding us of the power of forgiveness and the universal healing experience of letting go."
This was a truly amazing story, however, it was a little hard to start. The beginning is so slow but truly remarkable once you get your feet wet.
"Doomed to—or blessed with—eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune."
A classic. This was my mom's favorite book growing up and I fell in love with it, too! I am determined to name one of my daughters Winnie :)
Enjoy your next library trip!