Summer Reads

This summer has given me an opportunity to read more, as I’ve only been working part-time. So, I decided to share some of my summer reading picks, some of which are new and some of which are books I decided to revisit.

  1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Tuck Everlasting is one of my all time favourite books, so I tend to reread it a lot. It’s a short read that will make you think about if immortality is really worth pursuing.
  2. Grunt by Mary Roach. While I haven’t started this book yet, it seems very intriguing. Grunt is supposed to be a behind the scenes look at how science solves soldiers’ everyday problems, like boredom. I like learning more about the science and technology behind armies, so I’m sure it’ll be a great read.
  3. Doomed Queens by Kris Waldherr. If you’ve always been interested in queens or princesses, especially ones that had untimely ends, this is the book for you. The book is surprisingly detailed for how many queens it covers, from ancient civilizations to the present.
  4. World War II: The Autobiography edited by Jon E. Lewis. This book is a collection of firsthand accounts from world leaders and those on the front lines in World War II, divided mainly by theatre of war and period(s) of the war. I didn’t find it as interesting as its equivalent The Beauty and The Sorrow, which is World War I firsthand accounts, but it’s worth a read if you like military history.
  5. Ducks Redux by Lorene Shyba and C.D. Evans. One of our family friends is an author and gave me the privilege of reading a draft of her new YA book. It’s an interesting story about oil, greed, and dangerous politics out West. It won’t be out until later this year in e-book format, but until then, I’d recommend checking out Lore’s other books here.
  6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I like revisiting this book on my Kindle since it speaks to a lot of hurdles you go through as a (geeky) young adult. The book explores leaving home for university, what good writing is, and first loves intertwined with the value of fandoms.
  7. The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. I’ve always had a fondness for Richelle Mead’s books, so I was delighted when she started a new series. The first book in the series is about a noblewoman who pretends to be a servant in order to make it over to the New World. I’ve read this once so far, but my plan is to revisit it before the end of the summer.

What books are you guys reading this summer? I’d love to see your suggestions in the comments so I can add books to my new bookshelf!

-Mel.

MelissaAyc

I'm a recent graduate currently living in Calgary, Alberta. You can usually find me with a cup of coffee in one hand while reading a pile of books or planning my next big project. I'm curious about many things - including history, photography, and travelling. You can find me writing away at couragetocontinue13.com.

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