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Teen Board Question - June 2016

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - June 2016

With the days rapidly getting longer and warmer, we at Teenreads have one very important thing on our minds: summer reading! We don't just mean the books you're assigned to read for school, but the ones you wait all year to enjoy just for the fun of it. With our sunglasses on and our sunblock applied, we asked our Teen Board Members about their summer reading plans, from treasured re-reads to books they've waited all year to read.  Check out their answers below!


I kicked off my summer reading with Ilana Manaster's DOREEN, a brilliant twist on THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, which not only wowed me in its own right, but also reminded me of how much I love YA retellings of the classics! On that note, I can't wait to read Bethany Griffin's MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (an expansion on the Edgar Allan Poe story of the same name), April Lindner's JANE (a JANE EYRE modernization starring a college dropout-turned-nanny), and Andi Adams' THE GIRL IN THE GLASS BOX (my former English teacher's bleak reimagining of Snow White). --- Alison S.

Every summer I spend a month with my best friend. Instead of bringing my own books to camp we each being some of the best pieces of literature we read during the last year and trade with each other. I am so excited to see what she brought for me this time! --- Aliza M.

I honestly won't be able to read much this summer due to a lot of plans. Most of my reading time will be spent on assigned readings such as THE GRAPES OF WRATH and THE CRUCIBLE as well as any books I'm assigned to review for this program. --- Alyssa L.

This summer I actually want to expand my literary genres. After picking up YA books for most of the year, I wanted to change that up a bit. So, after browsing at my local bookstore, I found that I was inclined to read more real-world themed books like FREAKONOMICS and THE ALCHEMIST --- books that would carry out deep, provoking discussion with anyone. --- Ariel G.

Sometime this month my mom, my step-dad and I are going to Texas for a family reunion. From where I live, that's a four hour drive so with me I'll be taking the final book inThe Heroes of Olympus book series, THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS. Last year when I left eighth grade I decided it was finally time for me to read Percy Jackson and the Olympians since I didn't while I was in elementary school. Since then, Rick Riordan has been my go to summer reads author. Sometime this summer I want to read Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES and THE ROSE SOCIETY. Marie Lu is my most favorite author ever, she could write a cookbook and I'd read it (I may even burn my house down trying to cook, but yolo). I don't really know what books I'm going to read for sure; when I go to the bookstore I'm more of an impulse buyer if I'm not currently reading a series. --- Asia H.

I want this summer to be different. Past summers I have been lazy and monotonous with how I spend my days, but this summer is going to be exciting. I have already started some good habits --- going to the gym every morning, working at my local ice cream shop, hanging out with friends --- so I want to start good reading habits, too. I haven't been reading a ton because of work, but I would like to read maybe 35 books and catch up on my reading challenge, which I am very behind on. I'd also like to delve more into literary fiction and some nonfiction this summer. Honestly, the nonfiction will consist of biographies of Founding Fathers because I am obsessed with Hamilton --- a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, if you didn't know. I now have feelings about George Washington that I never thought I would have. The YA books I have read recently have been great, but I need something new. I am hoping some fabulous award-winning literary fiction and biographies of my right-hand man Hamilton will help. --- Bryn D.

I’m hoping to read a lot this summer! I go to the beach a lot, so that's where I get most of my reading done. I’m hoping to read a lot of fantasy this summer because I haven’t been reading as much in that genre as I would like to be. I’m going to Iceland at the end of June, which seems like a giant fantasy setting, so I think that fits perfectly. I’m also going to read contemporaries like TO ALL THE BOYS I LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han in a book club my friends made! My biggest goal of the summer is to erase my biggest sin as a reader: not reading Harry Potter. I know, I’m terrible. I’m hoping to marathon the whole series in July. I’m worried about my reading, though, because I have to read FOUR books for summer work. Three of them are classics for my AP English class, THE GREAT GATSBY, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and THE GRAPES OF WRATH, so I’m interested to read those. Overall, I want to knock them out of the way so I can read what I want. --- Brynn S.

I'll be reading anything Uncle Riordan writes, as well as some old material from J.K.Rowling, J.R.R.Tolkien and the new and old books by John Flanagan. How I wish that the Carver Edlund (A.K.A. Chuck!) "Supernatural" books were real, I would quite literally devour them. But, that's all on my radar! --- Cat S.

This summer I'm looking forward to reading A WORLD WITHOUT YOU by Beth Revis, because it sounds interesting and unlike any other book I've read before. I also plan on rereading all of the Lemony Snicket books in preparation for finally reading WHY IS THIS NIGHT DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER NIGHTS?, the final book in Snicket's latest series (which I have put off reading until now). I plan on going to Vermont, so I'll have plenty of time to read over the summer! My school does require reading for incoming freshman, but the book title has not been released yet, so I am also looking forward to reading that as well. --- Chris C.

This summer I am planning on reading as much as I can. A few of my goals include reading all of the books in A Song of Ice and Fire, and I have already finished A GAME OF THRONES, which I am so happy about. I also plan to do a lot of re-reads this summer in preparation for fall releases, like THRONE OF GLASS and SNOW LIKE ASHES. I would also love to marathon some series like The Seven Realms series. I love reading fantasy in the summer because I have time to get into the world. I do have one book for school that I have to read, ETHAN FROME --- and I have to answer more questions than there are pages in the book. I am so excited about my reading plans for this summer! --- Grace P.

As an avid reader, I know that there will be a lot of pages turning for me this summer. Whether it's exploring for new books at the library, reading on Wattpad or rereading old books. But I do know for sure, that I will be rereading the Percy Jackson series, as it is my favorite. I also recently started getting interested in French, so maybe a couple books in that field. I love mythology and I know there are so many other stories I haven't read yet. This summer, I'm making myself more open minded toward books. I'm going to explore genres I don't really read, books that usually don't interest me. I'm going to explore. --- Hafsah K.

I was a bit presumptuous when planning my summer reading this year, but I just want to read so many books! A lot of what is on my list falls under the young adult contemporary genre, but I like to read with the seasons so summer is definitely the time for a bit of romance. I recently picked up THE SUMMER OF SLOANE by Erin L. Schneider to read, and so far I am loving it! This book is about a girl who is crushed after her best friend reveals her secret to her, but she hopes to piece back her heart and mind by spending the summer with her mom and twin brother in Hawaii. I also plan to read some of the books that I have bought in the past year, so that my TBR pile can shrink a bit, but who am I kidding? That's literally impossible. My number one book to read has definitely got to be THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan, the start of a new series revolving around Apollo, not only because it remind me of my childhood, but because Riordan never fails to make me laugh. Finally, there's the dreaded summer reading I must do for my literature class. Except this year --- although I have to read five books --- I feel like I'm going to enjoy most of them, especially Homer's THE ODYSSEY, which will be a reread for me, and WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR by Guptill Manning since I'm a huge history junkie. Overall, I am very excited to read all the books I have planned this summer, and I'm hoping to start right away! --- Harleen K.

This summer, I plan to do a lot of catch-up reading. I have a billion books on my TBR pile that I just haven't got to. Since summer is a slow time for publishing, this is a great time to do it! That said, I am going to ALA this summer, and I can't wait to dig in to all those new ARCs! Luckily, I don't have any summer reading this summer, which will be a nice change. I'm also going to GeekyCon in July, and they're having a midnight release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so I'll probably be reading that sooner rather than later. But seriously, I've got 5+ books on my nightstand alone. That TBR pile has got to go! --- Isabel C.

This summer, I plan to do a lot of new reading and some rereading. Since I am finished with high school, I don't have any assigned reading for the first summer in a long time, which is nice. Still, I have been having a hard time choosing what I want to read. I want to read lots of new young adult fiction that I didn't have time for during the school year, but I also want to read some more classic literature to keep my brain thinking. I also want to reread the Harry Potter series in full because I haven't done that in a while, but I know it will be extremely time consuming. --- Janine C.

I have big summer reading plans for 2016! Now that school’s out, I’m excited to read the books that I bought and put away for when I have time to enjoy them. Though I do have summer reading for school, I want to enjoy my first few weeks of vacation by reading some novels of my choice, like IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini, COME BACK TO ME by Mila Gray and DID I MENTION I LOVE YOU? by Estelle Maskame. I definitely have a lot of romance novels lined up, and I can’t wait to read them. For school, I have to pick a few classics, such as THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I want to make sure I thoroughly understand what I have to read for my classes, but I also want to have enough time to relax and pick up a book that I can just read for fun. --- Juliette G.

Getting ready for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD is so incredibly exciting! Naturally I am planning on re-reading the books (including the first and second book in the series in Spanish!), but I also would love to do more! I recently got the Harry Potter coloring book and find it's a great stress reliever. Another option to prepare is to re-watch the movies. Most importantly, I talk about the books with my sister, who loves the Harry Potter series as well! Sharing theories about the new book, our favorite parts in the original novels, and feeling all the emotions again is so much fun! --- Kate F.

This summer I’m reading strategically --- during the school year it can be tough to get one book in, let alone several, so I tend to read standalone novels --- now I have ample time and opportunity to devour all the series that I want! I plan to finally get around to the Mortal Instruments series (I know, I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read the books yet either!), The Raven Cycle series, and maybe even tackle the much-praised Game of Thrones series…of course, all while managing to fit in my assigned reading, too. Through school-assigned summer reading, I’m taking on the challenge of reading a book in another language all on my own, and I’m actually super excited --- it’s called MAIGRET EN AUVERGNE, and although daunting (it actually contains two separate stories), it looks very interesting. I’m also looking forward to having books to occupy my sometimes tediously idle travel schedule; between college visits and an exciting trip to Chile to see where my Grandfather grew up, I’m going to make sure to pack novels in abundance. There’s no denying that summer is prime reading time, and I’m hoping to get my fill of great books! --- Laura T.

I'm hoping I'll have a lot more time to read this summer, as I haven't had much time at all this school year. That being said, I'm excited to read THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir, which is a book I've been planning to read since last summer! --- Leanna R.

During the school year it seemed like I hardly had any time for reading. My list of books to read just kept growing bigger. However, now that I have ample amounts of free time, I can finally start crossing books off of my list. First off is the book WINTER by Marissa Meyer. The book came out months ago, but I’m just now getting around to reading it. Other than that, there are a lot of books that are being released this summer that I’m looking forward to. For example, the Lorien Legacies and Brotherband Chronicles both have new books coming out in the next few weeks. In all, I’m sure these books will keep me very busy this summer. --- Levi V.

One series I'm working my way through this summer is the Harry Potter series; I know, I'm a little late to join the bandwagon but I'm on the fifth book and really enjoying it so far! Besides that, I'm looking forward to the fifth book in The Land of Stories series, AN AUTHOR'S ODYSSEY by Chris Colfer which comes out July 12th! The first four books were really exciting and the fourth one ended on a cliffhanger so I'm eager to read the next installment in the series. I'm required to read two books for school as well as a book in Spanish for the Spanish IV course I'll be taking. I usually binge-read these to get them over with quickly and then read books for enjoyment in between so I don't get bored. One thing I love about summer is that I have a lot more time to read for fun! --- Maggie L.

During summer I always try to dedicate at least an hour a day to enjoyable reading. As for what I read I always think the light and breezy weather of summer is perfect for a light and breezy book. With that being said my two most anticipated reads are Stephanie Perkins: MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME, and Kasie West: P.S. I LIKE YOU. Happy reading! --- Megan B.

Summer is usually my time to read and relax, mostly because I don't usually go on vacation or travel anywhere exotic. Because of my unchanging surroundings, I often like to experience change and excitement through books. I'm often too impatient to wait on a new book release, so I end up going to my local library and playing my favorite game: Blind Date with a Book! I typically pick a random number, and choose a book from that particular shelf in the library. I have many of my favorite books through this system, and I would urge anyone to try it as you never really know what you're going to get. Typically in the summer, I tend to gravitate toward the romance section because the summertime is the perfect time to kick back and envelop yourself in a good romance novel (just like the winter, fall, and springtimes!). However, this summer, I have decided to read up on advances in astrophysics and previous Apollo missions for my required reading over the summer.  --- Vaishnavi S.