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Teen Board Question - June 2017, Part 1

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Teen Board Question - June 2017, Part 1

Summer break is finally here and we’re finalizing our vacation TBRs with all of the beach reads, fantasies and highly buzzworthy titles we've been hearing about for months. We know that many schools assign a summer reading lists for their students, so we decided to ask our Teen Board members which books they would put on assigned reading lists if they were in charge. Read below to learn about the books they think every teen should read this summer.

My summer reading list would include some of my favorite books: VICIOUS by VE Schwab because every student should learn to love antiheroes and SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo because summer should be filled with action and adventure and magic. I would have to add in a classic YA book: THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST because it's angsty and confused and gorgeous. --- Wren L.

My summer reading list would definitely have THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner. I remember being so hooked on the first book and then never having time for the second one. Another book (well series) would be the Babysitter's Club: High School Edition. It's a children's series but my gosh I love them! I hear the drama gets intense in that series. For now that would be it. --- Flor H.

1. A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN by Sarah J. Maas --- I am about 200 pages into this amazing book, and I would very much like to finish it by the end of the summer.

2. MY NAME IS MEMORY by Ann Brashares --- This romantic and time-jumping novel is exactly what I am going to need when it is too hot to leave the house.

3. WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson --- This novel is actually a required read for me this summer, but I have been wanting to read it for quite a while. I can't wait to dive into this acclaimed classic.

4. LADY OF MIDNIGHT by Cassandra Clare --- Though I received this massive book a while ago, I have not had time to read it. Hopefully this summer will finally be the right time to dig into this hunk of a book.

5. Finally, THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zenter --- This was one of the most acclaimed YA novels of last year and has been on my TBR since then. I hope it will be the perfect read to pass the time. --- Bryn D.

My perfect summer reading list would, first of all, include THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is definitely my all time favorite classic and I’m obsessed with the writing style. I also think that if we wanted to go the YA route, anything by Morgan Matson, Kasie West, and Stephanie Perkins would be ideal since most of their books are fast-paced and great for effortless vacation reading. --- Taylor F.

1. RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles --- As a lover of the gilded age, I was drawn to RULES OF CIVILITY; Towles' debut novel made me fall in love, break my heart, and fall in love again in a short span of 400 pages. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoy Jeffrey Archer or F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

2. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas --- Believe it or not, Maas' Throne of Glass series was the first series to ever really grab my full attention. Its magical world and imaginative story telling really drew me in, and I love re-experiencing the magic in her stories. 

3. MRS DALLOWAY by Virginia Woolf: This book requires annotating, because the complex yet beautiful prose will be difficult to understand at first. This is, though, one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I have ever read. The way Woolf masterfully uses language here is awe-inspiring. While this is a slow read, I enjoyed every minute of it. --- Rachel D.

For me personally, summer is a good time to tackle those enormous books that you were too intimidated to pick up during the school year with all the homework and tests and projects going on. That being said, summer is a perfect time to pick up ILLUMINAE and GEMINA by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. These are the first two books in a sci-fi trilogy and they are my all time favorite reads. On the same note about long books, SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo is also perfect for the summer! It can be hard to focus on fantasy during the school year, especially ones like SIX OF CROWS but with all of the free time you have in the summer, it’s perfect timing. But of course, summer is also the perfect time for super cute contemporary reads, so the last book I’d put on my summer reading list is DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating. DREAMOLOGY has all of the cute contemporary vibes but with a little magic realism twist. --- Brynn S.

1. THE UNLIKELIES by Carrie Firestone --- This is the most recent book I have read, and it encapsulates the adventurous and exciting summer that everyone hopes to have. If you are looking for a book filled with spontaneity, taking risks, trying new things, and a close group of friends all intent on doing good, this book is for you! It has a light feeling while also touching on other tougher topics as well, and is definitely the perfect book for the beach.

2. MY LADY JANE by Jodi Meadows, Cynthia Hand, and Brodi Ashton --- If you haven't picked up this book yet, summer is the time. Though it is long, the book moves quickly and is ridiculously funny! The characters complement each other so well, and the book provides perfect entertainment throughout. It would be great for a long car ride (That is, if you don't get carsick)!

3. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon --- Although I'm not quite done with this book yet, I can see that this cute romance would definitely be perfect for reading outside this summer. The story is set at a summer web development program, where Dimple meets Rishi - and finds out that their parents arranged for them to meet, in the hopes of them falling in love. What could possibly go wrong?

4. SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolcser --- This book is the coming-of-age story of Caroline, as she has to deliver secret cargo down the river. Featuring pirates, espionage, river creatures, and a touch of romance , this is another great book for July and August, both exciting and unique, and great for getting you out of a summer reading slump. --- Rachel R.

I would include GONE WITH THE WIND, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (I actually reread this book every summer because I love it so much!), IN COLD BLOOD, and I am in the middle of INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE and I am loving every terrifying minute of it! --- Lauren H.

Books that would make my summer reading list are not limited to a set of five or more books. Instead, I love to usually borrow new books from the library that are usually in the genres of young adult mystery, fiction or fantasy. After reading a book like that, I choose any classics, switching between action and these other types of appreciated novels. I don't plan out which books to borrow, instead I let fate and the thoughts of the world decide on which book my eyes will lay on next. --- Jeremy H.

If I was in charge of things, I would give out this summer reading list: EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone because it's a marvelous story of how people can change for the better even if it means leaving others behind; EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IS NOT RUINED by Danielle Younge-Ullman because it's a remarkable tale of a girl finding herself after a challenging life; THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald because it is an American classic about chasing dreams; and SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb because it's an inspirational story of a woman overcoming trauma and finally believing in herself. All of these books together create a sense of fulfilling dreams and overcoming challenges. That's what I see summer for, so this reading list would be perfect for me. --- Ashley D.

There are so many books I would love to put on a summer reading list!

1. ROOK by Sharon Cameron --- I love reading books with highly intelligent main characters. It motivates me to work harder. ROOK has some crazy smart characters, and is also centered in a reimagined Paris. The creativity of the novel is amazing, and not only would it interest readers, I think it would inspire them as well.

2. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas --- This series is currently five novels long, but I have a feeling once readers finish the first novel, they'll devour the others! I am a huge fan of everything Sarah J. Maas writes, but this series is all about finding out who you are and what your purpose is. It's such an inspirational series and will hopefully encourage readers to not just sit on their butts all summer, but do something that will make the world around them better, whether it be volunteering at a soup kitchen or going on a trip to help others.

3. THE THINGS THEY CARRIED by Tim O'Brien --- This book is a series of war stories told by a veteran of the Vietnam war. I read this book for my literature class and it blew me away. The stories are honest and, truthfully, they horrified me. As a teenager, I am so far removed from what our soldiers go through. This book opened my eyes to what it truly means to serve our country and I think it is a very important book for everyone to read.

4. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor --- This novel tackles real issues in society in a beautiful, fantastical world. Past readers of Laini Taylor know very well that anything she writes is going to be whimsical and very creative. STRANGE THE DREAMER is no different, but she also addresses discrimination.

5. A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens --- Of course I had to include a classic! This novel was a classic I actually enjoyed reading. In my opinion, the story is timeless and heartbreaking. Plus, most people will have to read this novel at least once for a class so you may as well knock tout in the summer! --- Kate F.

This summer, I have a bunch of sequels I want to read: THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER, CROOKED KINGDOM, AFTER YOU, etc. I also want to look at some fantasies that I didn't read this year like THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Plus there is always required reading for school! --- Rebecca D.

1. WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT by April Genevieve Tucholke --- Tucholke is the author of own of my all time favorite books, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. Her writing style is so unique and entices readers with the concepts and story lines in her books. I heard about WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT through the Bookstagram community and have been dying to read it.
2. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon --- This book is my favorite book, no doubt about it. The story line is one that many can connect to, even though it may not be in the ways you might expect. Including a forbidden romance and family drama, this book would be the perfect summer read for anyone looking to kick back and relax with a fun, but still meaningful book.

3. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling --- As much as I am in love with the movies, it’s embarrassing to admit that I have never actually finished reading the series. During the school year it is so hard to find time to read the books uninterrupted, but now that I’m on break I will finally have the time to finish all of the amazing books in the series. --- Mikenzie R.

1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee --- This classic is a must-read for all high school students. It's most important theme, innocence, can teach young readers a thing or two about acceptance and society.

2. GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee --- Because of Lee's death last year, I think it's important to celebrate her life by reading her second and most recent book. 

3. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell --- Many teens would enjoy this well-known romance book about first love, especially considering the age of the characters in the book.

4. IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY by Ned Vizzini --- The book, which was later created into a movie, teaches teens the importance of mental health while adding an appropriate amount of humor. --- Juliette G.

I like to think of summer as a way to learn more about topics that you love. Often during school, I don't have time to do anything other than my school work and my assignments. So I like to take the summer to read about the things I am genuinely interested in. As for fiction, I have taken a liking to reading something different than the stereotypical "beach read" (you know, the realistic fiction that leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy afterwards). The summer allows me to spend hours cooped up in my room in a different world; the perfect time to read something that will make me think and ponder. My list of summer TBRs for this year includes (in no particular order):

1. THE POPE AND MUSSOLINI: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise OF Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer --- This seems like an amazing book to read in case you are ever in a situation where you need to make small talk. Don't know what to talk about? Just bring up Pope Pius XI and Mussolini! I have started reading this book 

2. THE POISONWOOD BIBLE by Barbara Kingslover --- I first heard about this book when my 10th grade teacher recommended it to be. I started reading it but for some reason or another, I never finished it. I do not remember what I read so I am excited to read it!

3. TIMEKEEPER by Tara Sim --- Alternate Universe/Victorian is perfect to transport myself into a world that is so different that where I am right now (especially because I am in the middle of Texas). 

4. THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood --- I am a firm believer that everyone needs a little Margaret Atwood in their life and what perfect way to do so than this one?

5. A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrick Backman --- A friend of mine gave me a copy to read but I never got around to it. I've heard it's a bit of a sad read however so I am prepared with lots of tissues! --- Pranshu A.

If I had to pick books for a summer reading list I would probably choose PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, because it's just a light and fun book, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon, it's a really uplifting coming of age story that carries the message of family and being who you are, and A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hoseinni, I actually read this book for school and LOVED it. It Carey's a really powerful message about how far one goes to protect their family and it's just a really amazing book. --- Zoe I.

My fellow classmates aren’t as avid of readers as I am, but I think three books that would be good to assign for summer reading (considering I am going to be a sophomore next year) are THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, THE REPORT CARD by Andrew Clements, and another self-chosen book. I chose THE GIVER because it is a cult classic that stresses the importance of individuality and learning from the past. I chose THE REPORT CARD because it’s a quick read that reminds everyone that grades are not a measure of self worth or intelligence, and that even if you can’t change things, you can make waves and promote awareness. I also added a self chosen book because not everyone has the same preferences when it comes to books and they should be able to choose a book they will enjoy. --- Rebecca N.

Contemporaries are the perfect summer reads for me! This summer I'm hoping to dive into some new ones that I haven't read before like SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by Morgan Matson and ALEX AND ELIZA: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz. I own both books and I'm super excited to finally read them. My go to recommendations from books I've already read are THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon. Both of those books are super cute and fun reads that are perfect for the summer time! --- Danielle F.

1. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas --- Not only is the book amazing, but it's the first in a fantastic series! Readers can meet the kick-butt Celeana Sardothien, but they can read how she evolves and meets more awesome characters!

2. THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzie Lee --- This is a new book that is super fun. It features LGBTQ main characters, and a super smart female supporting character. It's an interesting look at gender roles in the 1700s, and how some chose to break them.

3. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh --- There are many 1001 Nights retellings out there right now, but this is easily one of the best. Ahdieh's writing is gorgeous, with more than a few descriptions of food that leave my mouth watering. Shahrzad is a fantastic heroine, and is supported by a wonderful cast of characters!

4. GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston --- I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and they can be especially fun in the real world. It's interesting to see how fantastical elements are adapted to fit our world, plus I loved all the nerdy characters! Nerds for the win!

5. SIMON VS. THE HOMO-SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli --- Simon is as lovable a main character as they come. While he knows he's gay, he's not open about it. I loved watching him slowly fall in love and become more comfortable with those around him. --- Isabel C.

If I had unlimited time this summer, I would put all of the books I simply did not get to during the school year. One of these novels would be WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon, which I have wanted to read ever since I heard about its existence. I have put off reading SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo for so long that I would absolutely place them high up on my summer reading list. Other books I have been highly anticipating but just have not picked up yet include A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi and WINDWITCH by Susan Dennard. All of these are definitely books I would get to read in a perfect summer! --- Grace P.