Books You Should Be Reading this Summer

“If you don’t like to read you haven’t found the right book.”
                                                                                – J.K. Rowling

Whether or not you are an avid reader, you are familiar with J.K. Rowling and her very, very popular Harry Potter series. One book turned into a series that seduced millions of hearts around the world. I know Harry Potter, you know Harry Potter, and that goldfish over there knows about Harry Potter.  We all know about Harry Potter, but I don’t think you know what Harry Potter did…it got millions of people to read.

If you like to read, you are nodding in agreement. If you disagree with the words on this paper, then you are someone who has not found the right book yet. The one that grabs your attention and pulls your mind into a completely new world. You need to find that one book that has you thinking about it long after the last page has been turned. And this article is here to help.

Summer: vacations, beaches, and parties. It’s the season to relax and to just be carefree. Summer is also the season where most people have the most free time, and what better way to spend your free time with a really amazing book?

From cute, summer romances to fantastic adventures, overcoming hardships and getting swept up in the paranormal, here are just a few (out of many) young adult novels you should be checking out this summer.

Summer = Free time = More books to read!

Summer Fling Novels:
– Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
– The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
– Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen

Contemporary:
– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
– The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger
– Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown

Dystopian:
– Divergent by Veronica Roth
– Wither by Lauren DeStefano
– Legend by Marie Lu

Other Good Books:
– The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
– Everyday by David Levithan
– Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

 

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Poll: Do you read e-books?

I’ve been curious…

Teenagers and Reading

On occasion my friends raid my bookshelf and borrow four to five books at a time. I was walking home from one of said friend’s houses with a pile of books in my arms.  While walking home, I passed a man walking his dog. I said hello, the dog yipped and sniffed at me and the man just stared. He looked at his dog and said “Oh she’s carrying books! You don’t see that today.” [Yes, I’m retelling verbatim.] He then proceeded to mumble about how children these days don’t look up from their phones, and seeing me with an arm-load of books was a nice sight.

Now, I do not usually walk around public places with a ton of books. In school I usually only carry one, but it depends on the day. Usually, I’m that teen on my phone. Okay, maybe not since I don’t have a smart phone or anything. But I’m someone who fits into both categories. Just because you don’t normally see someone carrying a ton of books doesn’t mean they aren’t carrying a ton of books in their mind.

My point: Are teens actually reading less – or does it just appear to be that way?

I’ve heard it before. You have probably heard it before. That teenagers – or well, Americans in general – are reading less. I searched ‘teen reading statistics united states’ into Google and the first site [National Endowment for the Arts] that popped up says that 15-24  year olds spend “only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading” compared to the “two hours a day watching TV.”

Now I’m all for promoting literacy and all that, but I started questioning how true these statistics were. This week in school I carried around The Fault in Our Stars by John Green because it was so-fantastic-that-I-couldn’t-put-it-down and unfortunately because it was mid-term week, I had to put it down. During class, I had a conversation with one of my guy friends; it went like this:

Guy Friend: What are you reading?
Me: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s amazing.
Guy Friend: I know.
Me: …
Guy Friend: Yeah, I read it.
Me: You read it?!

And then I proceeded to squeal. I’ve known this kid for four years and I just found out that he reads outside of school. It shouldn’t have come as a shock to me, but it did. It was really cool finding out that he read YA books too. It was also cool that he’s a guy, because it’s harder to find a guy that reads YA books.

Now, teens are supposedly reading less. Maybe I’m just in denial, but maybe they really aren’t. Maybe the kids-that-are-reading ratio has been the same as the kids-that-don’t-read for a while. Maybe the statistics are right. But maybe the statistics are not truly accurate because people read in what I like to call “secret” – they read, but don’t voice that they do because they have no reason to.

I don’t know about you, but I know a lot more people who have picked up a book for enjoyment than someone who has never read a book for fun before.

Chain Reaction Reviews

My friend Meredith created a website known as Chain Reaction Reviews. Now what is Chain Reaction Reviews may you ask?

Chain Reaction Reviews is an on-line literary circle that reviews books and reading material relevant to those ages twelve and above.

Here you can interact with one another through the “review process”.  Read my ongoing collection of reviews and discover those written by others. With an account of your own you can write reviews, comment on the ones you like, and have literary discussions on topics interesting to you.

Through reading, we can experience the world!!

It’s a Chain Reaction, and it continues with one strong link…YOU.

I highly suggest you guys go over and make an account! C’mon, you know you want to… (:

Qualities of a Good Reader

This year I’m taking AP English & Literature (which I’m so excited about). Finally! My teacher is insanely awesome and I’m glad we’re learning this year. I’m telling you this because this is actually what we went over a few days ago.

What is the difference between an average reader and a good reader? Now you might not care about whether or not you’re a good reader. I’m posting about this because I do care about being a good reader. Here are the qualities:

  • Reading actively (making annotations).
  • Going further to understand the text (such as looking up vocabulary words if you do not understand them).
  • Being able to form opinions about the text.
  • Reading the work multiple times. The first time is usually quicker because you are just trying to get through it first. The second time becomes a more thorough read because you already know the end.
  • Reading every word because if it’s there, it matters.
  • Finding a main idea and seeing if the book structure supports it.
  • Making inferences (reading between the lines).

Hey, guess what?! If you do a few of these then you’re a good reader! Yes, these qualities mostly apply to analyzing texts in school but I also find myself doing these things when reading for fun. Now that I think about it, I could probably fill up a whole YA book of notes if I didn’t want to mark it up. Maybe I’ll try that one day…

Thoughts?! Leave them below!