My Summer Reading List

Below is a list of the summer reading I will be undertaking (finally!) now that the semester has ended! Some of the books on this list are sequels, others are not but if any of them sound interesting to you I urge you to pick up a copy of your own!

1) "Falling Kingdoms" by Morgan Rhodes

Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and four young people collide against one another and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

2) "Elite" by Kiera Cass (book II of the Selection series)

The selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's heart is fiercer than ever-and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want-and America's chance to choose is about to slip away.

3) "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair," by Joel Dicker

August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country's most respected writers, and find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan-whom, he admits, he had an affair with.

As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor's books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset's citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone's life?

4) "Go Set A Watchman," by Harper Lee (book II of the To Kill a Mockingbird series)

(as the book has not yet been released, the synopsis below is based upon the publisher's words)

The novel follows an adult Scout Finch who travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus Finch, twenty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude towards society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

5) "Lair of Dreams," by Libba Bray (book II of The Diviners series)

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neil has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviner's abilities...

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

6) "The Brothers Torres," by Coert Voorhees

Frankie Towers has always looked up to his older brother, Steve. And with good reason-Steve is a popular senior who gets whatever he wants: girls, a soccer scholarship, and-lately-street cred. Frankie, on the other hand, spends his time shooting off fireworks with his best friend, Zach, working at his parents' restaurant, and obsessing about his crush, Rebecca Sanchez.

Although Frankie has some reservations, he doesn't spend much time thinking about Steve's crusade to win the respect of the local cholos. Then Frankie gets into a fistfight with John Dalton-longtime nemesis of Steve's, and the richest, preppiest kid in their New Mexican high school. After the fight, Steve takes Frankie under his wing, and Frankie' social currency begins to rise. The cholos who used to ignore him start to recognize him; he even lands a date to Homecoming with Rebecca.

But after another incident with Dalton, Steve is bent on retaliating. Frankie starts to think that his brother may be taking this respect thing too far. Soon he'll have to make a choice between respecting his brother and respecting himself.

An honest and humorous debut novel, Coert Voorhees examines what it means for a young man to come of age. A compelling look at where loyalty ends and independence begins.

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