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Ultimate 2019 Summer Reading List

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Sweet, warm summer is here! Temperatures are rising and we all long to be outside. Whether you're near a beach, at the pool, in the mountains, or sunbathing by a lake; bringing along a good book to your summer adventures is a must. Even when outside is too hot, heading indoors to read a few chapters can be just as satisfying during the warmest time of the year.

This summer we've gathered a full reading list for patrons of all ages! From the youngest book lover to the busiest adult– we have a book for everyone this summer! Check out the list below. We have three books for each category.

Let us know in the comments if we missed a good summer read!



Summer 2019 Reading List

Children's Books Summer Reading

Grand Canyon
By Jason Chin

Stunningly illustrated with engaging text, Grand Canyon is the perfect summer vacation book for children. This nonfiction picturebook is packed with texts and visuals with well-researched information about the Grand Canyon and its geography and ecology.
Unlock Your Imagination
by DK

At some point during the summer break, kids are going to get bored—it's inevitable! Unlock your Imagination is filled with 250 ideas to keep kids entertained and screen-free this summer. Perfect for rainy or unbearably hot summer days! This book gives kid-friendly directions for playing games, provides photos, graphics, and board games (with pieces too!) plus new ideas for kids to explore.
Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel
By Mariah Marsden (Adapter)

This magical adaption of Anne of Green Gables will be a kindred spirit to all the children who read it. A classic treasure, the graphic novel holds the same misadventures and imagination as the original story. When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decided to adopt an orphan, they were surprised to receive a young girl, instead of the boy they requested. Anne Shirley brings spirit and imagination with her to Green Gables and to those in the town.

The story of Anne Shirley is a classic everyone should know!
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton

This cute story is about a happy-go-lucky narwhal and his friend, a no-nonsense jellyfish. Absolutely adorable, Narwhal is a great story for younger and older elementary age children. Alongside the fun, the book also includes facts about the narwhal and jellyfish.

You don't know how cute this book is until you read it! Don't believe us? Check out what others are saying.

Young Adult Summer Reading List

With the Fire on High
By Elizabeth Acevedo

Rich and vibrant, Elizabeth Acevedo's newest prose novel is about a girl with a drive to feed the soul! High school senior Emoni Santiago has to make tough decisions and do what must be done to take care of her daughter. With the support of her Abuela, she tries to manage her responsibilities while following her passion for cooking. A story deep in culture and family, With the Fire on High, has all the spice and messiness of real life.
Everything All at Once
By Katrina Leno

This novel incorporates topics of anxiety, grief, and overcoming fear. Katrina Leno's third novel is about a young women's adventure through love, reading, writing, griefing, and finding her inner strength. Lottie, the main character, is left with mysterious instructions for her late Aunt Helen. These instructions lead Lottie out of her comfort zone to experience life. This is the perfect YA summer read for those looking for something other than teenage romance.
To Kill a Kingdom
By Alexandra Christo

Spice up summer with this YA read. Patrons who enjoy fantasy fiction will love this adventure about a siren princess, Lira, who is punished by being transformed into a human. Lira must take Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen before winter solstice or remain a human forever. Prince Elian is also on a mission – to destroy the sirenkind once and for all.

Goodread's reviewers said they couldn't put it down, and we think it'll be the same for your library patrons too!
Listen to Your Heart
By Kasie West

Kate Bailey is a rather shy individual who would rather spend her time soaking up the sun and laying by the lake. But, she is convinced by her friend, Alana, to join their high school's podcast. She is surprised when she is asked to be the main host of the show where should would be answering phone calls and giving advice, live on air! This book is a perfect summer read for reluctant readers for it is light and fun! Check out more about the author and book here.

Adult Summer Reading List

City of Girls
By Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic, takes us back to the past in her latest novel, City of Girls. Vivian, now a 95-year-old woman, reflects on her time as a young woman living in New York City during the 1940s. Exploring love, sexuality, and regret–City of Girls is a coming-of-age story that alludes to the ‘Me Too’ movement of today.

Check out the full summary of the book on Goodreads!
I'll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best Friends, and One Wheelchair
by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck

I'll Push You , the autobiography and memoir is about the true meaning of friendship. Best friends, Justin and Patrick, have been best friends since birth. Growing up together and living life; everything changed when Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease, which took his ability to move his arms and legs. Determined to live life to the fullest, the two friends worked together to overcome the despair and physical limitations caused by the disease. When Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick's immediate response was: "I'll push you."
The Pisces
By Melissa Broder

Recently published in this past May, The Pisces is an original romantic novel. Lucy, who is in the middle of writing her dissertation, hit rock bottom after her break up. Lucy's LA friend insists she housesits for the summer. Filled with anxiety and depression, things begin to change when she is entranced by an attractive swimmer one night. Filled with humor and attraction, check out the full review of Melissa Broder's debut novel here.
Love and Ruin
By Paula McLain

Author of the Paris Wife, Paula McLain returns to write about Ernest Hemingway and his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn. Set in 1937, Martha travels to Madrid as a reporter. She meets Ernest Hemingway and unexpectedly falls in love with him. For patrons who love romance and history, this is the perfect summer read to take you somewhere else, in time and place!

Alexandria's Bulletin Board

Display book lists, upcoming events, and activities in Alexandria's Bulletin Board Feature. This is a great way to let your school and public community gain access to news about your library and provide resources to links.

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