1. East by Edith Pattou. Appropriate for 10+. A retelling of the fairy tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon; this book is gorgeously written, full of delicious romantic tension, and the setting became so real to me I felt the cold through the pages. Perfect for summer, right!
2. Last of the Breed by Louis L'Amour. Another cold weather tale, this is one of the few non-western L'Amours. It is a gripping, has a fascinating hero, and is perfect for any adventure lover. Don't let any fear of westerns scare you off, this is a well written book, full of great action scenes and wonderful suspense. (I'd also recommend "The Walking Drum," another non-western L'Amour I wish I was reading right now!)
3. The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World by Eric Weiner. Non-fiction. Adult language & situations. Looking for a vacation? This book will send you on a thought-provoking trip around the world, and if I am any indication, have you laughing out-loud. I loved it! Similar in style to one of the first books I read this year.
4. The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. Written for adults, appropriate for teens+. This tale by the author of Anne of Green Gables won my heart and I think it will add a lovely charm to your summer. Thought-provoking and sweet, but not stickily so, this is one of those tales you will return to.
5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Older Teens & Adults. I'm am one of the hold-outs who has never read the Twilight series, but I thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Meyer's stand-alone sci-fi novel. The themes are worth pondering about, the characters are real, the romance is heartfelt, it's hard to put down and incredibly fascinating.
What are your favorite books for summer?