Summer Vacation. For many of us, these two words are magic. From about the second day of school in September to the last day of school in June, summer vacation is highly anticipated by most students. We look forward to the endless free time to do with as we please– and without reading assignments from English class, the ability to read what we wish too.
If you are looking for a summer reading book, here are my top five (Which I have read this last year when I probably should have been doing math homework):
1. Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly
A novel about a girl named Andi who finds a journal which takes her on a journey she would have ever expected. If you love: the French Revolution, music, Paris, or books that have strong, meaningful themes, then this is the book for you.
2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
A novel about a girl living in Germany during World War II, told by an interesting and surprisingly sympathetic narrator. If you enjoy novels about World War II, stories about friendship, love, and compassion– if you are looking for a book that leaves a mark, a book that at the end of the story, haunts you after; then this is the book for you.
3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Despite being thought of as a children’s book, Alice in Wonderland is a very smart, very funny novel. It is especially entertaining if you read it aloud and with voices. If you like novels that play with words, that make you question things, that make you laugh, and if you are reading aloud and using voices, makes you sound ridiculous, then this is the book for you.
4. Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder
A novel about a girl who gets a letter from a strange, mysterious philosopher and begins to think in ways she never has before. If you enjoy philosophy, mystery books, or just thinking; if you have a high reading level and are at least fifteen; if you are looking for a book that may change the way you think about everything, then this is the book for you.
5. Your favorite book
Whatever it is, however long it is, you know you want to reread it. What better time is there to reread a book than during the summer?
For that matter, is there any season better for just reading than summer? I mean, without school eating up about seven hours of our day, we just may learn something new from the books we read this summer.
-Stephanie R., 11th grade