This might be a stretch, but lots of people (including yours truly) have weddings to go to in the summer. If you are among those, you might need something to do on the plane or while your significant other tries on their attendant garb for the 17th time or while you’re supposed to be tying ribbons around pillar candles. If that’s the case, you might try one of the following books, which I hope to be reading this summer.
Something Old: Harry Potter
Yes, Harry Potter was first published when I was in middle school. That’s what makes it old. And, yes, it’s true. I’ve never actually read it. Hopefully the bride and groom don’t feel this way about each other, but it’s enough of a commitment to make me hesitant—seven book series and all.
I don’t think I need to tell you too much about it—boy wizard, you know. If you’ve already read this series, pick another book you should have read a long time ago. Maybe one of the classics that you didn’t read in high school, available (many for free) on your Kindle.
Something New: Orientation
This shouldn’t come as a surprise after my admission of reluctance at getting involved with a series, but I love short story collections. Orientation by Daniel Orzoco came out May 24 and includes 9 stories including the title story. Amazon has named it one of the best books of May 2011. I’ll let you know if it really is.
For other books coming out soon check out: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/books-coming-soon/379002181/
Something Borrowed: The Book Thief
So stealing isn’t exactly borrowing, at least if your kids ask. But you can borrow this book from your local library or your teenager or your super cool friend. The Book Thief is about a kid who steals books (maybe somebody should teach her about libraries) and it’s narrated by Death. I’m pretty excited for this one even though I’m a little older than the target audience (High schoolers—all the good books are written for them).
Something Blue: Crossed
Technically this doesn’t come out until the fall…but I couldn’t resist putting it in here because I’m so looking forward to it—and the cover is blue. Plus if you want to read along with me, you’ll have to read Matched first. Crossed is the second book in this dystopian series about a girl named Cassia who (spoiler alert if you haven’t read Matched) thinks she’s in love with a boy who’s been sent to fight in a war.
Reviews of the above will be posted throughout the summer along with reviews for other awesome summer reads. If you have other great summer reading ideas for Coloradans, post them in the comment section.