Here’s a list recommendations for your Summer Reading based on the holidays of the season.
US Independence Day – July 4. This day marks the celebration the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Read a book that reminds you that freedom is precious. Our recommendation:
The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman
In 1960, thirteen-year-old Sophie slips through a maze into 19th century Louisiana and finds nothing is as she expected.
Video Games Day – July 8. Sure you could actually play video games, but that’s not all you can do. Read a book that’s heavily influenced by game play. Our recommendation:
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.
Summer Olympics – Aug. 5-21. It’s not a holiday you say?! Well, I wish it was, so let’s celebrate this international coming together by reading a book set in a foreign country (i.e. not the one in which you live). Our recommendation:
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones. Havaa, eight years old, hides in the woods and watches the blaze until her neighbor, Akhmed, discovers her sitting in the snow. Akhmed knows getting involved means risking his life, and there is no safe place to hide a child in a village where informers will do anything for a loaf of bread, but for reasons of his own, he sneaks her through the forest to the one place he thinks she might be safe: an abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.
National Book Lover’s Day – Aug. 9. The best way to celebrate is to spend as much of the day reading as you can. Our suggestion: Re-read a past favorite. Here are 5 Books That Blew My Mind in 2015
Labor Day – Sep. 5. This day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. Our recommendation:
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.