Summer Reading 2012

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Looking for reading suggestions? Here are some of my favorite resources:

No one does a better job than NPR. This Complete List has it all. Of special interest is Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads. A good time to explore some "unjustly dusty" titles.

I always check out "My Guilty Pleasure" where writers talk about the books they love but are embarrassed to be seen reading.

I won't judge so go ahead, knock yourself out with L.A. Times list of Beach Reads. Hey, don't forget to check out the quirky ones.

If you are into regional literature, try suggestions from Deep South Magazine, an online magazine and blog committed to being a forum for Southern writers and showcasing Southern literature.

For the studious overachievers, there is always the UC Berkeley’s Summer Reading List for Freshmen. They promised that it isn’t homework. Ha! And you believe them? Each year, Berkeley asks the faculty and staff to offer what they think are the best readings centered on a particular theme. This year’s theme is “Revolutions.”

Seriously, do take a look at Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books. Now you know what is in my beach bag.

Heading off to summer camp? Horn Book wants to make sure you go with some good reads.


I already finished the summer reading game! Which obviously doesn't mean I'm finished with my summer reading, not by a long shot. My summer will probably be filled with romance novels, (as is the rest of my year,) which seem to be rather lacking in the above links. (For those of you reading Fifty Shades, why not try branching out into the world of romance novels? You might find you like it better than you ever thought you would. :D)

I'd better get started on some good novels! :)

This is an awesome list of resources! Thank you so much for sharing, mysterious muffy.

Already started!

Thanks for these great resources. I like having all of these summer reading lists in one place!

Great resource for summer reading. I'll be sure to check the books out.

sweet, i've already started!

I think this is the second year there's been an online summer game.


See also ALA's (American Library Association) list of Best Books for Young Adults:

This site has lists for each year back to 1996, plus lists of graphic novels, audiobooks and more. Take a look.

I am so glad there are book recommendations! I got so bored rereading books (so I checked out like 40 yesterday and plan on finishing them in 3 days).

Hey betsywil:
Thanks. Fabulous.

Hooray for Summer Reading. I'm still working on my list.

Thanks for posting this! I especially like the "My Guilty Pleasure" list!

I've read a few recommendations from NPR (or discussed on NPR) and they were great. The emotional life of your brain comes to mind as one I checked out from AADL.