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The Best Summer Reading List EVER

Sparklers, I’m here to share with you my summer reading list. Which is the best summer reading list ever. Why? Because I said so. But als0 because after years and years of summer reading lists, I think I’ve honed it down to a fine-tuned science of mixing the best possible combination of books. Ready? Here we go…

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Dac‘s review of this book was just so good, I finally gave in and picked it up. Plus, I need a good, gripping, easy read to get me in the habit of my summer reading schedule (e.i., reading constantly with no interruptions).
  • The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, and he’s slowly becoming more well-known. This book is the beginning of a series that is so incredibly complex, you should just go read the plot synopsis. I’ve been hearing about this non-stop from my boyfriend for about a year, so it’s time to dig in (it’s also about 1000 pages long).
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. This is the main classic work I plan to tackle this summer … and it’s also 1000 pages long. It’s (supposedly) the best story of revenge out there, so my plan is to take in this novel slowly.
  • Perelandra by C. S. Lewis. Everybody knows Narnia, but most people are less familiar with Lewis’s sci-fi trilogy. This is the second book (the first was very good), and since every reading list needs a sci-fi adventure, who better than Lewis to fill the void?
  • The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett. This charming-looking novella is about the (hypothetical) Queen of England developing a passion for reading which puts her at odds with her regency. Besides sounding downright fun, this book is filling my need for a more hipster, undiscovered summer read.
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare, too, is an essential. I love this play and it’s summer reading required.
  • Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl. My YA novel of the summer, this is a Jane Austen-esque read that looks inviting and has lovely cover art
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. Every summer, I re-read some of my old favorites, and this is one of this year’s picks. I love this classic-turned-not-so-classic fairy tale! (Actually, I love all fairy tales.)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Another one (or 13) of my summer re-reads. The Baudelaires and their terrible lives got me through the horror of middle school, and I intend to pay them a nice, long summer visit.

What’s on your summer reading list?