The kids and I always do the Summer Reading programs. It’s a great way to get the kids to read and win a few fun prizes. Since we are always (and I mean always) at our local St. Louis County Library, I thought I’d share my top 5 Book Picks with you in case you are searching for your own summer books! These are for the parents, but some of them could also work for Teens.
The Silence by Tim Lebbon is the most recent on my list. I just handed this over to my teen so it can go both for YA and Adult. Tim Lebbon is a multi-award winning author most noted for A Cabin in the Woods and 30 Days of Night which became feature films. He’s been a horror/dark-fantasy author for over 15 years. I love his work! His newest, The Silence, is impossible to put down.
Imagine this… what if we uncovered a cave network with its own ecological system that had been untouched for millions of years and just happened to open it? What if what lived there could eradicate the human species and destroy our ecosystem? The Silence is a terrifying story of how one family tries to survive when the world is overrun by ravenous creatures that hunt by sound.
How quiet could you be?
I’ve already written about A List of Things That Didn’t Kill me by Jason Schmidt, but I am putting it here also! This is Jason Schmidt’s first novel and is his memoir of growing up on the outskirts in the late 70s/early 80s in the Northwest. Although he has written pieces for multiple publications, this is a very detailed and sometimes horrifying picture of his life and the world then. For more information on the book, make sure to read my review!
I had received Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen for review and I’ll have a full review up soon, but I HAD to add it to this list. This story had me both on edge and laughing to pieces. If you are a mom, then you will really relate to the story.
It’s about a very strained and broke single mom named Anna Jennings who has to move back into her grandparents house with her four year old when things get really bad. After awhile, Anna starts seeing her son’s imaginary friends and unfortunately for her, they are dinosaurs. Imagine watching your child play with a Tyrannosaurus Rex?! She can’t say or do anything; after awhile she realizes that they are protecting him from something and that all the answers lie somewhere in her life.
I must admit that I figured out most of the ending by the middle of the novel. It’s not meant to be a mystery, but that I still wanted to finish it. The story is great and Anna and David together are wonderful. Young Adults could read this book, but really it resonates better with parents.
If you want a real mystery novel, check out Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus. An International Bestseller that is going to be made into a feature film! You should read it BEFORE it becomes a movie. The story is about Tobias Sartorius, who after serving 10 years for the murder of two girls, returns home. His parents are now divorced, their lives as hopeless as his and the whole town has turned against them. The code of silence that falls over the neighborhood hides the deceit, lies and betrayals of the past; but when someone close to Tobias is hurt and another girl shows up who looks eerily similar to the one that was murdered – things start to unravel.
This book is amazing. You think you know it all at the very beginning and then it twists so far around on you that you have no idea. It is a true mystery novel and one that will leave you questioning so many things.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is sometimes a hard book to read. It’s always hard to read things that erase that feeling that you have so much time, but I believe it is truly important. Gawande is a practicing surgeon and he addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation. He argues that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill and how important geriatrics is to medicine. Things will change after you read this. Your ideas and thoughts on so many things; at least in my opinion. It is a must read for everyone since we are all growing older and we are all heading towards the same end.
Make sure to comment with your Summer Reading Book Picks so I can find more to read! I hope you enjoy mine!