Reading Riot: What’s On Your Summer Reading List?
Summer is a time for long lazy days of chilling out and reading, right? Here at the library we are rocking along with hundreds of patrons attending free events, logging game cards and collecting prizes. I hope you’re completing some of the fun, easy game card tasks like reading a book with a red cover, a book in a series or a book published this year. It’s so simple to win!
So what’s on your summer reading list? Recently I’ve enjoyed some historical fiction for both teens and adults.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
This young adult novel, set during the closing days of World War II, is based on a real-life maritime disaster. Near the end of the war, a group of refugees bands together for a harrowing flight across frozen war-torn Germany. They hope to board ships and escape before the invading Russian Army. Short chapters told in alternating points of view make it a fast but thought-provoking story. Each characters’ secrets are slowly revealed as the story unfolds and you’ll race to see who survives the ordeal.
Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
I listened to the expertly narrated audiobook version of this story, which was inspired by the tumultuous marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and follows the couple through the roaring 20s and beyond. Zelda marries Scott in defiance of her father’s opposition and abandons her provincial upbringing in favor of a scandalous flapper identity. They take part in the literary party scenes of New York, Paris and the French Riviera, living the high life but also struggling with addiction and depression. Most interesting to me was the question of women’s roles in the early 20th century: wife, mother or career? Zelda herself fought to define herself through dance, art and writing and balked under the thumb of her domineering husband. Beautifully written, Zelda had me rooting for her success.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
And finally, maybe you’re day dreaming about long voyages and travel abroad this summer. This story combines present day with history in a time-travel adventure about a crew who ventures to real and imaginary places. Growing up beside her father on a time-traveling ship, 16-year-old Nix struggles to preserve her life when her father obsessively pursues a map to a past time period. But if Slate goes back in time, will it erase Nix’s very existence? An interested premise that touches on the history and mythology of the Hawaiian Islands. An epic summer adventure.
I hope you enjoy the many books and activities being offered at the library this summer!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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