Five Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Updated on May 27, 2019
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Rachel is an avid reader and writer of young adult literature.


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It’s that time of year again. That time when the sun shines, school is out, and a little extra time is feasible. Use that extra time wisely and get in some much deserved reading. So if you haven't already, start making your summer reading list! If you’re looking for some good reads, I’ll be going over five of my favorite YA novels you may want to add to your list. Because nothing beats lying in the sun with your favorite pair of sunglasses (of course!) and a good book.


If you’ve yet to read Alienated, by Marissa Landers, I highly recommend it! The story follows Cara Sweeney, who becomes one of the first to host a student from the planet L”eihr, as part of an intergalactic exchange program. But she gets more than she bargained for when she ends up falling for her new handsome classmate. Things get further complicated when she discovers there may be more to the planetary exchange than previously realized. This is the first book of a three part series—if you’re into sci-fi stories with aliens, space travel, and a dash of romance—this book, and this series is for you!

The Gender Game

If you haven’t heard of The Gender Game, by Bella Forrest, let me start by saying it's literally amazing. The story is set in a dystopian society split into two divisions: Patrus and Matrus. It follows the rebellious protagonist,Violet, who doesn’t seem to fit into either society, and the outcome of decisions she makes. It’s a riveting story with complex characters, and a plot with many twists and turns. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games, then you’ll likely enjoy this four part book series as well.

Defy the Stars

Defy the Stars, by Claudia Gray, follows characters Noemi and Abel, who are enemies in a war that spans across space. Noemi is a human and Abel is a robot...who is suspiciously a bit more human than he seems. The story follows the pair as they come to question all they have ever known. This is a relatively new book as it came out last April, 2017. Good news is the second book in this series recently hit shelves. If you’re looking for a new sci-fi series to dive into—Defy the Stars may be just what you’ve been looking for!


Lauren Kate's novel, Teardrop, follows character Eureka, who has been closed off since the death of her mother. But after she meets Ander, things begin to change. Reminded of the time her mother warned her never to cry, the story reveals a darker truth: that Eureka's tears hold powerful undercurrents. This book was published in 2013, and was followed by a sequel titled Waterfall. The duology is the perfect combo to start off your summer.

Mirror in the Sky

Mirror in the Sky, by Aditi Khorana, follows the teenage Tara and her perspective as it pertains to the discovery of another Earth, which mirrors the Earth she lives on. This book encompasses the idea of what if...what if there was another version of you, another Earth, another reality, and how would life be different? It questions infinite possibilities. It's also a beautiful coming of age story. Though rooted in science fiction, it still has one foot in the real world, which makes the plot line all the more interesting as readers can question the possibility of similar events happening in the real world. It's speculation and beautifully written prose make this a timeless story that may surpass this generation.

Happy Reading!

If none of those books sound interesting to you I also recommend visiting your local library and perusing the sections, looking for anything that may be interesting. Libraries are excellent resources and they are there to help you on your book reading journey. Most importantly, in the midst of all your summer fun, don't forget to make time to read! Hopefully, I've given you some great suggestions to help you do just that.

Happy reading!

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