I’m always on the hunt for good books, so I’ve included a few of my favorites below in case you’re in the same boat!
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I’ve read everything by Elizabeth Peters more times than I can count! The books above are the first in her Vicky Bliss and Amelia Peabody series, plus another one for good measure!
I love all the books in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, and his Trials of Apollo series is also laugh-out-loud funny. Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicolson series were some of my favorite books growing up. I always feel the need to add a disclaimer when I recommend them to young people — Georgia’s kind of a terrible person, but the books are hilarious!
Let’s be honest — nearly every Elizabeth Peters book counts as historical fiction, so for the sake of variety, I’ve included a sampling from a few of my other favorite authors above. Michelle Moran and Lauren Willig are both masters of the craft.
I don’t know what’s on your summer reading lists, but I’ve seen the books above on many — and there are obviously many more good ones! I also recommend Exodus and Mila 18 by Leon Uris (both of which I had to read for history summer reading growing up),
I don’t recommend anything by Homer or Shakespeare for summer reading unless you’re quite comfortable with the lingo and/or take Latin. I also don’t recommend Frankenstein since it’s mind-numbingly boring (at least I thought so).
I know, I had the temerity to add my own book to this list, but I think it represents a nice change from some of the more didactic approaches!
In any case, I really enjoyed Who Gets in and Why as an inside look at college admissions. To a lesser extent, I also found The Price You Pay for College fascinating. It does a great job putting everything into perspective!
Books About Writing:
All very different, and all very interesting! I also like Save the Cat Writes a Novel for a less theoretical and more step-by-step approach.
That’s all for now!
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