Having a summer birthday must be nice for these books – they’ll begin their booky little lives being read by the pool, on the sand, on road trips, and in backyard tents. Here are five titles that we expect to keep us up all night!
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris (7/12/11)
It’s a book about zombies! The best part about zombie books is that they don’t take themselves too seriously – sure there’s death and horror and decay, but it all has the air of being slightly too ridiculous to be totally earnest. This book looks super funny, especially because the zombies are high school students. That might make a good episode of Glee, come to think of it….
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore (7/12/11)
I am so excited for this book! I’m pretty up on my paranormal YA – I’ve read tons of vampire-centric series, several werewolf books, and I’ve even choked down a few of the angel/demon ones. Recently, I read a mermaid book. But my all-around favorite paranormal plotlines are always the ones with ghosts. I looooove ghosts, especially the spooky, vengeful, unfriendly kind.
Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler (7/12/11)
Oh my god Jane Austen updates! You are my favorite books! Except for when you’re terrible. But Sass & Serendipity looks like it won’t let me down – Sense & Sensibility is one of my favorite Austens, and the adult update that came out last year, The Three Weissmanns of Westport, was fantastic. Consider my hopes officially up!
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt (7/12/11)
This looks like a smart, interesting coming-of-age. I love books, like Chocolat, that take place in small, cozy shops. The Summer I Learned to Fly is about a girl who wakes up to all life has to offer while working in her mother’s gourmet cheese shop – heartwarming and delicious!
Forever (Wolves of Mercy Falls) by Maggie Stiefvater (7/12/11)
I KNOW. It’s the end of the line for Grace, Sam, and co. Stiefvater’s on to other things, and Forever marks the close of her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. This book places the pack in pretty extreme danger, which only partially distracts them from falling in love with one another. But who can blame them? When was the last time a sweet, sensitive, sometimes-wolf wrote a song for you?