Great books to read over summer break

Great books to read over summer break

Usually, summer break is a time to get away from school. Notebooks, pencils and paper are irrelevant for most students, who generally spend summer break working, hanging out with friends and traveling. Still, there are many ways to stay academically productive during break; one great way to achieve this is by reading.

Reading is a very important skill. Reading can increase vocabulary, improve memory, reduce stress and increase empathy.

Reading is for everybody. There is an abundance of genres that can interest anyone, depending on their likes and interests.These include action, mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, horror and sports.

Here are some good picks for summer reading.

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

This book is about two siblings who attempt to get a deeper understanding of their father, who is defending a black man in court who is charged with raping a white woman. It’s a bildungsroman, which is a genre focused on spiritual education.

  • “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

This book is focused on a high schooler in a life-changing situation that will later impact him and people around him. This book is classified as young adult fiction.

  • “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

This book is centered around two days of a high school student after he was expelled from a prep school. It is also bildungsroman.

  • “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

This book is about the life of a fireman who doesn’t fully agree with the rules of book burning. He also has to face the consequences of his own actions. This book is science fiction.

  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

This book is written about a young girl who is growing up in Nazi Germany where books must be stolen so that they can be read. This book is classified as historical fiction.

  • “The Giver” by Lois Lowry

This book is about the dystopian society that a young boy lives in that is free of negative emotions, and one person must hold all of the world’s terrible memories. It is science fiction.

  • “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton

This book tells the story of a young teen boy who, in the midst of figuring out right from wrong, becomes entangled in a situation that could change his life forever. This book is a coming-of-age novel.

  • “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly

This book focuses on three women whose lives are intertwined in the 1940s. Hope, forgiveness and sacrifice are recurring themes in this novel. This is historical fiction.

  • “It Ends with Us” by Colleen Hoover

The book follows a girl starting her college journey who has to decide which of her love interests she should pursue. This book is a romance.

  • “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides

This book is focused on a therapist’s patient after the patient had killed her husband. The doctor attempts to figure out what her motive was. This book is a psychological thriller.

  • “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

This book tells the story of a French housewife during World War 2 who must take care of her house while she must take care of her French Resistance sister. This book is historical fiction.

  • “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

This book follows a woman who lives a depressing and unsatisfying life; she tries to find the meaning of life. This book is a fantasy fiction novel.

  • “Normal People” by Sally Rooney

This book represents the struggling relationship between two damaged people who must overcome the obstacles of maintaining their romantic relationship. This book is romantic fiction.

  • “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

The book shows a society of young boys after crash landing on a deserted island and they must govern themselves. This book is young adult fiction.

  • “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book is about a teenage girl who must overcome the trauma she received. She has to overcome her mental struggle to either speak out or keep it to herself. This book is a young adult fiction.

  • “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green and David Levithan

This book revolves around the lives of two teenagers with the same name who live completely opposite lives that somehow intertwine. This book is a young adult fiction novel.

  • “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger

This book is about a man who can time travel and goes back in time, and his wife must continuously deal with his absences. This book is science fiction.

  • “Ten” by Gretchen McNeil

This book follows the horror that ten teenagers must deal with after being invited to a house party on a secluded island. This book is horror fiction.

  • “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

This book is focused on a world where science is superior; emotions and individuality are shunned upon. This book is a science fiction novel.

  • “The Murder at Vicarage” by Agatha Christie

This book shows a murder mystery in a town where two people confess to the same crime and the town’s detective must figure out who killed the victim. This book is a mystery novel.