Today in accordance with the Sweet Summer Read-A-Thon, Jessica at Books and Bottles is hosting a Summer Reads challenge. It's simply to make up a top ten list of your favorite summer reads that you would reccomend to others.
Now, My idea of summer reads is a bit different than most people probably think. I don't technically read a lot of "Summer Reads" since I don't read Chick Lit and I don't read a lot of contemporary and that seems to be what most "Summer Reads" are classed as. MY idea of summer reads are sea stories, adventures, cozy mysteries, and westerns, so for a different twist on traditional summer reads, here's some that I have enjoyed:
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: This is a fantastical adventure story and I love it a lot. Not a beach read, but good for rainy days.
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson #1): I read these last summer and they are so fun, and easy reads that they make perfect summer reading.
Treasure Island by Robert L. Stevenson: This is my book club's read for this month, and have always liked this story. Perfect adventure, and pirates make for good beach reads!
The Silver Pigs (Marcus Didius Falco #1) by Lindsey Davis: This goes into the cozy mystery category. Falco is fun to read, his sarcastic narration makes for easy reading. I'm packing a few to take to the beach with me this year.
The High Liners by Louis L'Amour: One of many books in his Sackett series, this is my favorite, but any of them would do. Summer always makes me want to read westerns.
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice #1) by John Flanagan: Another fun summer series read like Percy Jackson. Good adventure, Easy reading.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman: I probably put this on all my top ten lists. It's one of my favorites. Great adventure, I've read it so many times, and it never gets old!
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel: Another great adventure with sky pirates and shipwrecks and all that good stuff. Another one of my favorite books.
Dealing With Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1) by Patricia C. Wrede: If you want a fun fantasy book, this is definitely a great series. I always recommend it highly.
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (League of Princes #1) by Christopher Healy: Another funny and enjoyable fantasy/retelling series.
Let me know what some of your favorite summer reads are!