Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Summer Reads
Top Ten Summer Reads
Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
I’m a winter man. Hot weather doesn’t do much for me, so I like books set in cold, harsh places. Some of the books below are for those readers who don’t like hot weather either. But some of them are good books to read on holiday–where you don’t want to have to think too hard, just be entertained or pulled along for a ride. Some of the books are pretty long, so they’d last a weekend or week.
The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig
This book is proof that there could still be life in dystopian fiction. Set in a harsh, gritty world, it blends solid plot, great action sequences, plenty of twists and some quality writing.
The Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
I mention this series a lot, but it is the best high fantasy I’ve read. Action, violence, a cold harsh world, some original characters and quality writing.
The Bartimeaus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
This series is funny, and it’s hard to understand why it isn’t as popular as Potter, or why it hasn’t been made into a movie yet. It’s set in London, Britain, but it’s similar to the parallel world of the Potter books. Humor, action, great world-building. Hard to go wrong with this series.
Under the Dome by Stephen King
This is my second favourite King book, and it’s an epic. Almost 1000 pages, it doesn’t feel that way. Some of the best characters ever written, quality writing, great plot and tension makes this one of my favourite books of all time.
The Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
Some people like action and entertainment for a summer read and the Reacher books have both to spare. A cool main character, plenty of action, awesome pace make these one of my favourite series.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Another ‘epic’ book, this one is somewhere between Bond and Bourne. Twists, tight plotting, a solid main character. This is good reading.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
My favourite King book. More awesome characters and quality writing. King has the ability to suck you in and make sure you’re thinking about his books long after you’ve finished them. This one involves time travel and saving JFK.
The Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud
Stroud’s second YA series isn’t as funny as the Bartimaeus Sequence, but it’s just as entertaining. The first book, The Screaming Staircase is action-packed and inventive–the second book is too similar to the first, but it’s still entertaining.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
One of my favourite books of all time (and movies), Crichton’s most famous book is also his best. It’s like a summer blockbuster movie on page, but smartly written, tightly paced and the science is somehow understandable for everyone.
Ten by Gretchen Mcneil
This book is a slasher movie on page–a gripping YA horror that offers up some good twists and tight pacing.