Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer reading list part 1: the first 25

Shortly before the school year ended, one of my students asked me for a list of books he could read this summer. I asked him how many he thought would be good, and he said, "Oh, I don't know...50?" I embarrassed to admit this list is over a week and a half late (sorry, Nate!), but here is the first half of it at least. Each is linked either to my own review of the book (which has a link to the Boulder Book Store on it) or to a page at the Boulder Book Store. Feel free to add your own recommendations and comments to any of these.

Summer reading list, part 1

  1. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. I'm actually going to list all seven of the books, but I'm going to list them in chronological order rather than the order in which they were published. And no, it's not cheating to list the series as the first seven since they are classics. So there. (ha ha!) This link will take you to the complete set of Narnia books by Lewis, which makes more sense than posting seven different links in this case.
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  3. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
  4. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  8. Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  10. The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  11. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  12. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
  13. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  14. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  15. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (my review is forthcoming, but for now I'll post the link to the Boulder Book Store)
  16. Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  17. Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  18. Peter Pan by Sir James M. Barrie
  19. The Disappearing Spoon and Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
  20. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
  21. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
  22. Holes by Louis Sachar
  23. Dune by Frank Herbert
  24. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  25. Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner

There you go...the first half of the list! Enough to get you started, I hope!

Reviews to come (by the end of the week??): Storm Front by Jim Butcher, The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, and Red, White, and Blood by Christopher Farnsworth. Coming in August: Book Nerds' Big Day Out II: Book Nerds Do Boulder. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. You've got a huge list like I do. I really like your reviews and enjoy reading them! Keep up the good work! Check out mine, let me know what you think!