Who doesn’t love getting lost in a good book? Especially over summer, when the days are long and holidays are in full swing. No matter what your favourite genre may be, we’ve got you covered with these top picks for your 2017/18 summer reading list.
Lee Cuddy is seventeen years old and on the run. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the facade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight.
Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.
A ghetto nerd living with his Dominican family in New Jersey, Oscar is sweet but disastrously overweight. He dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and keeps falling hopelessly in love.
Richard Florida, one of the first scholars to anticipate this back‐to‐the‐city movement in his groundbreaking The Rise of the Creative Class, demonstrates how the same forcesthat power the growth of the world'ssuperstar cities also generate their vexing challenges: gentrification, unaffordability, segregation, and inequality.
Denver, 1962: Kitty Miller has come to terms with her unconventional single life. She loves the bookshop she runs with her best friend, Frieda, and enjoys complete control over her day‐ to‐day existence. She can come and go as she pleases, answering to no one. There was a man once, a doctor named Kevin, but it didn't quite work out the way Kitty had hoped.
To fellow mothers at the school gate, Bernadette is a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15‐year‐old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears.
Teen Romance / Family
Theodore Finch isfascinated by death, and constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of hersister's recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom.
Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV.
An epic of contemporary love and marriage, comically and tragically capturing the temptations and burdens of liberty.
Motivation & Self‐Esteem
The Happiness Project describes one person's year‐long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment.
On a foggy summer night, 11 people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs — the painter — and a four‐year‐old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.
This post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.
Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.