Summer Reads ’12

It’s a very YA summer.


  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
  • Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1-2) by Sherwood Smith
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Paper Towns by John Green
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  • Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
  • Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

Comment below with any suggestions or input about books I’ve listed (minus spoilers, please—else, suffer my wrath)!

7 thoughts on “Summer Reads ’12

  1. deshipley says:

    “Peter and the Starcatchers” and “The Night Circus” = read by me and highly approved.
    And I’m just ahead of Chapter Thirteen in “Scarlet” as we speak. I’m all for Robin Hood retellings. ^.^ Happy reading!
    P.S. — Is this list in your preferred reading order, or did you just jot down the titles as they came to you, and you’ll get to each whenever?

    • samchaffin says:

      Oh no, not in preferred order. If I did it that way, the list would be nonexistent due to indecision. However, the crossed off ones are in the order that I’ve read them this summer.

      I loved Peter and the Starcatchers, too! Reading The Book Thief right now… it’s great so far. Who knew Death would be such a good narrator?

  2. thejaneite says:

    Have you read “The Reluctant Heiress” by Eva Ibbotson? I know you mentioned reading “A Countess Below Stairs” (<3) before, and "A Company of Swans" is lovely, TRH is by far my favorite of hers though. Okay actually ACBS is tied with it. I'm waiting for "Insurgent" myself at the library, and going nuts. 😉 And what did you think of "Looking For Alaska"? It's been recommended to me recently and I think I might check it out. 😉 I'm currently reading this "Frankenstein" prequel called "This Dark Endeavor" and so far it's wonderful and interesting, but I don't know if I'm suggesting it yet, as I'm only 50 or so pages in. 🙂

    • samchaffin says:

      I haven’t! Guess that’s another one to add. 😀

      Okay, Looking for Alaska is probably one of the best books I’ve ever read. Seriously. You’ve got to read it. I didn’t know why people were making such a big deal about John Green, but this summer I decided to check out his stuff. I read LfA first… and was like, “I have to read all of his other books now because HOLY CRAP.”

      Oooo a Frankenstein prequel! Mary Shelley rocks. I’ll have to look that up!

  3. thejaneite says:

    Okay, sweet! I’m going to the library tonight (I party hard on summer nights, as you can see) so I’ll get Looking For Alaska right off! Can’t wait!! And yes, read The Reluctant Heiress. I looooove it. 😉

    • samchaffin says:

      The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, and The Night Circus! TFIOS was one of those books that actually has everything and WORKS—comedy, romance, tragedy, depth—and if you’ve already read it (because of all the well-deserved hype), then check out LFA!. That book, too, had me thinking about it for days after I finished it. Also, Night Circus was INCREDIBLE. I have never read a book in which I actually wanted the descriptions to go on forever, but with this book, I found myself slowing down to soak everything in. It was unreal how amazing the story world was. Magical realism ftw! 😀

      Have you read anything good lately/this summer?

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