Summer Reads ’14

My Festival of Books 2014 spoils

Since I got my LA County Library card as an official California resident last summer, I was able to read for fun a lot more during the school year. So I actually finished most of last summer’s reading list (20 books or so).

This means I’m making an entirely NEW list, with NO rollover books—because let’s face it, I’ve put Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance on my past two summer reading lists and… didn’t read it both times.


  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Control by Lydia Kang
  • Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley
  • Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  • Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McDowan
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert
  • Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  • Prisoners in the Palace by Michaela MacColl
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman

If you have any suggestions or input on the books I’ve listed here, let me know in the comments below! The list always gets longer. Also, find me on Goodreads to see what I’m currently reading!

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5 thoughts on “Summer Reads ’14

  1. deshipley says:

    Oooh, I can vouch for “Shadow and Bone” and “The Scorpio Races”! Very much enjoyed them both. Still haven’t been able to get my hands on anything by Rainbow Rowell (*glares at local library*), but I’ll keep looking, for my curiosity has been piqued.

    • samchaffin says:

      OH MY GOSH, Danielle, I am such a bad friend (but please don’t hold it against me, I’m in the middle of finals and have a touch of exam brain). INSPIRED is going on this list. Right now. RIGHT. NOW.

    • samchaffin says:

      Also, so excited for SHADOW & BONE and SCORPIO RACES! And yes, Rainbow Rowell is fantastic. Her writing is so refreshing! FANGIRL is my favorite of what I’ve read, but ELEANOR & PARK is also great.

  2. Christina says:

    AHH I can’t help but burst in here (this is Starflower, if this name change is weird) and say YES YES YES. Shadow & Bone, Cinder, The Scorpio Races, The Archived, Between Shades of Gray, and The Girl of Fire and Thorns – you are going to have a good summer. These are some of my favorite books in the world. PERIOD. 🙂

    • samchaffin says:

      Oooo, I’m so excited!! 😀 Thank you for your recs! I’ve been hearing about the greatness of some of these books for YEARS now, but I just haven’t gotten around to them (Cinder, The Scorpio Races, Girl of Fire & Thorns…). Can’t wait!

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