Some of my fondest holiday memories are lying on my bed, reading in the sweltering summer heat… with the fan on full blast! On those sizzling days my mind would be carried far away to distant lands… and some not so distant.
So, in honour of the six-week summer holiday, I give you six awesome summer reads!
Brooke’s Top Six Summer Reads
by Lisa Tawn Bergren
River of Time Series
If romance is your cup of tea, why not try Waterfall? Life changes for American sisters Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini when, while on-site with their archaeologist mum, they place their hands on the wall of an ancient Etruscan tomb… and find themselves in 1300s Italia! Separated from her sister, Gabi finds help in the form of Marcello Forelli, a young Italian lord on the frontier of an ongoing war between Siena and Firenze. But things get complicated when Gabi becomes entwined in the fight as she frantically seeks her sister, and all the while finds herself increasingly drawn to a certain intense Italian knight.
by Melody Carlson
Diary of a Teenage Girl: Caitlin O'Connor Series
Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O’Connor is a girl a lot of us can relate to, and as she goes through her teen years, this clever book of diary entries reveals her struggles with family, friends and faith. Over the five-part series Caitlin faces potential family break-up and changing friendships, finds faith and a relationship… and she discovers that sometimes things don’t work out the way we thought they would. If you like great characters going through real-life tough times, Becoming Me is a great read!
by Stephen Lawhead
King Raven Trilogy
In Hood, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of merry miscreants is masterfully transplanted from Sherwood Forest to eleventh century Wales, as Norman invaders encroach upon Welsh lands during the reign of King William the Red. The book follows Bran, a wayward and irresponsible Welsh prince with a fiery temper. When his father is killed en route to swear fealty to King William, a chain of events is set in motion that lead to the creation of the legendary King Raven. If you’re up for a medieval adventure, political intrigue and some tongue-twisting Welsh names, Hood is for you!
House of Dark Shadows
by Robert Liparulo
Dreamhouse Kings Series
To satisfy those with a thriller bent. The story follows the adventures of 15-year-old Xander and his siblings David and Toria, as they move from Los Angeles to a small town, and a very weird house… where sounds come from the wrong direction, giant footprints appear in the dust and closets lead to dark lockers. Fast-paced and action-packed, the 6-part series takes place over no more than two weeks, and stretches from the American Civil War to ancient Assyrian assassins. But is this house… and the Xander family’s complicated past… a dream come true or their worst nightmare?
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit began as a scribble on the back of a student’s blank exam sheet, yet it has become one of the most popular children’s fantasy books of all time! The Hobbit tells of Bilbo Baggins, a Halfling from the Shire, who never has adventures or does anything unexpected. But when the Wizard Gandalf and a gaggle of Dwarves show up requesting his help to regain their home, the mountain kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo can’t refuse. What follows is a delightful romp through forests, lakes and mountains, encountering trolls, giant spiders and the infamous dragon Smaug… culminating in the Battle of Five Armies. If you want to enter the world of Middle-earth, or just have a fun fantasy adventure, The Hobbit may just be for you!
Isle of Swords
by Wayne Thomas Batson
If you’re longing for a high-seas adventure through the Caribbean, Isle of Swords and its sequel, Isle of Fire, are perfect picks! Isle of Swords tells the tale of pirate Anne Ross and her father Declan – who long to leave the piracy trade permanently. But things change when they come across Cat, a brutally injured young lad, and Padre, a mysterious monk with a map to a legendary treasure tattooed on his back. Pursued by the infamous pirate Bartholomew Thorne, and the English navy, Captain Ross and his crew race to find the treasure whilst dodging battles, storms and an explosively active volcano!
So there you have it! If you’re finding you’ve got time to spare in these lazy summer days… why not kick back and give one of these enjoyable reads a shot!
by Brooke Duncan