Sunday, September 6, 2009

The End of Summer

While the equinox is officially a few weeks away I feel that Labor Day Weekend more effectively marks the end of summer. If you go to school, if you aren't back in classes yet, come Tuesday you will be. The air is getting crisper, even if we still have a few days of blistering heat randomly interspersed with the prospect of fall. People are thinking of leaves and apples and football. Not yet quite worrying about the winter to come and just starting to miss the summer that's gone.

As a last hurrah to summer I give you the official list of your favorite summer reads, as compiled from my 50th post competition. While some of these books I already hold dear to my heart, as your posts have shown you do as well...I now have some new books to read and perhaps keep me warm and thinking of summer in the chilly months ahead.

So I proudly present, the best summer reads:

Stephen Ambrose's Louis and Clark
Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Pam Bachorz's Candor
Ann Brashares' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Frank Beddor's The Looking Glass Wars
Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends
Judy Blume's Summer Sisters
Maggie Brendan's No Place for a Lady
Shane Briant's Worst Nightmares
Nancy Bond's A String in the Harp
Jill Conner Browne's The Sweet Potato Queen's Book of Love
Augusten Burroughs
Meg Cabot
Rachel Caine's Glass House
*Kristin Cashore's Graceling
*Kristin Cashore's Fire
Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay
Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Andrei Cherny's Candy Bombers
Cassandra Clare's City of...Series
Catherine Clark's Wish You Were Here
Elizabeth Chandler's Kissed by an Angel
*Suzanne Collins' The Huger Games
*Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire
Jacqui D'Alessandro's Tempted by Midnight
Holly Denham's Holly's Inbox
Sarah Dessen's Along for the Ride
Sarah Dessen's Lock and Key
Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby
Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever
Alexander Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo
Jennifer Echols's Major Crush
Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush
Jostein Garrdner's Sophie’s World
Rachel Gibson's Truly Madly Yours
Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake
Silas House's Clay's Quilt
Silas House's A Parchment of Leaves
John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany
Jennifer Jabaley's Lipstick Apology
Julie James' Practice Makes Perfect
Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle
Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic Series
Alisa Kwitney's On the Couch
Margo Lanagan's Tender Morsels
Wally Lamb's I Know This Much is True
Wally Lamb's She’s Come Undone
Elizabeth Leiknes' The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns
Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure
Marina Lewycka's A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian
Anne Lindbergh's Travel Far, Pay No Fare
Astrid Lingren's Ronia the Robber’s Daughter
Ben Logan's The Land Remembers
Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars
Yann Martel's Life of Pi
*Stephenie Meyer's Twlight
Stephenie Meyer's Breaking Dawn
Stephenie Meyer's The Host
Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind
*L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables Series
Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran
*Sarah Ockler's Twenty Boy Summer
Christopher Paolini's Brisingr
Francine Pascal's Fearless
Diana Peterfreund's Rampant
Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly
Cindy Pon's Silver Phoenix
Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game
Patrick Rothfus' The Name of the Wind
Michelle Rowen's Immortality Bites
*J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series
Nicholas Spark's Three Weeks with My Brother
Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver
Joanna Trollope
Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer
Jessica Verday's The Hollow
Melissa Walker's Lovestruck Summer
*E.B. White's Charlotte’s Web
Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters

*Photo from Jefie, at VirtualTourist


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