I’ve decided that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who re-read books and those who don’t. Both are fine, as I see advantages to both sides, but personally, I read books over and over again, especially over the summer. There are a couple books that I always manage to find at the library sometime in July, and they always get checked out on my library card.
For example: the Gone series by Michael Grant. All the adults disappear, and the kids who are under fifteen are left to take charge of their little area of land. Sound good to you? Well, some of them have special powers as well, and it makes things a lot more complicated. I re-read this series every year, mostly because the books just kept coming out and I had to go back to remember the latest plot twists. Warning: these books are thick. If you’ve got a lot of time—say, a long car ride or, I don’t know, a summer off from school, go ahead and read it. But if you don’t have time, don’t start yet, because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve reached the very last page.
Another good example is Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer, a modern twist on, you guessed it, Cinderella (She also wrote Geek Charming, Little Miss Red, and Wicked Jealous, all of which I would recommend). After a year of reading classics, no matter how much I may like them, it’s nice to be able to read something that doesn’t have ten different meanings. We all need a little chick lit.
Okay, so I may have saved the best for last. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is the book that I always take to the beach. A plane that is carrying beauty pageant contestants crashes and the girls have to survive on practically nothing, in the middle of an island. Hilarity ensues. The book will keep you reading and laughing as you nurse your sunburn.
So, see if these books are available at your library if you haven’t read them yet. And if you have, then maybe read them again! I think they’re worth reading many times. But whatever you do, read something. See you at the beach!