Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Reading Guide & Tips for Picking the Perfect Book.

Walking into a bookstore can be overwhelming. You are baffled with choices and options galore, not knowing which story to commit to. You may even be a bit nervous to ask someone for help. Whether you buy one book at a time or five books at a time you want to make sure you pick the right book for you. You might be someone who is likes comfort and is real into reading contemporary fiction that resembles real life scenarios or you want to take a risk this summer and read something absolutely different. Here are a few suggestions for you that are both new and older titles that are available at most book stores and libraries. But first some tips on picking out the perfect book for yourself.

When you enter a bookstore and you see tables and displays at the end of bookshelves (end caps) piled with books, these are most likely the popular titles at the moment. They are what's requested most and what everyone is talking about.

Also please don't be afraid to ask an employee for help. They read and see what everyone is asking for, they talk with customers about books so it's pretty definite they will know a great book to recommend if you give them specifics of what you like and don't like in a book. Remember they are passionate readers like yourself.

Remember to talk to people who are looking for books with you. Simply asking, "What's the last book you read?" to someone who shares the same interest can be a great source for something new, and a great way to start a discussion about books.

Your local library is full of fun helpful people as well. They have a passionate staff as well and know of other outlets for you such as reading groups, websites, and sometimes they even do giveaways. I have even received free books in my mailbox because they got extra promotion copies for giveaways.

There are not as many as before but I encourage you to visit a used bookstore as well. You can often find popular titles here that may be 3 to 6 months old at a great price. Someone is always selling or donating their used books to make space for new ones. This is a book store I visit every time I vacation in the summer at Morro Bay. Friendly staff and I get the best treasure hunting experience.


When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . .


For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn't materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero's parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she's so much more than a name.


"I want you to do something with the place. Something epic."

After being entrusted with her brother's Los Angeles apartment for the summer as a graduation gift, Emi Price isn't sure how to fulfill his one condition: that something great take place there while he's gone. Emi may be a talented young production designer, already beginning to thrive in the competitive film industry, but she still feels like an average teen, floundering when it comes to romance.

But when she and her best friend, Charlotte, discover a mysterious letter at the estate sale of a Hollywood film legend, Emi must move beyond the walls of her carefully crafted world to chase down the loose ends of a movie icon’s hidden life, leading her to uncover a decades’ old secret and the potential for something truly epic: love.


Ever since her parents began fighting, Auden has been unable to sleep at night. Now, spending a summer at a charming beach town with her father and his new family, she has to find new places to pass the time she spends awake. And so she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac who becomes her nighttime guide. Together, they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she has missed; for Eli, to come to terms with the death of a friend. In her trademark blockbuster-style, Sarah Dessen creates a powerful and irresistible story of two people learning how to connect.


A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter's town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam's girlfriend while he's in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn't at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what's real and what's fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds - her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

Summer is the best time to get into a series, and why not dive into one that is completely available? Here are three great series to read that offer something for everyone. I'll list a few pop culture references that you can associate with each series to help in your choosing. We'll play, If You Like This, Then You Will Definitely Like This. If any of theses titles perk your interest then be sure to click the covers to add them to your Goodreads lists. I'll only include summaries for the books in the series, so there are no spoilers.



Mad Max, Total Recall, The Matrix, The 100, and the Legend Series

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war's origin that she never knew to ask.

Playing on our curiosity of and fascination with the complete collapse of civilization, Partials is, at its heart, a story of survival, one that explores the individual narratives and complex relationships of those left behind, both humans and Partials alike—and of the way in which the concept of what is right and wrong in this world is greatly dependent on one's own point of view.



The Vampire Diaries, X-Men, Delirium Series, Divergent Series, and Hunger Games

I am a monster

I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.



The Walking Dead, Warm Bodies, World War Z, The Village, and Vampire Diaries.

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Now go out and READ, READ, READ!!!

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