Summer Reading List 2012

Posted by Shmoop on 6/6/12 10:10 AM

That's right—it's time to introduce our 3rd Annual Summer Reading List. If you're looking to get lost in the pages (or Kindle screens) of some seriously awesome summer reads, you've come to the right place.*

*The right place is Shmoop, in case you were wondering.


Lord of the Rings Trilogy

  • Because, come on, when else will you have the time?

The Hobbit

Lord of the Flies

  • If you're dreaming of an island getaway, this will majorly rain on your parade.


  • Take the summer to be at one with nature... and a book.

The Bacchae

  • Summertime… and the living is easy.

Call of the Wild

  • Sure, it's about winter, but summer is the best time to heed the call.


  • This one's about a summer camp—a prison camp, but hey, it's hot and there's a lake.

The Phantom Tollbooth

  • School's out, but learning's not.


  • Roald Dahl: a kid's best friend. He'll even help you plan some pranks for next year.

The Alchemyst

  • You're going to want to jump on this bandwagon. Trust us.

Beautiful Creatures

The Sun Also Rises

  • It's kind of like The Bacchae (see above)In Spain. With bullfighters.

The Three Musketeers

  • Need some inspiration for summer adventure? These are your guys. P.S. Swashbuckling. Great word.

Light in August

  • Self-explanatory.
  • Suffering from withdrawal? Relive the magic.
  • Duh.

 Big Sur

  • Just because it's awesome.

Catching Fire

  • Lather, rinse, and repeat until you can move on to Mockingjay.


  • You know, just some light reading.

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