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For this month, we’re giving you a list filled with books that will surely keep you reading all summer. Enjoy!
Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Tosh loves his grandma Honey and her delicious golden tea cakes. When she tells the story of how the cookies became part of their family, he feels like he's flying back in time. But then one day, Honey starts forgetting things, even an ingredient for the tea cakes. Inspired by his love for his grandma and respect for his family's heritage, Tosh finds a way to give Honey and himself a special gift that keeps the memory alive. - Goodreads
Genre: (Children’s) Fiction
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again. - Goodreads
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Wild by Ben Okri
As acclaimed for his poetic vision as for the beauty of his language, in these poems Okri captures both the tenderness and the fragility, as well as the depths and the often hidden directions of our lives. To him, the 'wild' is an alternative to the familiar, where energy meets freedom, where art meets the elemental, where chaos can be honed. The wild is our link to the stars...
Ranging across a wide variety of subjects, from the autobiographical to the philosophical, from war to love, from nature to the difficulty of truly seeing, these poems reconfigure the human condition, in unusual light, through their mastery of tone and condensed brilliance. - Goodreads
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran’s masterpiece, The Prophet, is one of the most beloved classics of our time. Published in 1923, it has been translated into more than twenty languages, and the American editions alone have sold more than nine million copies.
The Prophet is a collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Gibran’s musings are divided into twenty-eight chapters covering such sprawling topics as love, marriage, children, giving, eating and drinking, work, joy and sorrow, housing, clothes, buying and selling, crime and punishment, laws, freedom, reason and passion, pain, self-knowledge, teaching, friendship, talking, time, good and evil, prayer, pleasure, beauty, religion, and death.
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
Adi Alsaid’s debut novel Let’s Get Lost is a contemporary YA novel that centers around four teens and who links all of them together: Laila. This mysterious figure helps the four protagonists with their troubles, finally ending with Leila’s story. This story resembles the likes of Paper Towns, as travel is a big component to the story, which is what initially attracted me to this story. Although written well, the story was a let down as Laila seemed a bit too perfect, bordering the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope. The storyline also happens to be stereotypical and predictable for my liking, but in the end provided a cute and entertaining read.
I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in travel-themed YA that’s pretty typical of its genre, but a lighthearted and nice read in the end.
Adele’s rating: 3/5 stars