The Muse 2012 Ultimate Reading Guide to Summer

There is nothing better to do in the summer than sit in the sun by the lakeside and dig into a good book. Here are 10 books you must (by order of Muse) read in the coming months of sweating, reading, and sleeping in late.

1o. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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This is a book for lovers of adventure, and summer, and small boys that like to fish. Tom is a guy I would love to know, and talk with. (If I could Unner’stan ‘im long ’nuff.)

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer

9. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

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If I could write like Lemony Snicket can, I’d probably have you convinced you to stay FAR AWAY from my blog by now. And you’d leave laughing.

“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.” – Lemony Snicket

8. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society is the kind of book that I would write a book about. It is a perfect blend of child adventurer geniuses, and evil masterminds, and red buckets. (Also: Evil twins. Always a plus.)

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship.” – Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Mysterious Benedict Society

7. The Screwtape Letters by Clive Staples Lewis

The only appropriate demon-related humor book you will ever read, and be wiser for the reading of. I could say much about the author, but I already have. Read the book.

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ” – C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters

6. Redwall by Brian Jacques

There is, contrary to popular belief, art in writing books about talking animals. This art is entirely the result of the works of Brian Jacques. Redwall is a story worthy of reading to your grandchild, or your grandfather, depending, of course, on your age.

“Friend is a very small word, // A little sound we make, // For one who is true, one who will do, // Great deeds for friendship’s sake.” – Brian Jacques

5. Poor Richard by James Daughtery

Poor Richard by James Daughtery changed my view of historical/biographical fiction. Which basically means I now have said view. Which is basically, “The stuff is gooood…”

“There were so many rooms in that luminous mind. Every minute, something was going on in each one of them.” – James Daughtery’s Poor Richard

4. Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl by N.D. Wilson

Your mind needs to go on a theological joy ride. Expect grinning faces, dying people, and the smell of old popcorn.

“Welcome to His poem. His play. His novel. Let the pages flick your thumbs.” – N.D. Wilson’s Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl

3. You are a Writer by Jeff Goins

A realization for the writer who thinks he’s aspiring. (He isn’t.)

“And who are you? A writer, if you’ll believe it.” – Jeff Goins’ You are a Writer

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

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Nice, Mrs. Collins. You wrote a series I can’t put down. I needed my hands, but now there glued to your books. Thanks a lot.

“And it is true, Peeta has always had enough to eat. But there’s something kind of depressing about living your life on stale bread, the hard, dry loaves that no one else wanted.” –Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

1. The Bible by God

A predictable end? Totally. Does that make it less applicable? No. This is a book you need to read. Seriously, though. HAVE to. Today. :-)

“In the beginning…” – God

Until the next…


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