Thursday, 14 July 2011

Summer Spotlight Guest Post: Laura from The Zealous Reader picks her favourite reads from summers past!


The first thing that comes to mind for most readers is summer reading. We love our summer reading lists, our Read-a-thons and challenges, relaxing by the beach with a good book. Beyond that, most book bloggers also imagine all of the awesome debuts coming out this summer. *sigh*

Now don't get me wrong. I'm as excited about Bad Taste in Boys as the next person. But I think it's too easy as book bloggers to be caught up in the hype for new novels that we forget about the "ol' goodies" that graced our shelves years ago. 

Everyone's heard of Alyson Noel, Hailey Abbott, Melissa de la Cruz, and Ann Brashares, right? How about some new faces! Here's a collection of some older YA summer-theme novels published prior to 2008.

Summer in the City by Elizabeth Chandler
Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Spanish Holiday by Kate Cann

Island Girls (and Boys) by Rachel Hawthorne
Waves by Sharon Dogar
So Inn Love by Catherine Clark

I challenge each YA book blogger to read at least one book this summer, whether it be summer-related or not, published prior to 2008. While I recognize the importance of introducing new titles and authors we should also celebrate authors who paved the way for YA literature to reach the pinnacle it is today.

Thanks so much Laura for the great guest post! Speaking for myself I know it's easy to get lost in new summer titles, and those old goodies often get neglected! 

If you loved Laura's guest post like I did, you should stop by her very cool blog The Zealous Reader  to find out more about the girl behind the blog!


  1. I do worry that I devote too much time to new releases and forget the older books. I love the look of all of these - each one is very appealing. I haven't heard of any of them either.

  2. Love Rachel Hawthorne. I am hoping for more in the Dark Guardians series! Plus it just got option for a tv show! Eeeppp!

  3. I love the sound of Peaches! I don't read nearly enough upper YA, so this is a good challenge for me. Great feature :)

  4. They all have such pretty covers & totally make me think summer :)

  5. You're so right - we always tend to forget older books. Thanks for the recommendations! All of them seem to be so much fun!

  6. I love finding a good older title! Island Girls (and Boys) sounds like fun. Rachel Hawthorne writes such fun and entertaining books :)

  7. I added all of these to my to read list! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I haven't read any of these!
    Oh, must read some. I loved Kate Cann's books before she changed her genre.


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