Sun, Fun, & A Good Read


Summer Folwell, Staff Member

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Murder Mystery

1. “Truly Devious by Moreen Johnson

In this twisting tale about murder and mayhem in the mountains of Vermont, a hundred-year-old murder-mystery resurfaces and seemingly repeats itself. “Truly Devious” is a great story to read if you want a good mystery and it’s perfect for those rainy summer nights.


2. “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo

“Shadow and Bone” is an absolute must-read fantasy novel. It tells the story of an orphan girl and her journey to find herself and the power within her. One of the highest-rated books of 2020, and if you can’t get enough of this amazing story, then you can watch the remake of it on Netflix. 


3. “Sunkissed” by Kasie West

The perfect book for sitting on the beach in the sun. “Sunkissed” is a lighthearted story about a girl on vacation with her family and her tale of summer romance and heartache. If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is the book for you.


4. “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman

“Scythe” is a book set in a futuristic world where humans have conquered death, a group of people called scythes are tasked with keeping the population under control. When two teens are forced to become scythes, they either have to learn to kill or refuse knowing that the consequence of failing could come at the cost of losing their own lives. For those looking for a dystopian thriller for the summer, this is the perfect book. 

Horror/psychological thriller

5. “The Lake” by Natasha Preston

“The Lake” is the perfect story to read if you want to stay up all night sitting around the campfire. This is the story of two girls’ back at their old summer camp, a camp full of dark and twisted secrets that threaten to spill out and ruin their summer at “The Lake.”


Historical fiction

6. “Luck of the Titanic” by Stacey Lee

Set on the ill-fated voyage of the infamous Titanic, a British-Chinese acrobat stows away on the luxury liner trying to make it to America. She goes from fighting for her dream of being in the circus, to fighting for her life. If you enjoy history with a touch of modern, this is the story for you.


7. “Off the Record” by Camryn Garrett

“Off the Record” is a relatable story of a young journalist’s struggle in the face of a huge scandal that could either land her with the story of her life or the end of her career. This story tells a tale in a time during the Me Too movement and deals with different themes in familial relations, body dysmorphia, mental well-being, and sexual and racial identity.


8. “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

While this one may seem like an overused example of classic literature, it’s overused with good reason. This classic tale of romance follows the relationship between the daughter of a gentleman and rich aristocrat Fitzwilliam Darcy as they overcome “Pride and Prejudice” to be together.


9. “Tokyo Ever After” by Emiko Jean

If you love the “Princess Diaries”, “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, and “Crazy Rich Asians”, you will absolutely love this novel. It follows the story of a teenage girl trying to find her place in the world as she navigates through finding out her absent father is the Crown Prince of Japan to dealing with her new role as a royal.