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Wanna get some great books to read over the summer (if you’re a bookworm like me)? I love reading about the Catholic Church, but I will admit that I need a break every once in a while. Here are some titles I recommend for fun reading. Hope you guys enjoy and have a great summer! (This list is in no particular order.)

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova   Six stars for this one because it’s awesome enough to earn an extra one! This book is the perfect blend of history with a touch of fantasy. Do you like vampires? Cool stories about historic figures? Odd secrets? Crypts? This is the book for you.

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck   In all honesty, you’ll have to read this book in high school (like I did this past year), so why not get a head start? It’s actually a great little book, really short, and an easy read. But it has a TON of stuff in it. For my fellow English lovers, there are parallel scenes, touches of imagery, and interesting universal messages. For those who love a good plot, there are two friends, a desperate wife, ranch workers, and a little accidental murder on the side. This book is a little depressing, as its overall message is about loneliness, but it’s a good read.

A Separate Peace byJohn Knowles  This book has a bit of everything. It was also assigned reading for our English class this past year, but I honestly enjoyed it. Two friends, betrayal, jealousy, trees, accidents, fake wars, loss of innocence, mock trials, and a sad death…and a Christ figure. Sound interesting?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury   You guys already know how much I love Ray Bradbury from my tribute post, so I won’t go into that again. But this book is truly FABULOUS. Each time I read it, I find another reason to love it all over again. One of my absolute favorite books EVER. Let me be clear, though: it’s not sci-fi! This book has something to tell us now, not something to tell us in 100 years. Read it and see what you get from it.

Daddy’s Little Girl by Mary Higgins Clark    I have been a devoted Mary Higgins Clark fan for many years, and this is my favorite book that she’s written. It’s about a girl who grows up after the murder of her older sister when she was small…and she uncovers thereal murderer. Wonderful…and scary. Seriously, this book terrified me during some parts. You’ll see.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott   This is a classic and it’s a great book. I know some of you guys are thinking, “Gee, what is WRONG with this kid?!”, but you just don’t know what you’re missing. This book contains beautiful writing and beautiful lessons within its pages, so I highly recommend it to everyone.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini   Brought me to tears a few times! This book is about pride, fear, betrayal, and forgiveness.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini   Strong women who live through a tough situation in Afghanistan. Wonderful story!

*The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson   The author’s idea of what really happened to the boy king. Great historical fiction!

*A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George   This woman is Mary Higgins Clark for the U.K.! Any of her murder mysteries are amazingly well-written and have great plots with characters you’ll love and enjoy (at least I did…).

Anyway, those are just a few suggestions to get you started. Let me know what you guys think of these books!

* I recommend these books and anything by these authors, but I wanted to caution you about something. These authors (in these particular books and in their other works) use sex scenes frequently. Now, the plots are great because they’re both brilliant writers…but the sex scenes are pretty involved (for lack of a better word). So I encourage you to either skip over these scenes (which you can easily do) or to not even buy the books if you will be tempted to read those scenes because reading them might open up the occasion for lustful thoughts. Just a warning.


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