June 29, 2015
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is how the old saying goes but let’s be honest; we all do it. A good cover can pull us in and entice us, but a bad cover can make us lose interest without even knowing what the book is about. Here is a list of recommended summer reads from the Pembina Trail YAC, and the members also took a look at the covers of their picks to see what works for them and what doesn’t!
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Craig Gilner is an ambitious teenager who is determined to get into the school of his dreams; however, the pressure to succeed gets to him and one night, he nearly kills himself. After checking himself into a mental hospital, he meets patients that change his life and help him face his inner demons. The cover of this book represents Craig's "anchors" (what helps him get through life and keeps him grounded), which can inspire everyone who reads this book to think of what they love to do, or who in their life keeps them grounded and able to face themselves every day. This book is heartwarming and uplifting, supporting its sad moments with self-deprecating humour and its dull moments with- well, there aren't really any dull moments! A must-read.
Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep
Cold Burn of Magic includes all three of my personal favourite elements of a good story: intrigue, magic, and mystery. Its a modern fantasy story, based in a small town known as "the most magical place in America." And the town is magical, provided you don't run afoul of the ruling Families. I like the cover well enough, especially the black silhouettes against the blue and purple sky.
Paper Towns by John Green
Margo Roth Spiegelman was tired of living in Orlando, where she believed was a paper town. Before departing on her long journey, she spent her last night with her neighbour Quentin Jacobsen completing a list of 11 things. Margo then disappears and leaves tiny clues for Quentin on where to find her, allowing him to embrace his inner wildness and go on his own adventure. This is a great cover because a pin in a map represents a journey, as this book is filled with adventure and fun stuff happening all the time.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Yet another twist on the always classic fairy tale, Cinder has your evil stepsisters, your handsome prince, your poor cyborg mechanic… Wait… Did you say a Cyborg Mechanic? Yes! It’s a sci-fi twist on Cinderella! There are all the aspects of the original beloved story with sci-fi flair such as a plague that’s spreading across the earth, a corrupt lunar government, and, as I may have already mentioned, cyborgs. I think the cover of this book suits it well, because it shows the famous glass slipper, but as well the differences in the storyline by showing the metal skeleton in her foot.
Royal Wedding: Princess Diaries 11 by Meg Cabot
For fans of Meg Cabot, rejoice as she has continued the Princess Diaries series with the eleventh book, Royal Wedding. It is just as hilarious as the others. Just one look at the cover will tell you all you need to know about this book as it clearly shows us what Princess Mia has on her mind.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Considering most of you will have time, I suggest that you looking into reading one of my favorite books called The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Although it is lengthy, it is definitely worthwhile as it explores a topic that many aren’t quite familiar with. On a side note, I chose this book because I love the cover. There are two version of it, the most common being the one with birds on a branch and another with the 4 main characters played in the movie adaptation. Both covers are amazing and very simplistic therefore telling a lot about the type of book that it will be and grabbing readers’ attention.
Chime by Franny Billingsley
The book I suggest is Chime by Franny Billingsley. I enjoyed the book because of how it centers around the searching for truth and love. The author was very descriptive and the book had a lot of suspense, making me unable to put the book down. The new cover displays the spirits and main character of the book, but i like the old cover better where it displays and emphasizes more on the nature and setting the book is written in.
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
My book recommendation is a book called “The Candymakers”. I like this book because it brings you into a brilliant world of confectionary dreams and it brings your imagination to life. This book has an element of mystery but not in the Sherlock Holmes way. The cover is magnificently designed because it shows you how busy the book will be. It consists of the 4 main characters and the candy factory at which the book takes place. I hope you enjoy this book.
The series of books I recommend is called "Paranormalcy Trilogy". They are fiction novels by Kiersten White. The whole series is about the paranormals, such like vampires, werewolves, faerie and even shapeshifter. The descriptions of the scenes and people's personalities are fabulous and detailed, also the plot is attractive, it makes you want to read more. The main character is called "Evie", she is a generous, brave and amazing girl. I believe the readers will enjoy the books and improve the writing skills through them. "The clock is sticking on the entire paranormal world. And it's fate rests solely in Evie's hands."---A quote from the book.
Artemis fowl is the book I chose: the cover of the book is cool because it has writing on it that is not human! I found it intriguing because of that. The book itself is intriguing and I would read it again. The book is about a boy who lives in a world where there are fairies and I don't want to get into detail so I’ll stop there.