Summer is finally (finally!) here. School’s out, the weather’s warm, and there’s so much more time available for us to do all the things. 🙂 One of my favorite ways to spend extra time is by reading, and I’ve been reading a lot of amazing books recently. So, I thought I’d share a few recommendations with you all to add to your TBR! I’ll be providing a little of everything, from YA fantasy to nonfiction to classics, so there’s something for everyone. 🙂
Here we go!
1. The Weaver Trilogy by Lindsay A. Franklin
I’d heard about this series among the bookish community for a while, and I finally decided to read it.
I did not expect to love it as much as I did.
The Weaver Trilogy is a gorgeous fantasy series in which stories, paintings, and songs are woven by hand into masterpieces for all to enjoy. The characters are fleshed-out and distinguishable, and I quickly fell in love with them. With each book, I became more invested in their story and their quest to rid their land of oppression against the weavers. The author tackles some tough subjects in the last two books, and because of this I would recommend the story for ages 14 and up. However, I believe that she handles these topics with tact and wisdom, presenting them non-explicitly but also calling attention to them in appropriate ways. This story will leave you thinking about it for a long time afterwards.
2. Wars of the Realm Trilogy by Chuck Black
When Drew Carter suffers a serious accident in a physics lab, he’s suddenly able to see into the realm of mysterious invaders. While searching for his friend and at the same time trying to protect another, Drew must grapple with all that he thinks he believes, for the invaders he can see are angels and demons, and time is running out.
This series is gripping and incredibly inspiring. Characters like Sydney Carlyle and Tamaral display rock-solid faith, and Drew’s journey from near fugitive to CIA agent will have you flipping pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next!
3. Ashtown Burials series by N.D. Wilson
*shrieks* I seriously cannot say enough about this AMAZING series! I just finished the third book a few days ago, and I could talk about it for hours. 🙂
Cyrus and Antigone Smith, with their older brother, Daniel, are just kids trying to survive in a world without their mom and dad. Running a sagging roadside motel helps bring in the money necessary to feed and clothe them, but their mundane life doesn’t show any signs of changing. When an old man shows up and abruptly gifts them two fantastic artifacts, Cyrus and Antigone are forced on the run. Full of action, mythology, lost civilizations, and buried treasure, the Ashtown Burials series is a wild ride from start to finish!
I could rant on and on about these books. The characters are amazing. The plot is amazing. The mythological elements incorporated into the series are amazing. The wordsmithery is amazing. The themes are amazing. But really, I should do a series review sometime. Just trust me and go read them! 😉
4. God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
The convicting, true story of a man who smuggled Bibles into closed nations, God’s Smuggler is like a real-life spy story! This book was so incredibly inspiring in that Brother Andrew and his friends were so devoted to sharing the word of God with their oppressed brothers and sisters in Christ. Genuine faith and prayer meet a thrilling story in God’s Smuggler!
5. This Changes Everything by Jaquelle Crowe
This is a fantastic nonfiction book for teens about living life in a way that honors God. Jaquelle writes personally with so many practical, helpful, and true examples about living a life that has been completely changed by the Gospel. This Changes Everything is convicting, concise, and theologically rich. I can’t recommend it highly enough!
6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ah, Pride and Prejudice, one of the most classic novels in history. I read this book for school this past year and absolutely loved it.
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the romance genre in general. However, Pride and Prejudice is so much more than just another romance story! It explores human interaction, appearance, and wit while unfolding an intriguing, masterful story. There’s a reason Jane Austen’s tales are so highly praised. 🙂 (And her heroes and heroines are lively and just amazing!)
7. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics of all time. Oliver is the sweetest little boy, and his journey from a workhouse to a den of thieves is intriguing and heartbreaking. The plot twists are very well written, and all the characters are lively and enrapturing. Oliver Twist is a wonderful, charming, classic read! 🙂
8. The Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams
I love this series SO MUCH! When I first discovered it a couple years ago, I fell in love with the story, the themes, and the characters. Reminiscent of Tolkien, the entire story is incredibly beautiful.
The Songkeeper is one meant to remind others that the Song woven by the Master Singer is still alive in the world of Leira. But there are those who wish that the Song remain forgotten. When orphaned Birdie first hears the Song burst from her lips, she is forced to flee and decide who to trust along the way – a gruff peddler, a street-smart thief, or a griffin claiming to know her past. With war orchestrated by the strategic Takhran threatening her homeworld, Birdie must discover her place and embrace who she is meant to be.
The most noticeable element of these epic fantasy books are their incredible, deep, and moving themes. And the most prominent of these is hope. Beautiful, star-bright hope. I promise, if you push through some of the slower parts, it will be worth it. I finished this series earlier this year, and I’m still thinking about it.
9. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
Haha, you knew I couldn’t get through a list without mentioning these, did you? 😉 But seriously, if you haven’t read these beautiful, beautiful books…YOU MUST.
Following the three Igiby children, along with their queenly mother, their ex-pirate grandfather, and their loyal dog, Nugget, Andrew Peterson weaves a brilliant tale with plenty of whimsy, hope, and family interaction in the mix. I’ve talked about The Wingfeather Saga so much, and it will always be towards the very top of my recommendations list.
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I first read this classic, science-fiction/fantasy tale about two years ago, and, wow. It is so incredibly good. Meg is a wonderful, relatable heroine. Calvin is a sweet, loyal friend. Charles Wallace is a lovable, precocious little brother. And their journey through the universe via tesseract is interesting and fantastic. It’s definitely a weird book, but at the same time, it’s a good kind of weird, being beautiful, fun, and fascinating. 😀
Well, there you have it! You’re welcome for adding more to your TBR. (All you bookworms probably didn’t ask me to heap more stories onto your mountainous TBR pile, but I’m doing it anyway. You’re welcome.) 😉 I hope this gives you some more books to check out, either this summer or later on!
Have a wonderful week, everyone! Stay safe. 🙂
What have you been reading lately? Any book recommendations for me? (My TBR is just as massive as yours, but I still love to heap more books on top.) 😉 Are you enjoying your summer so far? Let me know in the comments!