Summer is upon us! Whether you will be spending a vacation on the beach, booking a city staycation, or just planning to lounge and chill at home, a good book on hand will always feel like a relaxing escape.
If you are looking for fresh (and even old) books to include in your own reading lists, you might get some ideas from the Fully Booked team. Check out this month's Staff Picks: Summer Reads.
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The Priory of the Orange Tree might be quite intimidating to read as it has over 800+ pages. But Ead's adventures and the world-building will keep you 'booked' during your summer break whether by the beach or within the four walls of your room. This epic fantasy has sapphic romance, magic, and dragons that got me hooked up until its last page. Samantha Shannon's writing style and the story pacing is quite good that you won't even notice how many pages you have consumed in one-sitting.
When I think of the perfect summer read, I think about the stories I would get lost in as a little girl. Long summer days were spent with my nose stuck in a book like this one. I've read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak thrice (there will be more!), and I find something new to love about it each time. It's a story that follows a young girl in Nazi-occupied Germany, and is narrated by Death. It imparts a few valuable lessons: how radical small acts of compassion are, and how our thirst for knowledge, connection, and hope bolster the human spirit in times of adversity.
In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens is a perfect summer read candidate. Containing the elements of sea-faring, the beach, a sweet and tangy love story between two unlikely “friends”.
Soft as the white beach sands, and gentle like the sea breeze, this story would definitely get you hooked and await for your happy ending.
For me, summer is more about strong but fragmented memories than it is a chronological experience of days. So, short stories seem to be appropriate for the summer season—sneaking in pages while you’re resting from the heat or taking a break from summer adventures. Ted Chiang’s short stories are always intriguing, thought-provoking, and poignant. After reading one story, one is often struck silent and compelled to ruminate on what was just read. It’s a great way to slow down your brain and get a respite from the summer frenzy.
Match the beaming warmth of the sun with an equally comforting and heartwarming book. Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Gloryby Raphael Bob-Waksberg is an off-beat collection of hilarious short stories about love and all the best and worst things about it. One of the things I liked about this book is its dedication to be genuinely honest: a book that will make you laugh, cringe and cry, and then laugh again—each story is an original of its own but always hits close to home.
From the creator of the beloved and universally acclaimed television series BoJack Horseman, a fabulously offbeat collection of short stories about love—the best and worst thing in the universe
In “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion,” a young couple engaged to be married is forced to deal with interfering relatives dictating the appropriate number of ritual goat sacrifices for their wedding. “Missed Connection—m4w” is the tragicomic tale of a pair of lonely commuters eternally failing to make that longed-for contact. And in “More of the You That You Already Are,” a struggling employee at a theme park of dead presidents finds that love can’t be genetically modified.
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Tackling some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine, these stories will change the way you think, feel, and see the world. They are Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory.
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.
Get The Book Thief, Anniversary Edition (Hardcover) by Markus Zusak and other young adult, historical fiction books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.
Tasked with watching over the prisoner, Tal is surprised to feel an intense connection with the roguish Athlen. So when Athlen leaps overboard and disappears, Tal feels responsible and heartbroken, knowing Athlen could not have survived in the open ocean.
That is, until Tal runs into Athlen days later on dry land, very much alive, and as charming—and secretive—as ever. But before they can pursue anything further, Tal is kidnapped by pirates and held ransom in a plot to reveal his rumored powers and instigate a war. Tal must escape if he hopes to save his family and the kingdom. And Athlen might just be his only hope…
Get In Deeper Waters (Hardcover) by F.T. Lukens and other young adult books online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.Learn More