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32 Great Books for this Summer's Reading

Todd Carlsen
The list author says: "This list includes excellent newer releases, a few great works of nonfiction, and literature classics."
Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Bantam Classics)
"An all-time classic with a little romance that is about the title itself. By the unabridged version."
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
"Rave reviews for this notable book. Maybe the best book of 2010. Already a World War II classic."
The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
The Secret Life of Bees: Tie In Edition
"One of the ultimate summer reading book."
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
"A story of survival and what it really means to be a human."
The Help
The Help
"A great story and loved by many readers, despite warm but not enthusiastic reviews from critics. A page-turner."
Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes Trilogy)
Here Be Dragons (Welsh Princes Trilogy)
"Sharon Kay Penman is the master of interesting historical writing for the age of Tutors, give or take a couple centuries. Power, romance... it'a all here. This is the first book of a trilogy and sets the benchmark."
FDR
FDR
"This book won the Francis Parkman Prize for excellence in historical writing. The turbulent history is engrossing. Born rich, he was stricken with polio and later helped “the forgotten man” when he led America through the Great Depression. His fireside chats build a close bond with Americans. He led USA to victory in WWII over Hitler. FDR was gregarious and charming. He was a great president."
Escape
Escape
"The true memoir of a woman who lives and then escapes a polygamous religious group. Her story is engrossing and stunning."
Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
"The first-rate author is both an award-winning writer of literature and a doctor. If you love a great life story, this is the book for you."
Eragon (Inheritance)
Eragon (Inheritance)
"This is one of the best books you will ever read despite being fantasy. You can also buy this is a box set with the rest of the series."
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
"Simply incredible! Winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2006. Just read the reviews!"
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Series)
"This is the first book in this highly-regarded, bestselling trilogy. Among the most notable reads today."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"A recent classic. If you actually have not read this, BUY NOW! From America, a man recounts his previous life in Afghanistan, where his best friend is a family servant, and he returns. You learn about Afghanistan and the harsh rules that society can impose. Also read "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by the same author."
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"This best-seller was recently made into a movie."
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
"This book won the National Book Award and is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the depression, his crimes, and the catastrohic world war of world conquest he started. 60 million people died in World War II. This is one of the best-selling books of all-time. Must read!"
Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
"Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2005. An amazing lesson."
The Twilight Saga Collection
The Twilight Saga Collection
"This series by Stephanie Meyer is a modern classic among young adults."
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried
"Amazing writing. Tim O'Brien invokes in the reader a feeling of deeply understanding the war experiences of Vietnam War soldiers. This book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize."
Sing You Home
Sing You Home
"By a very popular author. A personal story that is relevant for our times."
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)
"An unforgettable account of the experiences of Scandinavian settlers on the prairie, with hardships. An underrated masterpiece. Rolvaag worked as a fisherman in Norway starting at age 14 and immigrated to America six years later. He wrote this book in a wood cabin. He later became a noted professor at St. Olaf College. Also read “The Emigrants” by Vilhelm Moberg and "My Antonio" by Willa Cather."
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
"A great book about these famous women and famous stories in history. If you do not know this story, buy now."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"An award-winning masterpiece story set during WWII. Death tells this story. Written for young adults but a moving masterpiece for anyone of any age. Buy now!"
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression
"A delightful memoir of midwest farm life during the Great Depression years."
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era (Oxford History of the United States)
"This outstanding book won the Pulitzer Prize and is the best single-volume book on the Civil War, bar none. It covers all the battles and so much more, including the long-series of political events leading up to the war, the economic forces, history tidbits, etc. Also consider the outstanding illustrated edition. James M. McPherson won the Nevins-Freeman Award for excellence in Civil War history."
Cry, the Beloved Country
Cry, the Beloved Country
"An all-time masterpiece set in South Africa. Deeply penetrating. Impacting. If you have not read this book, buy now!"
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
"One the most enjoyed works of literature recently for some people."
Good Night, Mr. Tom
Good Night, Mr. Tom
"This book will touch you like few others. The story is set during WWII in Great Britain. The book is young adult but adults will find this one of the best books ever. Buy it and share it."
Washington: A Life
Washington: A Life
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. As first president, “the indispensible man” set important head of state traditions. Washington could have served for life but transitioned power uneventfully. He led the USA forces during the Revolutionary War for eight years and won despite unfavorable odds. A man of steady character."
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
"This book with a subtle Christian theme has become a notable bestseller."
Night (Night)
Night (Night)
"An unforgettable memoir of the Holocaust. Wiesel won the Nobel Prize."
The Known World
The Known World
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Time Magazine called this book "a masterpiece." Outstanding writing. Jones is one of the greatest writers because of the superb writing in this book, although not everyone may appreciate it."
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. It is a great history of the events leading to the Great Depression. Financiers made mistakes. The financial system was flawed, including a flawed version of the gold standard, money supply errors, World War I reparations, leveraged speculation, few financial regulations and a lack of good leadership. FDR removing USA from the gold standard and recovery ensued."