20 Books of Summer +1 #20BooksofSummer2021

Thanks to Cathy at https://746books.com/2021/06/01/its-20-books-of-summer-time/ for sharing the 20 Books of Summer Challenge again!!! Yay summer reading!

During the summer of 2020, I participated in Cathy’s #20booksofsummer2020 and I LOVED it!

I enjoyed reading my choices and the posts of others readers as they shared their summer read picks. It made a season of quarantine feel like it a had some sense of community.

For Summer 2021, I am eager to dive into my summer reads, but I’m going to challenge myself to 21 reads before September 1st! #20booksofsummer2021 +1.

As the volunteer librarian at my children’s school, I host a reading club each year, and I always try to include the books in contention for the Mark Twain Award. There at 12 books nominated each year, and I have yet to be disappointed whenever I read those nominated. Students love them and often make informal waiting lists on my library desk for the Mark Twain Award titles. These 12 titles will definitely make up part of my 21 reads this summer, so I thought I would kick the list off with the nominees.

Shine!
Summer Read #1: Mark Twain Award Nominee #1: Shine by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein
Pay Attention, Carter Jones
Summer Read #2: Mark Twain Award Nominee #2: Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
The Bridge Home
Summer Read #3: Mark Twain Award Nominee #3: The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
New Kid (New Kid, #1)
Summer Read #4: Mark Twain Award Nominee #4: New Kid by Jerry Craft
Song for a Whale
Summer Read #5: Mark Twain Award Nominee #5: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Shouting at the Rain
Summer Read #6: Mark Twain Award Nominee #6: Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation (Charlie Thorne #1)
Summer Read #7: Mark Twain Award Nominee #7: Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse
Summer Read #8: Mark Twain Award Nominee #8: Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught
Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen
Summer Read #9: Mark Twain Award Nominee #9: Bernice Buttman, Model Citizen by Niki Lenz
The Memory Keeper
Summer Read #10: Mark Twain Award Nominee #10: The Memory Keeper by Jennifer Camiccia
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA
Summer Read #11: Mark Twain Award Nominee #11: The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Benda Woods
White Bird: A Wonder Story
Summer Read #12: Mark Twain Award Nominee #12: White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

M.C. Higgins, the Great
Summer Read #13: M.C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton is a book I often recommend to students in the library, but it’s beena while since I read it the first time and want to revisit this amazing story.

I always seem to get sucked into one or two series of books a year and 2021 has been no exception. Thanks to my gal pals Andrea, Erin, and Jody, I have been introduced to Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series and Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series. I have found these books to be highly entertaining and often find myself thinking of the character as if they were real people.

Second Chance Pass (Virgin River, #5)
Summer Read #14: Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr
When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6)
Summer Read #15: When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn

Because summer means baseball in my world, I always gravitate to at least one baseball book a year. For 2021 I am going to re-visit Calico Joe by John Grisham. You can never go wrong with a story of good guys winning.

Calico Joe
Summer Read #16: Calico Joe by John Grisham

Thanks to Goodreads.com and my fiends at Downtown Book & Toy in Jefferson City, Mo, I have found myself desperate to read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. It has to be a best seller for a reason!

The Midnight Library
Summer Read #17: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan on non-fiction, especially when it comes to giving ideas for positive living. Jen Hatmaker, Jen Sincero, and Eben Alexander M.D. are my authors of choice this summer. It’s bound to be a badass, fierce, free, and fiery summer!

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You
Summer Read #18: Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You by Jen Hatmaker
Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick
Summer Read #19: Bad Ass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick by Jen Sincero

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Summer Read #20: Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.


June 22nd! I have to wait until June 22, 2021 to get my hands on my last pick. Laura McHugh has become one of my FAVORITE suspense writers and I am sooooo excited for her latest work to hit bookstore shelves.

What's Done in Darkness
Summer Read #21: What’s Done in Darkness by Laura McHugh

By: Melanie A. Peters

P.S. What are you reading this summer?

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