Every active bibliophile knows that summer brings beach reads and travel tomes, stories to get lost in for a week, a day, or an afternoon. So grab your sunglasses and suitcases and don’t forget to pack a book (or three). Here are some great titles from GenZ Publishing you should check out this summer!
What should you read this Summer? Book enthusiast, L. Austen Johnson has you covered. Here are her suggestions:
A Poet and His Errant Pen by Adrian DeBarros
Do you like humor? Do you like poetry? (If you answered no to both, then are you human?) (If you answered yes, read on) This collection is for you! It uses comedic and metaphoric writing to stich together a story of Adrian DeBarros’ life. It’s a story of viewing nature indoors with your head out the window. About growing up and changing perspectives. Readers will see the power and whimsicality of this poet and his errant pen.
Believe What You Breathe by Galanty Miller
Believe What You Breathe is another poignant and, at times, comedic story. It’s narrated by Hassan Kone, a 102-year-old Sudanese nomad, living near the Red Sea, and tells two intertwining stories: the story of his great-great-great granddaughter Lala and the story of Tom Smith. For fans of stories like To Kill a Mockingbird with ambient settings and child saviors. Watch as magical Lala turns the tragedies of her past into her strength.
Celtic Cowhunter by W. Bradley Phares
This is a heartfelt memoir by Phares, who is an 8th generation American rancher. He redefines the rancher experience, channeling the stories of his family, land, and history into his art and writing. Phares is a rancher, artist, poet, writer, and attorney, and he brings these different perspectives to Celtic Cowhunter to portray a slice of contemporary ranching life.
Doodles by Dee by Dee Doodling
In case you haven’t heard yet, adult coloring books are in! And author Sara “Dee” Diaz adds her cute, original art to the group, showing that coloring really is for everyone. You’ll enjoy this book for its quirky images, zentangle flair, and compact size, which makes it a perfect companion for traveling.
The Mills’ Tome of Tales: A Grimm Revival by Carl Mills
Inspired by the Grimm Fairy Tales, this original collection from Carl Mills attempts to depict the color of living in its forty-nine short stories. This format makes it perfect for anyone who just wants to read a little bit before bed but doesn’t want to get sucked into a novel. It’s a quirky bit of writing that shows the reader the price of poor decisions, and each story acts as its own cautionary tale.
Dry World by Dylan Brock
Dylan James Brock’s Dry World is about how close love can be to a psychosis. It’s not your typical romantic drama, however, as the narration is told by a split mind (think M. Night Shymalan’s 2016 Split). In this book, two love stories are portrayed simultaneously. The result is an impactful bildungsroman about mental illness, love, and personal growth.
Revelation (The Gospel of Thomas #1) by K.J. Cartnell
What happens when a devout believer and a hardcore skeptic fall in love? In Revelation, two teens strike up a conversation in an airport lobby: Thomas, a shy budding photographer, and Adeline, the beautiful daughter of the town pastor. Adeline’s highly-scripted life is suddenly upended, as she and Thomas come to terms with their faith and their love. For fans of Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Gayle Forman’s Just One Day.
Evanescence (Black Rose #1) by R.J. Rogue
If your first thoughts when reading the title were of a certain female-fronted Rock band, then you’re not that far off. This book is a little bit punk, with Rogue “revamping” what it means to be a vampire. Evan Macrae learns that he is adopted at age sixteen, and he’s a bit of a late-bloomer. A late-blooming vampire, that is. He meets the Macrae clan, his real vamp fam, and tries to prepare for his new life, but he has a pesky destiny he must learn to fulfill along the way. Growing up hard when you’re a vampire.
L. Austen Johnson is a university student, studying English, Archaeology, and Astronomy. She’s an avid reader, a sometimes writer, and an attempter of various art projects. When’s she’s not in class, you can find her searching for animals to pet, singing off-key in the shower, and learning the art of making tea. Find her at Instagram @lojoismyrappername or her Goodreads.