Adult Summer Reading: Week 3

by West Bend Library on 2022-06-20 08:00:00

Welcome back to Week 3 of our adult summer reading digital displays! If you’re new to Read Beyond the Beaten Path, check out our Week 1 post here. You can also download a reading log, get more information about the program and prizes, or sign up to complete the program on Beanstack. Reminder that these posts only pertain to the adult reading program — come visit us to learn more about the youth reading program!

This week’s display is all about young adult fiction! While young adult fiction is certainly written for and about (and sometimes by) a teenage and young adult audience, that doesn't mean older adults can't enjoy the stories, too. In fact, young adult fiction is typically categorized as such because the main characters tend to be teenagers — not necessarily because the subject matter is just for teenagers. Like books for any age, you'll like some of them and you won't like others! We hope you'll like our suggestions, which span a variety of genres including contemporary, romance, fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction.

Next to each book is its catalog entry (so you can put it on hold), a link to a summary of the book, and where you can find it as an e-book or e-audiobook, if applicable — Libby (L) and/or Hoopla (H).

Young Adult Fiction

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
( catalog entry | summary | L )

A graphic showing the covers of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Hamilton and Peggy by L.M. Elliott 
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
( catalog entry | summary | L )

When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris 
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Giver by Lois Lowry 
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

A graphic showing the covers of Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh 
( catalog entry | summary  )

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
( catalog entry | summary | L )

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
( catalog entry | summary | L, H )

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
( catalog entry | summary | L )

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
( catalog entry | summary | L )


Next week we'll explore the categories of books that inspired movies or TV shows in the 2020s and graphic novels. Happy reading!