How To Kick Off An Awesome Summer: The SP Reading Challenge

Raise your hand if you were ever that kid who couldn’t wait for the summer reading program at the library. I know it wasn’t just me.

We might not be quite so little anymore, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t look forward to a stack of glorious books in summer! With that in mind, we’d like to present you with:

SP Summer Reading

The Spinning Pen Summer Reading Challenge!

Who doesn’t love a good challenge, right? You can bet that over here at the Spinning Pen, we’ll be reading ALL summer, and what’s more fun than reading? Reading and sharing books with friends!

And if that’s not enough for you, we’ll even sweeten the deal. Just like back in the day at the library, when you complete the challenge, there’s the opportunity for a prize! So if you join us on our summer reading adventure, you can come back in August and enter to win a prize. 🙂

How it works:

  1. Check out our list of recommended reading below, compiled by members of the SP and some of our fabulous Pen Friends.
  2. Read at least two books this summer.
  3. Keep an eye out for the post in August where you can enter to win a gift card for MORE BOOKS!

It’s that easy–and that fun! 🙂

Looking for a Summer Read? Check these out!

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – A brand-new Sci-Fi about a gamer-girl on a mission to find her brother by the author of the Storm Siren series!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller – An adventure story following teen-pirate captain Alosa on her quest to retrieve an ancient hidden map…twists and turns await on the high seas!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – The instant NYT bestselling contemporary YA Rom-Com “following two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.”

32969235  dotpk-final  When Dimple Met Rishi

Summerlost by Ally Condie – Contemporary Middle Grade coming-of-age story from the bestselling author of the Matched trilogy…that may need to be read with tissues.

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill – A jazz-age mystery set in the depths of Chicago.

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess – This book isn’t out until August 1st, but it’s already getting a lot of buzz. And it’s told in verse!

Unblemished by Sara Ella – a contemporary fantasy set in New York City, centering around a teen heroine with birthmark covering half her face. Bonus! The sequel, Unraveling, is coming July 11th, so you won’t have to wait long!

Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – A classic-feeling fantasy told in a fresh way, ideal for fans of epic fantasy quests.

Unblemished_cover  Unraveling_Cover  ever the hunted

Felicity by Mary Oliver – Refreshing, unstilted poetry perfect for porch/picnic reading.

King’s Folly & King’s Blood by Jill Williamson – Epic fantasy (books 1 & 2 are out, with the final installment coming soon!) that follows the royal families of several kingdoms as “one world crumbles and another rises in its place.”

Martin Marten by Brian Doyle – The story of a fourteen-year-old boy and a pine marten both coming-of-age near Mount Hood in Oregon.

Fire by Kristin Cashore – a fantastic fantasy set in the Graceling Realm (They don’t need to be read in order.)

A Study in Charlotte and The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro – A charming contemporary YA take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, where Holmes’ and Watson’s descendants end up at boarding school together…despite the fact that their families have warned them away from each other.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – A literary adventure story that’s part mystery, part magical realism, part nerdy tech fun. (And the cover glows in the dark!) 


fire cover  a study in charlotte  mr penumbra

Go forth and read, Pen Friends!



Dana, signing off to read ALL THE BOOKS.


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