Looking for a Good Summer Read?

This last weekend was hot enough to get a sunburn–trust me I know. =) But that also means it’s getting warm enough to curl up with a great book on a picnic blanket or hammock (preferably in the shade where you won’t get a sunburn as easily) =). With school getting out right around the corner, it’s time to make your summer reading list, and maybe even one for the kids. So here’s a list of ten awesome summer reads that you will enjoy, and may even pull your kid away from the summer video games:

Guardians of the Hidden Scepter by Frank L. ColeGuardians of the Hidden Scepter by Frank L. Cole

Amber never dreamed her archaeology class would turn into a top secret mission that would take her across the globe, but when her teacher goes missing, Amber realizes it’s up to her to protect the Hidden Scepter or risk unleashing an ancient power too terrifying to imagine. This guaranteed page-turner from the bestselling author of the Hashbrown Winters series is perfect for the adventurer in your family.


Bumpy Landings by Don Carey

When Jordan MacDonald goes behind his mother’s back to get his pilot’s license, he soon finds out that a life full of dishonesty attracts more turbulence than he’s ever faced in the air. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, this heartwarming story of romance and self-discovery will take you to new heights with each turn of the page.


Utah, Coming of Age Novel, sheep, juvenile fictionWasatch Summer by Anola Pickett

While eleven-year-old Hannah Turner cares for the family’s sheep alone in the mountains, she faces the most unlikely dangers””from snakes to Indians to the Bear Lake monster. This delightful coming-of-age novel will enthrall young and old alike as Hannah learns to overcome fears and trust in herself to make the right decisions.


The Perfect Token by Cathryn Tew

Brietta has long given up on finding her true love””that is, until she meets John. Charming, handsome, and perfect, he’s everything she’s ever wanted. But her plans go awry when she finds out John may already be planning to propose””to another girl! Filled with humor and a touch of sass, this book reminds you that finding love is a journey of self-discovery.


Wings of light, YA Fantasy, Elves, magicWings of Light by Laura Bingham

In Älvor, sixteen-year-old Erin and her twin brother, Bain journeyed to become immortal elves””but the search for their mother has just begun. With new information that their mother may be alive, Erin desperately seeks to bring her back home. But when old enemies threaten her quest, Erin must turn to new friends for help and learn that some magic is better left unexplored.


The MISadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn by Donna L. Peterson (Released June, available now for download on Net Galley)

Everybody calls Phillip Isaac Penn, Pip. And usually they yell it at the top of their lungs. Sure he might forget to close the classroom mice’s cage door, or leave his mother’s hair dryer in bathtub (hey, it’s unplugged), and he might even make it so that Liar Lizzy gets caught, but that doesn’t make him bad. It’s just not easy being a kid.


In The Company of Angels by David Farland (Released June)

The Willie Handcart Company of 1856 experienced both trial and miracles. Become part of the company as you follow three of its members in a moving masterpiece that takes you from the green fields of Denmark to the icy peaks of the Rockies in a saga that elevates and enriches all readers.

Perdition’s Gateway by Terrance S. Drake (Released June)

Cryoni researcher Dr. Conner Brandt has volunteered to die–for one year. But his business partners, sensing enormous profit, and a dying billionaire, desperate for a chance at life, won’t wait that long before they use his research for themselves. What they don’t know is that Brandt is fighting, quite literally, to save the world””and his soul.


Count Down to Love by Julie N. Ford (Released July)

Kelly Grace Pickens is excited to get married””until she’s abandoned at the altar. Desperate, she accepts an offer to appear on a reality TV show similar to The Bachelor, called Count Down to Love. Her country ways are a stark contrast to the mysterious bachelor from New York and other contestants. Wading through hurt and betrayal, Kelly discovers that being true to yourself is essential to finding happiness and love.


The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young (Released July)

Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.


What books are you looking forward to this summer?