The summer is halfway over and we have been remiss in providing some reading recommendations for you! Whether you are going on vacation or doing a staycation, a bit of light reading will keep your mind active while also providing great entertainment. So, for those of you who need some direction, here are a few shorter, lighter book suggestions for you to try out this summer! Happy reading!

1. Medusa by Jessie Burton – This is a beautiful, fast, YA read following the myth of Medusa from her perspective. Given the nature of her story, it is not the happiest of stories, but it does end on a hopeful note and the illustrations throughout are absolutely gorgeous. If you’re looking for a short yet powerful fantasy read, give this one a try!

2. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli – If you haven’t already, this is an empowering read to engage in. The focus of this novel is on being confident in your identity while also allowing others to be who they are. It’s a short, sweet novel that will touch your heart. And, if you haven’t seen it already, there is a wonderful film adaptation available through Disney for those who are interested.

3. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones – This classic, middle-grade read follows the experience of Sophie, the eldest of three daughters and therefore the least likely to enjoy an adventure. However, that expectation changes when she angers the local witch. This is such an exciting, whimsical story with memorable characters and beautiful writing. Definitely a must-read.

4. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – If you’re in more of a classic mood, perhaps you can try this charming, classic children’s novel following a young girl who is well loved by her father. Due to needs of his business, her father entrusts her to the care of a school where she thrives, at least in the beginning. A great, easy read for those who like their classic novels.

5. Airhead by Meg Cabot – While it definitely has a bit of an early 2000s feeling to it, this is definitely a fun science fiction read following a young teen who ends up in the body of a famous model. Part teen contemporary, part sci-fi drama, this is definitely an entertaining read (and the first in the series for those who want to binge read).

6. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – Being such a popular series, many people have likely read this already, but if you haven’t it is a great summer read. This is the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events books and follows the Baudelaire children after the mysterious passing of their parents when they are adopted by the enigmatic and abusive Count Olaf. While it may sound depressing, it is actually much more whimsical and fun than one may expect.

7. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – And for those who want a sweet, contemporary, family and romance-driven novel, Morgan Matson provides some great options. This particular novel follows a politician’s daughter who is navigating the fall out of a political scandal and is now stuck dog walking for the summer. Definitely a fun summer read for those who are looking for it.