A seasonal gift (or burden) of our youth is the old summer reading list, those books we were supposed to “get ahead” on while ostensibly on vacation for three joyous months. Sometimes we loved the list, sometimes we hated it, and we read it with varying levels of dedication depending on that. But what if you could have picked those books yourself: What would you have chosen? As a companion to our primer on how to identify the perfect beach read, we asked some of our favorite Y.A. book authors (Judy Blume! R.L. Stine!) for the titles that would have been on their ideal summer reading lists—from middle-grade to Y.A. to adult—and why.
R.L. STINE, author of the Goosebumps and Fear Streetseries (among others) and an upcoming novel for adults titledRed Rain, told The Atlantic Wire, ”I would recommend a wonderful, scary Ray Bradbury novel that has always been one of my favorites—Something Wicked This Way Comes.” Stine adds, “I would also recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. A bit difficult but accessible enough to Y.A. readers and worth it for the amazing imagination and droll humor and unforgettable characters.”
Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: Ed Yourdan/Flickr]