5 books to read over summer


Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead, Ahsoka by E.K. Johnston, Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey, and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jaclyn Crone, Staff Writer

While some students might have a jam-packed summer with trips and extracurricular activities,  others might find that they have a little too much time on their hands with no drivers license and no plans this summer. When students can not leave their houses, what else is better than to read? Keep reading for five books that you can read over this summer.

Midnight Jewel  by Richelle Mead

Midnight Jewel is a fantasy fiction book by Richelle Mead. It is about main character  Mira, who is fighting her way to her freedom in need of a new place for her to live. She is a strong and independent character. But she struggles with being an outsider no matter where she goes. 

Mira goes to a school called the “Glittering Court” to learn what it is like to be a proper woman. Becoming a part of the Glittering Court, she gets the chance to find a suitor and have freedom. In doing this Mira gets into some trouble and meets all sorts of people along the way.

She has few options by forging a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and her own way to freedom. 

This book was rated 3.9 stars by Goodreads.  

Fragile Spirits by Mary Lindsey

Fragile Spirits is a paranormal fiction book by Mary Lindsey. It follows main characters Paul and Vivianne. Paul is a protective character who shields Vivianne from malevolent spirits. While Vivianne is a speaker and has the ability to talk to malevolent and hindered spirits. Paul and Vivianne go around trying to help spirits get to where they belong.  

Vivianne choses not one to speak to spirits, not wanting to let them in or listen. Vivianne choses to never do as she is told. Ending up butting heads with Paul whenever she gets the chance to.

Paul is the opposite. He is a rule follower, pushing Vivianne to let the spirits talk to her. All Paul wants to do is keep Vivianne safe and do his job to the best of his abilities. 

Getting the rating of four stars by Goodreads. 

For the movie The Shining, for the book Doctor Sleep,

— Joel Levin

Doctor Sleep  by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep is a horror fiction book by Stephen King, and is the sequel to Stephen Kings’ “The Shining”. The book follows Danny Torrance, who was a young boy in “The Shining” now as an adult and observes how he became someone not paying attention to his sixth sense when it comes to spirits anymore. 

Along the way Danny meets Abra Stone, a spunky young 12 year old who has a spectacular gift, the ability to see, hear, and sense the undead.

The two go along in efforts to defeat the True Knot, immortals that feed on the “steam” and “shining” that is produced by kid when they get slowly tortured to death. Danny now must keep him and Abra safe from these people. 

Joel Levin has read many of Stephen King’s books. He enjoys the writing of Doctor Sleep because of the pass down of generational trauma and exploring what was shown. Preferring Doctor Sleep to The Shining when it comes to the books.

“For the movie The Shining, for the book Doctor Sleep,” Levin said. 

Doctor Sleep got a 4.1 star rating on Goodreads. 

Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

Ahsoka is a science fiction novel by E. K. Johnston. It is about one of Star Wars’ famous female leads, Ahsoka. Describing Ahsoka and her journey after the events of Order 66 and the pain she went through of losing her friends and family.  

Ahsoka lands on a farming planet, learning of ways to keep the force closed off from her. She does this to keep her new found friends and herself safe. After having a few slip ups Ahsoka realizes that she needs to leave and make a new life elsewhere. 

As Ahsoka tries to leave she feels the presence of a sith force user. She decides to go back to the farming planet to help her friends from the evil presence. Ending with a dramatic final battle between the force users, it gives more hints into what Ahsokas’ life was like after everything changed. 

Ahsoka got the rating of 4.1 stars by Goodreads. 

Jurassic Park by  Micheal Crichton 

Jurassic Park is a science fiction novel by Micheal Crichton that was released in 1990 which is three years prior to the first movie. It has a short story of when dinosaurs first began to appear, then it leads into when you first get introduced to Doctor Alan Grant and Doctor Ellie Sattler. 

Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler are paleontologists who get invited to John Hammonds island. Along the way they encounter different types of dinosaurs that are genetically created in a lab. But danger strikes when the dinosaurs break out.

The book is different from the movie. It’s different by having provided more in depth moments throughout the book. When having the kitchen scene with Tim and Lex, it gives more depth for that moment. Explaining how the scene went with a colorful way through the chapter. 

Jurassic Park has a rating of 4.1 stars by Goodreads.