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PageByPaige's 2021 Summer Reads

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Check out this Summer's Reading List.

1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This short read follows the journey of a young Shepherd boy and his hunt for treasure. Along the way, the boy learns valuable life lessons as he encounters different people from different walks of life.

"And when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it."


Quest, Adventure Fiction, Fantasy Fiction

2. The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

In France 1714, a woman makes a bargain for freedom and immortality but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Addie Larue spends the next 300 years traveling across the world unnoticed and unnamed until she stumbles upon a boy in a bookstore who remembers her.

"It is sad, of course, to forget. But it is a lonely thing, to be forgotten."


Historical Fantasy

3. When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole

After Sydney Green's neighborhood becomes the latest to experience the recent bouts of gentrification plaguing black communities across New York, she decides to plan a historic walk tour of her community. With the unsolicited help of newcomer Theo, Sydney begins researching the past and present of her neighborhood. Their new discoveries along with a series of strange happenings causes a descent into paranoia and fear of the "revitalization" of the community.

"They can break but they can't erase. They can build but they can't bury us."


Psychological Thriller

4. The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Nella Rogers has been working at Wagner Books as an editorial assistant and notably the only black person in the office for years. Until new girl, Hazel May McCall, is hired and quickly gains the attention of everyone at Wagner, including CEO Richard Wagner. Nella then starts receiving anonymous notes insisting that she leave Wagner. Now Nella, feeling more isolated than ever, has to figure out who's threatening her job, and why and how Hazel has seemingly risen to the top much quicker than her.

"With heightened awareness of cultural sensitivity comes great responsibility. If we're not careful, 'diversity' might become an item people start checking off a list and nothing more--a shallow shadowy thing with but one dimension."


Thriller, Suspense

5. The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Mariana Andros is convinced that Greek Tragedy professor, Edward Fosca is a murderer. Fosca is beloved by many students including the members of a

secret society of women students known as the Maidens. But when one member of the Maidens is found murdered in Cambridge, group therapist Mariana Andros turns her suspicion to Edward Fosca. Mariana becomes obsessed with stopping the killer and is willing to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.

"Reading about life was no preparation for living it."


Psychological Thriller, Suspense

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