By Lukas Eggen

The summer’s not just a good time to watch a good movie, it’s also the perfect time to get caught up on books you’ve been meaning to read throughout the year.

Here are some of my favorites through the years (for different age groups). I’m going to leave Harry Potter off the list because…well…I’m pretty sure nearly everyone has read those books at this point.

“Where The Wild Things Are: — Simple, yet complex. The late Maurice Sendak’s masterpiece that celebrates childhood while recognizing that childhood isn’t all rainbows and roses.

“Aretmis Fowl” — It’s a fun, wise cracking, exciting series for young adults. There’s action, humor, a little romance and at the center of it all is a young, genius boy named Artemis. He’s also not the “good guy” in all instances, which makes things a little more interesting.

“His Dark Materials” trilogy — “The Golden Compass”, “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass” are, for my money, my favorite young adult series of all time. On the surface, it’s an amazing fantasy series with a young female protagonist who’se as resourceful and cunning as any male protagonist ever created. Go deeper and the older you get, the more levels of the series you see. No matter what your age, it’s an addicting read and one that should be ready regardless of if you’re a fantasy novel fan or not.

“The Inheritence Cycle” — Fantasy series with dragons, epic battles and the hero’s journey. It may not do anything particuarly original, but it’s a fun (if long) read and, the author was just 15 when he started the series.

“Killer Angels” — For history buffs, and those just looking for a compelling read, this book, which details the Battle of Gettysburg, is among the best historical novels ever.

“The Hunger Games” series — The series proves the dystopian novel is alive and well. It’s dark, violent and emotional. But don’t write this off as just another teen series. This series has serious appeal no matter what your age.

“Cloud Atlas” — One of my favorite books, bar none. The novel is a masterpiece as author David Mitchell weaves in and out of genres. It can be a daunting book to read in parts, its interconnected stories span literally centuries. But it’s emotional, spellbinding and is an experience to finish.

And finally, “The Last Lecture” — Written by Randy Pausch, it’s a book form of the lecture he gave that went viral. The setup? If you had one last lecture to give, what would you want to tell people. The catch? Pausch had terminal cancer.

It’s a sweet, moving book. It’s short, but it’s a great reminder about what exactly is important in life and its lessons are ones to keep going forwad. As Pausch said in his lecture, the book’s not about dying. It’s about living.

Of course there are endless amounts of books out there, but if you’re looking for some fresh reading this summer, giving these a look.

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