This is not your school's summer reading list

About Girls of Summer

We are two writers, two friends, two women, two former strong girls, who decided to tackle a project we wish had been around when we were thirsty for books that moved us —  but struggling through Ivanhoe.

The result is Girls of Summer, an annual list of our personal favorites that we think speak to girls uniquely and help them understand the journey. These are books – new and old, well-known and quiet. What mattered to us most was the celebration of a girl’s connection to the world around her. In the pages of these lovely books you’ll find middle class girls, girls with disabilities, girls of color, girls who might know God, good girls/bad girls. But always girls who stare into the eyes of what’s ahead and refuse to flinch.

It goes without saying that picking ONLY 18 books nearly killed us that first year. (We started with 12 and just couldn’t do it!) Not a week went by that we didn’t find another great story that we wanted to include, another genre we love. And, we’re sure you have strong ideas of your own. We hope you’ll post suggestions and share the books you know and love.

Finally, a heartfelt thanks to our partners in reading!

A big thanks to the publicists who donate books, get us in touch with authors, and generally cheer us on!Dori Yuen designs the background images that showcase the book covers, and Kris Spisak edits our entries for comma atrocities and other problems.The Richmond Public Library also produces and hosts a gigantic reading party to kick-off summer reading. (Librarians rock!) Richmond Family Magazine and the Richmond Times-Dispatch offer fantastic media coverage and support of literacy and Girls of Summer!

2016 Girls of Summer Title Index

2015 Girls of Summer Title Index

2014 Girls of Summer Title Index

2013 Girls of Summer Title Index

2012 Girls of Summer Title Index

2011 Girls of Summer Title Index

11 responses

  1. Patty

    Gigi and Meg– This is fantastic! I’m so excited about it and will pass along the site to friends. Can’t wait for the Writing Show in July!

    July 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    • Patty! Thanks for checking out the site. We’re having so much fun! Hope to see you soon.

      July 2, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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    • Stacey, thanks so much for writing about Girls of Summer! Glad you enjoyed Happy Like Soccer and The Queen of Water. We’d love to know some of your favorite books for strong girls!

      July 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

  4. What a great idea, I wish I had something like this when I was a kid.

    June 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    • Thank you! We have such a great time doing this blog together and with our guest authors. btw, Harmony, your blog is pretty awesome, too!

      June 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  5. zaneta

    Hi I am new to the bloggers world and just have been browsing different blogs. I really love this and would like to with your permission shout you out in my own blog that I am currently in the process of designing. As a young young girl I have always loved books and loved to read. I think it is very important to surround the generations coming up with positivity and inspiration and I think you are doing just that.

    June 28, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    • Hi Zaneta! Thanks for your feedback! Good luck to you with your blog. Girl Power!

      June 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  6. Hi Meg and Gigi,
    Oh how I wish this had been around many decades ago when I was trying to find my way in the world and then years later when I was raising daughters of my own! Now, I am passing your blog on so my grand-daughters will benefit!

    July 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    • Linda! Thanks so much for your kind words. Please do share the site with your granddaughters. I hope they’ll share their favorite books with us, too!

      July 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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