What’s the Buzz on Summer Reading?

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Although you might not get a break from working this summer like kids do from school, you might be looking forward to a vacation, road trip, or simply spending some time by the pool in your free time.  You may also be looking to get into some hobbies or projects that have fallen by the wayside during the busy winter months.  If you’re like me, then reading is definitely on your summer wish-list.  But which book to choose?  While the mainstream newspapers and blogs have guides of well-known romance novels, heart-pounding thrillers, and self-help books, you may be hard-pressed to find a list of mosquito and bug related titles for your summer reading pleasure.  Well, look no further!  Mosquito Joe has your reading needs covered whether you’re searching for drama, comedy, or even children’s books (and don’t worry, the bugs are mostly kept to the title).

Adult Novels

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

“After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom.  Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, Mosquitoland is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.”

The Mosquito Coast – by Paul Theroux

“In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they’ve left.”

Mosquito: The Story of Man’s Deadliest Foe by Andrew Spielman and Michael D’Antonio

“In this lively and comprehensive portrait of the mosquito, its role in history, and its threat to mankind, Spielman and D’Antonio take a mosquito’s-eye view of nature and man. They show us how mosquitoes breed, live, mate, and die, and introduce us to their enemies, both natural and man-made.”

Mosquitoes by William Faulkner

“Mosquitoes centers around a colorful assortment of passengers, out on a boating excursion from New Orleans.  The rich and the aspiring, social butterflies and dissolute dilettantes are all easy game for Faulkner’s barbed wit in this engaging high-spirited novel which offers a fascinating glimpse of Faulkner as a young artist.”

Children’s Books

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

A West-African folk tale in picture-book format about a mischievous mosquito and the long adventure it goes on which explains why these pests always buzz in our ears.

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury by Dan Pilkey

“Ricky Ricotta may be a small mouse, but he has a VERY big friend — a giant flying Robot! And when an evil, outer space villain named Mr. Mosquito invades Earth with an army of Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury, Ricky and his Robot know exactly what to do!  From Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and acclaimed artist Dan Santat, an out-of-this-world friendship adventure with all-new full-color illustrations!”

Mosquito by Virginia Kroll

“Mosquito is a nuisance to all the animals as he buzzes about the forest. With fun word play, including rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia, each critter expresses its annoyance with him. Finally, Mosquito bothers the wrong neighbor, who ends the insect’s career as resident pest.”

Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy

“In this clever science book, two stories are told: the story of a real mosquito, its life cycle, and how it uses its senses to survive; and the other about a boy that may become the mosquito’s prey. Great photographs reveal close-up views of mosquitoes.”


If you dive into any of these books over the summer, be sure to leave a comment with a review!  And if you’re looking for more well-known titles related to bugs, you could try William Goldings’ Lord of the Flies, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Of course, getting your summer off to the right start not only takes a good book, but also a swat-free yard!  Give your local Mosquito Joe a call today so you can enjoy the season and start making outside fun again.

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