Are you running out of books to read for your Sizzlin’ Summer Reads yet? Break out of the ordinary and read something outside your comfort zone. Cross off a few squares on your Bingo Card perhaps. Zombie popularity has been on the upswing in recent years, so here’s a list to help you see what the bandwagon is all about. As always, happy reading!
The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Cliff Rathburn
Police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family is still alive and endures many horrors along the way.
Zom-B by Darren Shan
When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.”–Dust jacket
World War Z (2013)
Based on the novel by Max Brooks Gerry Lane travels the globe in an effort to eliminate the zombie pandemic that is endangering the existence of humanity
Warm Bodies (2013)
Based on the novel by Isaac Marion.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for zombie violence and some language.
After a zombie epidemic, R (a zombie) rescues Julie (a human survivor) from a zombie attack. The two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human, setting off a chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.
Zombie Combat Manual by Roger Ma
“The go-to guide for anyone who wants to prepare for the unavoidable zombie epidemic. Now is the time to learn how to defend against an advancing army of the undead, lest you fall victim to their growing ranks.” — p.  of cover.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.
Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart
New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
Dearly Departed by Lia Habel
In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.
Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks
Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it. From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’re coming. They’re hungry. Don’t wait for them to come to you! This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake– every civilization has faced them. Here are the grisly and heroic stories–complete with eye-popping artwork that pulsates with the hideous faces of the undead. Organize before they rise! Scripted by the world’s leading zombie authority, Max Brooks, Recorded Attacks reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with–and survived–the ancient viral plague. By immersing ourselves in past horror we may yet prevail over the coming outbreak in our time” — from publisher’s web site.