05/30/2012 04:55 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

Frightening Books to Help People of Any Age Own the Night

By Elyse Barrere, Young Adult Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

When you're a teenaged book lover summer reading is the best reading! The freest reading! It's staying up all night under the covers with a flashlight because you don't have class in the morning reading! This summer the Los Angeles Public Library wants its teen patrons to Own the Night, the theme for this year's teen summer reading club.

Having sleepovers and scaring yourselves until you're laughing so hard you can't breathe. Sleeping with the windows open wondering if that rustling in the trees is just a squirrel or some supernatural thing. Feeling the wind in your face as you drive your car with the music turned up full blast. Staying out all night for the first time after prom.

The night can mean terror or love or freedom. These books will get you into the mood to howl at the moon!

And if you're a grown-up, don't be embarrassed to read from the teen shelves. We promise it's okay.

LAPL's Summer Reading Clubs for children and teens start June 11. Contact your local library branch to find out more.

Own the Night with These Teen Summer Reads