This week’s topic is summer reads. I have decided to give to you the reads that remind me of summer…. not necessarily that the story is summery, but it may just be that I remember reading and loving them in the summertime.
1. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
I am currently re-reading the Hobbit and plan on moving on to re-read the rest of the books. This gives me all the summer feels because I remember reading these over the summer before my senior of high school- laying in the sun by the pool and listening to Simon and Garfunkel while I read. Aside from the memory of reading these in the summer, the adventure across Middle-Earth, any long journey really (unless it specifically says that the trek was during winter), reminds me of summer travels.
I want to get some more beautiful copies of these, without the movie covers…. but look at those gorgeous spine creases. Even the condition of these books reminds me of how much I enjoyed them that summer. I will never get rid of these books.
2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
I suppose it’s kind of fitting, considering their friendship, that Tolkien and Lewis’ major works should give me similar feelings. I also read these over the summer. This time, it was the summer after my freshman year of college. I was visiting my booooyfriend (now husband of 9 years!) in New Hampshire. It was our first summer together. He was working two jobs and taking summer classes to transfer back to our school in Connecticut. I had taken the train up from New Jersey for what was supposed to be a week, but ended up being most of the summer. Because he was so busy, and I was spending just about the whole time with his family (parents, siblings, aunt, uncle, cousins grandparents) which I JUST MET, he bought me a bind up of the entire seven book series to devour in the sun at his family’s little lake house. That place holds so many amazing summer memories for me…. unfortunately we don’t go there any more…. ugh… anyway… Narnia = summer for me.
3. The Story of My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
Yeah, my first two choices were series, and now I’m including two books… I fail at the whole 5 part of T5W. Oh well. Both of these books I have discovered with my kids and have somehow become summer (or at least first taste of warm weather) re reads for us. I should really buy copies of these by now. We take them out from the library over and over again.
4. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
There she goes with THIS book again…
I can just hear you thinking that! But yes… THIS BOOK! This book that sings to my soul. I actually read this for the first time in the winter, but it is a summer book if ever there was one, with most of the story taking place over two summers. I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel, There Will Be Other Summers.
5. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
I think this is my favorite of the Penderwicks series. These are middle grade books that I have listened to multiple times with my kids. My husband isn’t the biggest fan, but has been forced to listen along in the car. He thinks the books are boring. They are character driven for sure. They are just beautiful books about family. My kids love them. I love them. The first (and newly released fifth book) of the series also take place during summer, but this third one (Point Mouette) makes me want to summer on the coast of Maine (the book’s setting) so badly! It gives me an echo of those New Hampshire summers by the lake feeling.