For many people, summer is a time off school and a time for the pool! For others, it’s the time of year for hitting yard sales and farmer’s markets and for gardening, landscaping, Honey-Do List making (or completing items on the Honey-Do List), and of course, barbequing.
As a kid, I fell into the first category (though since we didn’t have a local pool, I played softball, picked worms, changed sprinkler pipe, and fished during the summer, instead). Now, as a mom with kids of my own, I fall into the latter category. After all my summer chores are done for the day, there’s nothing I like better than crawling into bed, exhausted, and flipping open a terrific book. In spite of the increase in the daily number of items I get accomplished during the summer, I also get in much more reading time than in the colder months. It makes absolutely no sense, but there you have it. Maybe it has something to do with how my girls and I love to walk to the library on warm days...
During the colder months, I adore snuggling under my covers and reading books like JANE EYRE, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. A brisk wind begs for classic novels, I think. But during the summer, I crave books like DEAD END IN NORVELT, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, and THE NAME OF THE WIND. Gimme giggles, romance, high adventure, and more than a small helping of magic, please.
A few of the novels that I’ve read this summer that really stand out to me include:
Lena Coakley’s WITCHLANDERS – YA fantasy
Teresa Flavin’s THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA – MG fantasy
Marianne Malone’s STEALING MAGIC (sequel to THE SIXTY EIGHT ROOMS, which I reviewed on Bookshop Talk here) – MG fantasy
Leif Enger’s PEACE LIKE A RIVER – Adult fiction
Leif Enger’s SO BRAVE, YOUNG, AND HANDSOME (reviewed on Bookshop Talk by Josi Kilpack here) – Adult historical fiction
Joelle Anthony’s THE RIGHT & THE REAL – YA realistic fiction
Bethany Griffin’s MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH – YA fantasy