It feels like summer in New York. I’m not particularly relishing the thought of three months of sweltering days and subway stations that make me feel like I’m swimming in the air, but what can I do?
The thing I am looking forward to though? Summer reading. I don’t know if it’s the fact that my entertainment options are severely limited now that the traditional television season is over, or if it’s the fact that I want to be outside in the sunshine most of the time.
Well except when it’s outside my comfort window in terms of temperature. Because pretty much if it’s above 85 degrees, I’m sitting in front of an air conditioner and whining about how hot it is.
But on a nice, warm day? I want to be out, in the grass, under a tree, heavily treated with allergy meds, reading a book. Summer isn’t really the time for me to dive into new books unless they are something truly special that I’ve been anticipating.
Yes, I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the night it was released. Yes, I read The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest the minute I got my hands on it. But those were special cases. I was marking off days on my calendar in anticipation of their releases.
For the most part, I stick to tried and true favorites for my summer reading. These are the books that actually smell like summer to me when I pick them up. And I don’t own any of them digitally – just really old, really beat up paperback copies of them that fit well in my beach bag, have sand drop out of them when I splay them open too far, and probably show signs of water damage since I like to read in the tub.
I’m sharing this list with you to give you a diving off place to get your summer reading on. I hope you enjoy them and share some titles of your own to recommend in the comments!
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Claire Marvel by John Burnham Schwartz
The Blue Sword and The Hero & the Crown by Robin McKinley
The Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Heatwave by Penelope Lively
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don’t read all of these every summer by any stretch of the imagination. But these are the books I take on vacation with me, the books I return to time and time again. I hope you find something you love in this list!
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