Yesterday was the last day of school for my girls, so it follows that today is the first day of summer break. As I sipped on a (diet) root beer, dreaming of the vanilla ice cream that should be in it, I started thinking about books that say summer to me.
Eight Great Get Ready For Summer Reads
We Were Liars by E Lockhart. All about an uber-rich family and their summer home on a private island near Nantucket, this one will remind you of all the fun summer holds, and how life isn’t always so perfect for the rich. I loved this book and all it’s surprises. Here’s the link to my review: The Power of Word and “We Were Liars” by E Lockhart
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. A historical novel told from an immigrant girl/woman’s point of view, this one covers all seasons, but the main character, Addie, spends her summers at the beach, and these are the turning points for her thinking and her life. Here’s my review and post: A Time When I Refused to ROCK and “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue. This one is the story of three friends that grew up together, spending the summers on the Jersey Shore. Now in firmly into their adult lives, they have drifted from each other, but decide to come together for a reunion back on the shore. Suddenly back where it began, the three start to realize that their lives changed on one fateful summer night.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O’Brien. This one is a younger book, but it always says summer to me. Mrs. Frisby (a single mouse mother) must move her family her young family to their summer home, but her son is in bed with pneumonia and can’t be moved. BUT, with the help of the incredibly intelligent Rats of NIMH, she can get the job done. In turn, she can show her bravery and help them, and learn something about herself, her husband, and the Rats all at the same time.
Firefly Summer by Maeve Binchy. The summer of 1962 in Mountfern, a small Irish village. This is the summer when the world changes for the village and for pub owners Kate and John Ryan, and their children. When rich American Patrick O’Neill decides to open a large resort near the town, all are worried how it will change the quaint town. Sweet and Irish, this one will get you longing for an Irish vacation.
The Stand by Stephen King. This one will make you happy that your summer isn’t starting out with a man-made, highly lethal strain of the flu. Crossing America after the flu wipes out most of mankind, this book reminds me of summer, and how happy I am to be healthy (and it’s also why every summer cold freaks me out!).
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Summer innocence is shattered in this classic coming-of-age book–and it’s the reason I almost named my daughter Scout.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub. The story of a family traveling to Mallorca for a summer vacation, but also the story of a family coming to terms with turmoil, change, and heartbreak. A fun summer read, even if you aren’t lucky enough to head to Mallorca. Here’s my thoughts: The Little Brown Jug and The Vacationers by Emma Straub