Themed Reads: A Literal Summer Reading List

My reading may slow down in the summer months, but that doesn’t mean I stop reading altogether! I still love turning pages, and I love reading seasonally. In the summer months, books about birds and gardens give way to narratives of long hot days and summer adventures. And sometimes the easiest way to find the next summer read is to pick up a book with the promise right there in the title. Here are three that are on my reading list this season:

The Swiss Summer, by Stella Gibbons – I bought this back in the winter (when it was first reprinted by Dean Street Press) and it’s been on my shelf waiting for a long hot day ever since! I’m trying to decide whether to bring it with me to the Adirondacks (since it seems like a good summer mountain reading choice) or save it for the dog days of August.

Mrs. Lorimer’s Quiet Summer, by Molly Clavering – Another new release from Dean Street Press (actually even newer than The Swiss Summer; this one just landed on my doorstep last week), this seems like an enchanting and funny family comedy of errors. I’ve never read anything by Molly Clavering before, but Mrs. Lorimer’s Quiet Summer is reputedly loosely based on her friendship with her next door neighbor, D.E. Stevenson – of whom I am a big fan. So I’m excited about this one.

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Cider With Rosie #2), by Laurie Lee – Speaking of being a big fan, I’ve loved Laurie Lee’s writing for years. His most famous book, Cider with Rosie, is a lightly burnished account of his childhood in the English Midlands before and after World War I. The sequel, As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning, follows Lee through his young adulthood – when he literally walks out of his hometown, one midsummer morning, and spends the next several years wandering in Spain (by way of London, for a little while). Slightly Foxed recently republished this, and it was the perfect excuse to pick up a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages.

Three books with summer right in the title – how can you beat that? Honorable mention to British Summer Time Begins, which I read and loved last month, to my current read, Noel Streatfeild’s Holiday Stories (holiday as in vacation, of course) and to two other summer reads also on my list: The Summer of the Royal Visit, by Isabel Colegate, and The Greengage Summer, by Rumer Godden. It’s going to be a good season of reading.

What are your favorite summer reads?

2 thoughts on “Themed Reads: A Literal Summer Reading List

  1. Love this summer theme! Today I read Summerwater by Sarah Moss; I am a *huge* fan of hers and this deliciously dark tale did not disappoint. Chapters rotated through various guests of a cabin holiday park in the Trossachs as tensions build from being cooped up during an unusually rainy spell, even for Scotland.

    I am planning to read Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book in August. I know you read this one already. I read her entire charming Moomintroll series aloud to Frankie a few year ago and am looking forward to this adult volume.

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