Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future weeks’ topics can be found here. This week’s topic is…
Books That Give Off Summer Vibes
- Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
An obvious choice, perhaps, since it’s got “summer” right there in the title. But this is, to me, a perfect summer read. It’s beautifully sensual and it thoughtfully explores the natural world.
2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Summer is the ideal time for reading classic adventure stories, and they don’t come more classic than Treasure Island.
3. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
A book generally feels “summery” to me if it’s set somewhere hot and dry. And since I live in the UK, I consider most places hot and dry. This book has such a strong sense of place, you can practically feel the Alabama heat radiating off the pages. And though it has some dark themes, it’s also full of human warmth.
4. The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Summer is (in theory) all about relaxing, and this book is a fun and frothy story about a stressed-out woman embracing a slower pace of life. An excellent beach read.
5. Just William by Richmal Crompton
Remember those long, carefree summers of childhood? William and his gang of friends – “The Outlaws” – will take you right back there.
6. The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
This book makes me want to ride horses, go camping and take a road trip across America. A lovely, outdoorsy book.
7. The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle
The God of Animals has some similarities with The Horse Whisperer. But it’s a more cynical book, and the summer heat suffusing its pages is often prickly and uncomfortable. Still, it’s a fantastic coming-of-age novel.
8. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
This is the breeziest, most feel-good book about the apocalypse you’re ever likely to read. Everything about it – from the heartwarming central friendship to the gloriously silly humour – puts me in a good mood.
9. The Exiles by Hilary McKay
A good middle grade novel never gets old, and The Exiles will always have a special place in my heart. It’s about four naughty sisters going to stay with their formidable Grandma for the summer, and causing all sorts of chaos.
10. The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates
Is May part of spring or summer? Either way, this book is literary Prozac. There’s no better way to spend a summer afternoon than hanging out with the Larkin family – picking strawberries, drinking very strong cocktails and eating way too much delicious food.
Have you read any of these? And which are your favourite books to read in summer?