Yesterday was Memorial Day, which means that summer is officially here! And besides the cue that it’s officially time to switch over your wardrobe and plant your flowers, it also means it’s time to find your next summer read!
Before I give you my list, I should qualify what I mean by summer read. These aren’t “beach reads”—fluffy, forgettable books to pass a lazy day in the sun. They’re books that will take you into other worlds (and generally happy ones, since it’s summer and all).
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows: An utterly charming World War II novel told all through letters.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon: A quirky and endearing coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a boy with Asperger’s.
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett: A lush story that will mesmerize you and make you never want to leave.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley: A Nancy Drew book for grown-ups.
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: A captivating story of generations and self-discovery, with a splash of mystery.
Now that I look at this list again, I’m noticing a striking pie theme. Maybe my subconscious is looking for something sweet this summer!
What makes a good summer read for you? What’s on your to-read list?