Throwback Summer Reads

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We’re coming to the end of the summer, but I’m not ready for it to end (because it barely felt like it was the summer this year with no vacation), so that’s why I’m choosing some books to prolong the season! Because I went with some HOT NEW books last month, I thought I’d go with some throwbacks here (books that are at least ten years old), kicking it off with…

percy jackson lightning thief

Percy Jackson– because I need a little magic in my life right now! And this also is set at Camp Half Blood- which achieves both my goals of getting away and getting a little adventure. But in case that wasn’t wild enough…

wild magic

Wild Magic– yes I did just use that pun (and I’m sorry… sorta). Regardless, this is a fun read and Tamora Pierce always gives me summer vibes.

goose girl

Goose Girl– this book gives me all the *nostalgia* and *warm fuzzies*- which I’d say qualifies it as a summer read 😉

secret garden

The Secret Garden– this is another childhood fave. It really brings the idea of new seasons to life. And I’ve always dreamed of having a garden like this one day to lounge about on summer days (and read 😉).

i capture the castle

I Capture the Castle– aside from the romantic, crumbling castle, there’s nothing more iconic and summery than the midsummer festivities.

the famous five

Famous Five– the adventures of the Famous Five will always have a special place in my heart and long be associated with summer!

how i live now

How I Live Now– this is perhaps an odd one, because it’s a dystopia, but this begins in one lush summer, transforming as the world changes around them.

yellow wallpaper

Yellow Wallpaper– this one twisty gothic set in summer. And, if anything the summer setting only makes it creepier!

return of the native

Return of the Native– a bit more of a poignant choice, Hardy has a way with settings that make me think of the gorgeous Dorset countryside.

eastofeden

East of Eden– another writer with exquisite descriptions of the setting! Set in California, there’s often more than enough in the writing to get you feeling a little hot and bothered. And while technically speaking, I think Grapes of Wrath does an even greater job depicting the landscape, I personally prefer this family epic.

guernsey literary and potato peel pie society

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society– this books makes me want to take a trip to Guernsey!

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Journey to the River Sea– most of Eva Ibbotson has a summery feel- but especially this Middle Grade, set in the Amazon.

And that’s all for now? Which throwback books do you recommend for summer? Let me know in the comments!