It's always a good season for reading in my book (see what I did there). But this time of year makes me all nostalgic and daydreamy about my childhood summers spent reading under a neighbor's weeping willow tree, one eye always on the lookout just in case some old crank was coming to shoo me away for trespassing.
Here are a few books on my summer reading list (does anyone else sorely miss summer reading lists from school days? I'm dying inside knowing that I will never be told to write a book report again.)
The Prince of Tides
I love Pat Conroy's style. The only fiction of his that I've read was South of Broad, which I couldn't finish because I just really didn't like the characters. But his style, I fell in love with. Prince of Tides is apparently a Southern classic, and I have high hopes for it. (Also, I'm going to Fripp Island, SC in a few weeks, where Conroy lives, and I'm hoping I casually run into him on a golf court or something and get him to sign my book.)
Suprised by Joy
A memoir (ish?) of Lewis' early life. How exactly did this brilliant man become one of the best writers and theologians of our time? I'd like to know.
I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman
What twenty-some year old girl writer is not obsessed with Nora Ephron? I might have to bust out When Harry Met Sally soon (You've Got Mail is, obviously, strictly a fall movie.)
I've been meaning to pick up this book ever since it first came out, but never got around to it for whatever reason. It's been called a modern Little Women, which is reason enough to give it a shot. And reading childrens' books is totally allowed in the summertime.
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
This is also a classic I haven't yet read. It sounds weird and outdoorsy and I am all about boring naturey books this time of year. Perfect for reading on a camping trip in a hammock.
The Rock That is Higher: Story as Truth
I'm sure you've read or heard of A Wrinkle in Time, but have you read her nonfiction? It's brilliant; very artsy and mystical, all from a Christian perspective. Her book Walking on Water is what first opened my mind to the power that stories hold, back in college. I highly recommend it.
I know virtually nothing about this book, but it was on this list of books everyone should read while in their twenties. So, why not?
Have you read any of these gems? What's on your summer reading list?