There’s a certain kind of book I love to read on long, lazy summer days. They’re not exactly beach reads, nor are they necessarily light. But they are books that call to me when summer seems to stretch time out and make me want to delve into long, immersive books.
Lumberjanes: Visiting Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is just a given.
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen: I first read Garden Spells in July, and it was perfect timing. The beautiful descriptions of the flowers and plants and the almost languid feeling of Allen’s writing make it great for a hot summer day.
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall: I love this series, and they’re perfect fun books for a summer reread.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke: First: reading about grey moors and rain sounds great when it’s 500 degrees out. Second: summer is a great time to embark on a 1000 page book.
The Bayern books by Shannon Hale: Sometimes what you need is a reread of a favorite long series.
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge: Hardinge’s books are marvelously weird and packed with striking characters and situations. Also, A Face Like Glass takes place mostly underground, which sounds cool and lovely.
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson: Hopkinson’s rich, lush prose and wonderful characters make this one a great option.
The Touchstone Trilogy by Andrea K Höst: This trilogy doesn’t have a lot in the way of plot, which means that you get great characters and writing without having to keep track of what’s happening.
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: I love this book, and since it takes place during the summer, it’s perfect for this time of year.
Wildlife by Fiona Wood: Another one that takes place in a camp, Wood’s quiet writing and strong characters make this another lovely summer read.