Ten (or More!) Wonderful Summer Reads

Ok folks. Summertime is well under way! I got to thinking…. if I had any recommendations for summer reading to make, what would they be?

I came up with this list….but to be honest, there are many more I could recommend! I hope to do a repeat of this in a few days or so, with different titles.

Meanwhile, here are the titles/authors that, if you haven’t read these yet, now is the time to begin!

Mainstream fiction:

Leota’s Garden by Francine Rivers
Francine Rivers’ characters jump off the page! I especially loved her portrayal of eighty-four year old Leota and her interaction with college coeds in this one. Everyone has something to learn in this novel.

Rest and be Thankful by Helen MacInnes
A re-read every few years for me.  MacInnes’ uses satire and pokes fun at aspiring authors, and mixes in a little romance, in this lovely novel set on a ranch in Wyoming.

The Young Clementina by D.E. Stevenson
You can’t go wrong with *any* of D.E. Stevenson’s books!

Mainstream fiction with a historical twist:

How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
A novel about a coal mining family with their triumphs and tragedies in Wales.

Green Dolphin Street by Elisabeth Goudge (or, “The White Witch”. Or, “Gentian Hill”. or ANY E. Goudge!)

Suspense:

Madam Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
Well, who can top Mary Stewart? who *hasn’t* read Mary Stewart? This one is one of her most suspenseful…. if you have already read this car-chase escapist novel, try her novel set on a Corfu island, “This Rough Magic”.

Historical Fiction:
Katherine by Anya Seton
No one can beat Seton’s writing.  This is her story of the romance between Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt.

Mystery:
Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers (or, “Gaudy Night’. Or, any of Alan Bradley’s Flavia series. Or, any Ngaio Marsh, Agatha Christie or Margery Allingham! read them all!)

Non-fiction:(biography/autobiography)
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson or, The Road from Coorain by Jill Ker Conway
Either of these will be a fast read!  Both are interesting stories of their childhood, growing up and subsequent paths to their career choices.

Light Reads:
The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

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About Theresa

I live in an old farmhouse in upstate New York (no, *not* the big city!) in the country with my family, two dogs, two calves, and two horses. I love to cross stitch, quilt, read, and look at needlework blogs :) and I love coffee *and* tea!
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3 Responses to Ten (or More!) Wonderful Summer Reads

  1. Clara says:

    Oooo, I second The Blue Castle. Such a happy, light, summery read.

  2. Michelle says:

    Great picks!!

    I loved Leota’s Garden

  3. Never enough time to read all the good ones out there, but at least summer time is often vacation time for reading!

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