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!)


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.

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!)

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


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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