I would say Things You Should Read In Spring, but spring is really just a concept here. The calendar means nothing. We go from “Brr!” to “Ugh, the humidity!” Whatever. Longer days mean more sunlight in which to read. The question is what do you read when you free your toes from the tyranny of boots and let them bathe in the sunshine? What do you take with you to the deck with your cup of tea?
Maybe I can help. Here are some books that make me think of warm, sunny days.
- The Summer Book by Tove Jansson. Yes, it says summer, but it’s summer on an island off the coast of Finland. Those northern ocean breezes will keep you cool.
- An Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim. A vacation to Italy in April sounds like the perfect way to chase away those rainy day blues.
- Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. So, you just inherited a farm. What are you going to do? Well, springtime is the right time to get planting!
- Jane of Lantern HIll by LM Montgomery. I could have picked any number of Montgomery books here, but this one spoke to me most. The fresh, clean air of Prince Edward Island is good for what ails you, especially if you are a neglected girl from Toronto visiting your father.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. If you are going to run away with your hot new boyfriend, make it during the nice weather.
- The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Nothing like a vacation by the sea to inspire a desire to alter your whole life.
I just realized all these books are by women. Maybe that’s why they speak to me like they do. These books are good for the time before you’re sprawled out on the beach and too hot to think.
What are your favorite warm weather books?