Summer’s almost upon us, even if it doesn’t feel like it up here in New England, and that means it’s time to compile the annual Summer Reading List. Like a fine cheese and wine combo, some books are just meant to be enjoyed together. Here are a few pairings I highly recommend, along with their Amazon links, so you can fill up your beach bag with the best books ever (or just your Kindle. Livin’ in the future.)
1. Journey to the Center of the Earth (free for Kindle!! Yaaaayyy old books!) is a wonderfully thought out sci-fi adventure (no aliens, just really, really cool inner earth exploration and an Icelandic guy) by my homeboy Jules Verne. I found a copy in my basement that my grandmother had, and it had me from page one. It goes very well with another imaginative tale by H.G Wells (also free for Kindle!) about a mysterious Time Traveler taking his machine thousands and thousands of years into the future to the land of a race called the Eloi, and the dangerous underground Morlocks who terrorize them. It is appropriately titled The Time Machine. Also riveting, and a quick read (a little over 100 pages I think?). I think I loved both of these together because they provide great escapes from reality and both have that sort of old book diction that I love. Indefatigably.
2. The Help, a heartwarming, and sometimes wrenching, story of an outcast white woman and two black women coming together to write a book about the lives of black maids in the South during the 1960s. This book made my laugh and smile and tear up as I followed the journeys of these seemingly different, but very much the same, women during the Civil Rights Movement. It goes very well with a serving of The Secret Life of Bees, set in the same time period and the same South. It deals with similar issues, but in more of a “coming of age” sort of way, and is also a wonderful summer read.
3. The Secret Garden and A Little Princess probably go so well together because they’re by the same lady, but these stories are always two of my favorites. The first follows a little girl sent to live with her uncle after her parents die who finds a new outlook on life and family, and the second is about a formerly rich young girl reduced to a maid when her father dies. Her imagination and her friendship with another maid at her boarding school will make your heart smile. If you like early 20th century period literature, you should definitely go buy these. The Secret Garden is free for kindle.
What books do you love to read? Please let me know in the comments! (: