Summer Reading List

 

I hope that y’all are having a lovely summer! It’s getting too hot here to go out and garden past ten o’clock in the morning, but there are plenty of pleasant indoor things to put one’s hands to. Not the least of which is a good book when all (or almost all ;) ) the pressing things have been attended to…

Here’s a list of some of my favorite summer reads from years past that I compiled for the Young Ladies Christian Fellowship.

One of the books I’ve read this summer that I didn’t include there was Rumer Godden’s The Greengage Summer. I found myself so tangled up in it that it’s a good thing it didn’t take me long to read it! Rumer Godden writes with great beauty and poignancy…and the fact that the action takes place in an old hotel in the Champagne region of France in the 1950′s certainly appealed to me. Five English children are cast upon the mercy of the haughty proprietress after their mother is taken suddenly ill. When a mysterious and dashing English gentleman intervenes and makes them his charges for the month of August the children embark on what they imagine will be an idyllic and magical summer. Which it is–you feel like you are there, experiencing it with them–until Monsieur Eliot’s behaviour takes a sinister turn. It’s a coming-of-age story, with many of the inuendos and expressions that such suggests, but nothing untoward actually occurs–in that respect, at least. In other respects…it’s amazing what can be hidden beneath the quiet facade of a sleepy French village…   

I usually keep Philip abreast of the plot line of whatever book I happen to be reading. The day that I finished this one, we went out to dinner and I was polishing off my narrative in rather intense tones when Philip cracked a smile and nudged my elbow. The waiter at the neighboring table was listening in with unconcealed interest–apparently he thought I was talking about real people. Perhaps he was even wondering if he should call the police! ;)

3 Responses to “Summer Reading List”

  1. Brenda N says:

    Lanier,

    I hope you are going to start posting soon.. I enjoy your blog so much. You are missed.

  2. Hi, Brenda! :) Thanks for your interest! I am definitely getting geared up to begin posting regularly again soon. It’s been a lovely summer, but I am really looking forward to the routine of fall…

  3. Brenda N says:

    It’s great to stop by and see you’re writing again. I often tell my daughter that you are a kindred spirit. Anyone that loves Victoria magazine is a kindred spirit! :)

    We both love books and beautiful things (she was an interior designer before having her first child), tea time, etc. so you can see why I like to stop by this Summer and see if you’re writing again.

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