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Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?

(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)

Oddly, when I think of “summer reading” I think of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  When I first really started reading books in earnest, I was in high school and part of an Honors Reading program.  The summer before my junior year, I was a camp counselor and took my copy of The Scarlet Letter with me.  I found this little hidden clearing that was just off a secondary trail, and I would slip into it and park my butt under a tree and read through my free time. 

To this day, this memory is my “happy place” that I go to in my mind whenever I’m stressed out.  It was such a relaxing place.  Quiet but for a gentle breeze blowing through the trees and the birds singing cheerfully.  Safe… no one ever found me in there, even when they were walking by on the trail and calling for me, they never saw the opening to the clearing.  The cheerful sunshine radiating down and warming me, while the shade of the tree kept me from being too hot or getting too much sun.  The book in my hand transporting me to another time and place.

What’s your best summer memory of reading?

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14 Responses

  1. I’ve had The Scarlet Letter in my TBR for more than 3 years, but never got the chance to read it.

    Your memory is so relaxing and pleasant 🙂

    My pleasant memories would be when we used to sneak Mills and Boon books in the classroom when I was in school and we used to pass the books around to read until they were torn and not readable any more 🙂

  2. The Scarlet Letter is an excellent read. A great expose of bigotry and the power of the human will.

  3. That sounds like a really nice memory! I hated The Scarlet Letter and read it during the winter in school anyway. =)

    I can’t really remember any particular memories of summer and reading except that I did a lot of it! I don’t think I’ll be able to answer the question this week. =(

  4. I have never read The Scarlet Letter but I think that I might have to look it up, loved your memory of summer reading!

  5. I have not read The Scarlet Letter as of yet.

  6. I have yet to pick up the Scarlett Letter, I’m embarassed to say. Here’s mine:

    http://eclecticbookhoarder.blogspot.com/2009/06/booking-through-thursday-hot.html

  7. What a great summer reading memory! I appreciated the Scarlet Letter much more as an adult though.

  8. I loved The Scarlet Letter. It is still very relevant in some parts of India.

    It is a good summer read.

    Heatwave reading

  9. My best memories of summer reading are related – this is the time I would go through lists of the “great books” (my school wouldn’t think of including them in a curriculum). I spent many summers reading the best that was out there, so it was fun and brings back many memories. Now I spend my summers reading “airplane books.” Hmmmm. Wonder what that means?!!!

  10. Would you believe lying under a beach almond tree on the sand in my bathing suit? I don’t remember the book but the setting was perfect.

  11. Wow, that sounds so idyllic! Maybe if I’d had such a great reading place, I might have liked The Scarlet Letter more – might not have spent so much time tearing my hair and throwing the book at the wall!

  12. It’s been years since I read The Scarlet Letter. That’s such a nice memory!

  13. What a wonderful memory! It’s been ages since I read The Scarlet Letter. Not so long though since I found a quiet spot to read outdoors. Well, too long ago, but not quite as many years since then from when I read the book.

  14. A very interesting read – thanks for posting

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