It’s summer! Sort of. The weather in the UK has been particularly shocking recently, with heavy rain showers and high winds abounding. But summer is just round the corner and I know I’m hoping for some nicer weather! So don’t let the current weather get you down, pick up one of these books that remind me of summer and imagine the sun’s already beating down on us…
- Outline by Rachel Cusk.
The narrator in this literally visits Greece in summer in this book, so sea, sun, and boat trips are pretty prominent parts of this novel. It gives me the writer summer residency vibes I can only dream of, and I can almost pretend that international travel is all fine, and I really have jetted off to a Greek island…
- Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan.
I’m not quite so sure why this one gives me summer vibes, because I don’t think it’s explicitly set in any season. I think it’s down to the way that the relationships in this book work. Ava’s relationship with Julian feels very volatile, like it could ignite and burn at any moment, while the second relationship in this book gives me a real summer romance, Grease-style vibe due to the sense of an expiry date on the relationship throughout it.
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Again, not explicitly set somewhere hot and sunny, but when you make the Sun a key plot point and element in your book, I think of summer. The importance of the Sun’s rays, combined with the multiple scenes of the sun setting over a field, gives me really strong summer evening vibes.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I picked this one partly because I either imagine regency-era books as Christmas stories or summer stories, and Pride and Prejudice falls into the latter. When I think of Pride and Prejudice, I think of casual strolls, and picnics, and general outdoorsy meetings, which is naturally very much summer. Nobody in the UK wants a picnic in midwinter.
- Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.
A bit of summer self-discovery? I partly associate this one with summer because I read it last summer, I suspect, but I think there are other things that push me to the summery vibe. I always associate anything that feels a bit stop-gap with summer, and Queenie’s brief period of being single and getting involved with men that are definitely not good for her offers that sort of vibe. I also see summer as a period for having time to oneself, which Queenie, fresh from a breakup at the start of the novel, definitely helps. Can you tell that I never left education from the way I think of summer because whew!