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Summer Recommendations

Let’s consider this to be a much revised and improved version of last year’s list? Seeing as many of these are actually summery books or at least take place during or feel like summer whereas many of last year’s were just good to read over the summer. 

  • I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith
  • Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 
  • Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
  • This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Save Me the Waltz - Zelda Fitzgerald
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Shakespeare
  • Atonement - Ian McEwan
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt 
  • Birds Without Wings - Louis de Bernières 
  • Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen 
  • The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham 
  • Summer - Edith Wharton
  • Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean Rhys
  • Hudson River Bracketed - Edith Wharton 
  • My Cousin Rachel - Daphne du Maurier
  • The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James 
  • The House at Riverton - Kate Morton 
  • Arcadia - Tom Stoppard 
  • The Namesake - Jhumpa Lahiri 
  • Flappers and Philosophers - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • The Help - Kathryn Stockett 
I want to be independent. To meet interesting people. … I just mean new people with clever things to say. Things I’ve never heard before. I want to be free. Open to whatever adventure comes along and sweeps me off my feet.
—  Kate Morton, The House at Riverton