School’s out, summer is in! Well, if you’re like me, summers hold a different vibe than they did in the early aughts, where summer days were spent crisping my skin poolside with my nose in the latest issue of some teen magazine, and then later, devouring the Harry Potter series and Margaret Atwood , that is, until my lazy summer days were wasted away working.
Summers of present still hold that enchanted essence of excitement and wonder, but with a bit more responsibility and less rules. I still get excited when I see fireflies flicker in the warm dusk of a summer eve; the cure for a hot and humid day will always be ice cream in a sugar waffle cone (or a Mint Oreo Blizzard from Dairy Queen); and there’s no better way to relax than beachside (or poolside) with a good book and the occasional dip to cool off on a sunny summer’s day .
Maybe it’s that time feels like it stands still during summer; the days blur into each other as one hazy humid afternoon rolls into another. Maybe it’s those magical summer moments, albeit fleeting, that we bottle up and relive through the dark and cold days of winter. Or maybe it’s because summer days are when we are fully present and fully immersed in every minute of the season, not wishing it away or longing for one that just past, but perfectly content in the now of it all.
Whatever feelings summer evoke, it is definitely my favourite reading season, and below are the books that will keep my company over the next 10+ weeks. (Reading locations TBD, but here’s hoping that one day over the summer season I will get to be a beach bum reader.)
Every Summer After – Carley Fortune
Book Lovers – Emily Henry
This Time Tomorrow – Emma Straub
The House Across the Lake – Riley Sager
The Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley (A summer read recommendation from @medium.lady)
Seven Days in June – Tia Williams
The Messy Lives of People – Phaedra Patrick
Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren
And of course, Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid will be my Labour Day read. (I’ve pre-ordered my copy.)
What are you reading this summer?
 I recognize how problematic both Rowling and Atwood are as influential creators, who have the platform and the voice to represent those who have oftentimes turned to their works in times of need, yet have failed them. Can we separate the work from those that create it? Can we still love the fictional worlds and characters that these problematic authors have created? Fully loaded questions that I regularly ask myself when I glimpse my HP series that I have stashed in my closet unable to throw away.
 A thick slather of SPF is mandatory.
 I devoured this book in May, so technically not a summer read for me, but it is the quintessential summer dockside book, and it will be a book that I read again. Add it to your summer reading pile, if it’s not there already.