What are you up to this summer—besides reading great books, that is? Take a look at these summer titles that highlight warm weather activities. Some of these pastimes are resplendently retro and some may even be in your plans already. These books don’t necessarily have happy endings (or beginnings or middles), but if you need inspiration for a great read based on a great way to spend your time, we’ve got it in these five titles.
Take part in a scavenger hunt:
The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan features two young girls who spend the summers in their lakeside town taking part in thrilling scavenger hunts and planning their lives as best friends forever. But a betrayal one summer night rips the girls apart, cleaving their friendship. Seventeen years later the women find themselves reunited, trying to repair the wounds of their past by partaking in a scavenger hunt that could finally bring them back together—or reveal all the secrets of the events that tore them apart.
Take a hike:
The forest is the perfect place to find clarity and peace, which is exactly what Harry Crane is looking for when he makes his way to the remote Pennsylvania wilderness following a personal tragedy in Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen. Harry isn’t the only one who has sought refuge in the trees and as he befriends a little girl coping with sadness of her own, they discover the forest’s healing power.
In The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu, an overnight kayaking trip in the Pacific Northwest turns tragic, reverberating across the lives of five young campers for years to come. As the story flashes back from the present to the past, each of the girls’ futures is founded on how they reacted to the events of that fateful summer, and to each other.
Explore a bookstore:
The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson, merges two great summer pursuits in one charming novel: browsing bookstores and going on a scavenger hunt. In it, a young woman inherits her uncle’s bookstore, as well as a chance to finally unravel a mystery that tore her family apart years before. Why had her uncle disappeared from their life? To find the answers, he has left Miranda clues to a scavenger hunt, like the ones he used to make up for her as a child, leading Miranda through the pages of classic books until she discovers her uncle’s secrets—and so much more.
Rent a cottage:
A summer retreat is a great place to work on projects, and in The Cottages on Silver Beach (part of the Haven Point series) by RaeAnn Thayne, a writer returns to his hometown to work on his latest book. The last thing he wants is to begin anything with the woman he left behind, but when he rents a cottage from her family, he can’t get her out of his mind. Can they contemplate a future before they deal with their past?
What activities will you be taking part in this summer? Leave us a comment and let us know!