David Sedaris has always been a part of my summer. I was first introduced to his writing while on family vacation one summer when we visited a local bookstore and I decided to venture away from YA novels and buy "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim". Truth be told, I probably wasn't old enough for it at the time, but that collection seems to have become a summer staple for me. One year, my best friend even dropped my copy in Lake Michigan and it somehow survived.
I few weeks ago I asked my Tumblr followers if they had any go-to books in the summer, or any specific author they seemed to fall into reading each year. I thought it was interesting what answers were duplicated and similar to my own (ahem, Harry Potter), and also that there were books and authors I had never even heard of. I put together a mini round-up that includes most everyone's answers. Hopefully everyone will discover something they've never read before or rediscover an old favorite.
Click through the jump for the full list, including the contributors. Thanks to everyone for your input, I loved seeing your answers and getting a little inspiration for my own summer reading list.
1. ithreethreezero answered: cat’s cradle, by kurt vonnegut. it’s how I start every single summer.
2. huzzbuzz answered: What I read last summer which seemed to suit the season perfectly was Dandelion Wine. I also second the A Tree Grows in Brooklyn answer, tho.
3. strandedstmarkscitylights answered: I read Peter Pan every summer. :)
4. shorthairedgirl answered: Summer time is Jane Austen time for me.
incorrectpunctuation answered: Pride and Prejudice. Can’t get tired of it. My copy is getting really worn down.
5. theredshoes answered: I always remember Daisy Buchanan’s line about watching for the longest day of the year and missing it every June twenty-first.
itismaddie answered: when i was younger i used to read Stargirl and To Kill a Mockingbird every summer. now i typically read some James Joyce or The Great Gatsby.
6. kingofawkwardness answered: The Perks of Being a Wallflower!
likewat3rforchocolate answered: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
7. tracynle answered: I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith :). My other favorite is The Little French Girl by Anne Douglas Sedgwick.
8. haleycrain answered: the phantom tollbooth
9. written-diary answered: Lewis Carroll and Jane Austen
10. tamsss answered: Harry Potter! the full series :)
faux-horcrux answered: JK Rowling. I reread the Harry Potter books every summer.
notable-piecesofme answered: The Alchemist, Wuthering Heights, Lolita.
intolollysmind answered: haruki murakami - norwegian wood
missemmy answered: Annie Dillard!!!!
rawcarrots answered: The Year of The Secret Assignments…it’s a YA novel but it’s so sweet and funny and quirky I can’t stop myself re-reading.
frightful-night answered: tithe by holly black. it sounds childish but i love it!
dustanddrag answered: Any Jack Kerouac, re-reading Dharma Bums now.
bourbonandbitters answered: “Last Chance to See” by Douglas Adams.
rollingoutonbitches answered: I seem to go on Neil Gaiman binges during the summer and leading into the fall. Otherwise it’s The Cather In The Rye.
missshaw answered: Ben Elton “Blind Faith”
hellosweeties answered: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver and the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King!
holletier answered: Valley of the Dolls - Jacqueline Susann
permanentjetlagpleasetakemeback answered: Rain of Gold