With that said....let me pick back up with one of my favorite memes, Booking Through Thursday. Here's this week's question:
Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)
This one is a little tough because I don't typically remember books based on what season of the year they fall in (Christmas being the exception here). Surprisingly though, I have thought of 2 books that could fit this bill, and both of them have been read within the last month or so.
My first pick would be Stealing Home by Allison Pittman. This book is all about baseball at the turn of the 20th century, and you can't help but feel that you're in the crowd watching the baseball games in this book. The characters in the story are just wonderful, and are not ones that I'll soon forget. I have a review posted of this book here along with a synopsis of the book.
My second pick is slightly ironic, considering what happened at my house 2 weeks ago. The book I'm referring to would be Last Light by Terri Blackstock. My husband thought I had a weird sense of humor when I picked up this book right after our power had gone out due to some bad storms in our area. Thankfully, we were only without it for about a day, but that didn't stop me from picking up a book that dealt with the power going off over the entire planet! (What is wrong with me here!!!) Anyway, the story takes place in the dead of summer and in the south, where it's known to be scorchingly hot at times. It's determined that an electromagnetic pulse has caused all electricity to cease functioning as well as all automobiles and generators. The water doesn't work all that well either, so everyone's stuck with boiling lake water just to have something to drink. Combine that with whatever non-perishable food you've got in your family, and things start to look pretty grim. No one knows when the power's going to come back on, so people start to think about getting chickens, cows, and planting their own vegetable gardens to survive. Needless to say, after I finished this book, I was thinking, "We need to start a vegetable garden, need to plant some fruit trees, need to get some chickens, need to stockpile some bottled water, etc." Pretty strange to think about, huh?