A particular satisfaction can be found in reading that mirrors the season outside, a satisfaction you can revel in while filling the BookBingoNW category Set in Summer. From coming-of-age, to mystery, to general fiction and nonfiction, we have ideas to get you started.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Over the course of one transformative summer a teen boy and a summer guest at his parents’ home on the Italian Riviera pursue an unexpected and swift romance. Elio is a bookish 17-year-old still discovering his place in the world; Oliver is a 24-year-old scholar who knows exactly the impact of his looks on people of all ages and genders. (This was also recently adapted into a movie, if you’re looking to fill that square).
The High Season by Judy Blundell
Each summer Ruthie and her family rent out their seaside home in order to afford it the rest of the year. This summer is different: from teenage angst, to a socialite upending the small town’s routine, to art world politicking, Ruthie will have to figure out how to hold on to the things that really matter and how to move on from the rest.
One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
In this nonfiction title Bryson describes a pivotal season in American history, from Charles Lindbergh’s record-breaking flight across the Atlantic, to Al Capone, Prohibition, the Ford Model T, the downfall of socialists Sacco and Vanzetti, and the way Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth’s baseball season captivated the country.
Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
During the school year Benji is one of the only Black kids at a prep school in Manhattan; in the summer he and his brother Reggie escape to the East End of Sag Harbor where a community of African-American professionals have built a world of their own. At 15, it’s a summer full of rites of passage for Benji: getting a first job, pursuing girls, car ownership, getting adults to buy beer, and starting to figure out his identity.
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Told as a series of vignettes, a grandmother and Sophia, her six year old granddaughter, spend the summer on a small island off the coast of Finland that the family has been coming to for 47 years. They pass the summer walking the coastline, hosting a friend for a sleepover, exploring and sharing with each other. A summer of experiences, crystalline and distilled.
Summer of the Big Bachi by Naomi Hirahara
Mas Arai, who survived Hiroshima, now lives in L.A. and works as a gardener. Troubled by a friend’s suspicious death, Mas decides to investigate and comes to realize too late that the case may force him to revisit his past and dig up old secrets, both his own and those of the friends he thought he knew. First in the Mas Arai mystery series.
Find an extended list of books set in summer in our catalog!
~ posted by Andrea G.