Decoda’s Summer Reading 2018 – Nicole Davies
Date posted: July 25, 2018
My childhood friend’s birthday is less than a week away. With 30+ years of friendship under our belts there are a lot of memories to choose from – sliding down laundry shoots, out of town volleyball tournaments, broken bones (me), fender benders (her) and so much laughter. We shared a penchant for storytelling and the imaginary, but the greatest love we shared and continue to share is reading. We would spend a plethora of summer days hanging out together to just read, and eat crackers and cheese, of course. There’s a great comfort when nothing is said for hours on end and the only noise is the sound of turning pages and the sweet heat of summer wrapping you in a cozy blanket.
To honour my voracious reader friend, Zoe, for our many years of friendship and her birthday that will officially make her my age, here are some of the books I remember us reading for the many decades of our friendship. From summers as children to full grown adults discussing the finer points of the books, this list is a little bit of everything for ages 10+ to enjoy some summer reading.
1) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis – Lions & Witches & Wardrobes… children battling evil, even within themselves, and ice queen, and a talking lion. It’s pretty much the whole of what mankind is wrapped up in a book set in a magical place called Narnia. This is the perfect book to beat the summer heat, especially reading about the White Witch’s deep winter.
2) Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery – Oh Anne with an E and the spit fire attitude, how you made Canada’s East coast so magical no matter what the season.
3) Magic for Marigold – Lucy Maud Montgomery – Because we read Anne, we needed to read Marigold!
4) Watership Down – Richard Adams – If rabbits were humans… pretty sure this is how it would be.
5) The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck – Although technically assigned school reading, this book introduced us to beautiful writing beyond our childhood literature. A book steeped in the realistic nature of a time that we did not know existed until that book. I’m rereading this one this summer.
5) Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follet – After many years veering off on different lives and book genres this book brought back our mutual love for the same books. And my continuing love for redheaded men…
6) The Hunger Games Trilogy – If you haven’t read these yet… You will go through an emotional rollercoaster and need tissue for most of the last book.
Enjoy your summer & happy reading!