The End of the Summer Reading List

Well, summer is officially over.  I’ve replaced the last book on my summer reading list on the bookshelf and return to college.  There was drama.  There was ordinariness.  There were retrospective memoirs, horrific dystopias, and gothic romances.  For three months, I made friends with pioneers, 10 year-old boys, British governesses, anarchists, clergymen’s daughters, cursed New Englanders, and Dorothy Gale.  I’ve visited train stations, the summer house, penny arcades, the moor, the parlor with Alice’s piano, a western soddy, Bath, Northanger Abbey, the Kingdom of Ev, and even Oceania.  Shoud you ever wish to visit these fantastic places, here is the list of where you can follow my adventures.

Summer Reading List:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Murder in the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
May B.  by Carol Rose Starr
The Inventions of Hugo Cabret by Brian O. Selznick
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton
1984 by George Orwell
Persuasion by Jane Austen
House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Next summer I hope to revisit Narnia, drop by Neverland, make an excursion into the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald, delve into Roethke’s greenhouse, and continue my trip through Austenian England.  You do not have to be Silvertongue from Inkheart to bring characters to life.  All you need is imagination and an open book.

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