Summer is just around the corner. In my house, we’ve come down with an aggressive and contagious form of spring fever. My calendar is quickly filling up with all kinds of fun activities, trips, and vacations.
However, amidst the fun of camps, activities, sports, and gatherings … we all need a little downtime. For me, there isn’t a better way to spend downtime than with a good book. In fact, this afternoon, I’ve already placed my first order for summer reading material on Amazon.com. While I’m an e-Reader — my husband and son definitely like to thumb through actual pages.
This summer, we’ve decided to brush up on the classics. The following is a short list of some of the classics we’ll be reading and re-reading.
Summer Classic Book Reading List
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a classic science fiction novel by French writer Jules Verne published in 1870.
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution.
Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. It is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in December 1884 and in the United States in February 1885.
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
Through the eyes and mind of a German private, the reader shares life on the battlefield during World War I.
Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children’s novel since the mid-twentieth century.
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web is a children’s novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in October 15, 1952, by Harper & Brothers.
Common Sense, Thomas Paine
Paine’s daring prose paved the way for the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.
Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by author C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940. It tells the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in the International Brigades attached to a republican guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War.
Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
This is the tale of a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and the Great Depression.
Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
Johnny Tremain is a 1943 children’s fiction historical novel by Esther Forbes set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution.
Last of the Mohicans, James Fenimore Cooper
The story of the adopted son of the Mohicans, and the daughter of a British colonel, during the French and Indian War.
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott, which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the books rapidly over several months at the request of her publisher.
Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen
English country life is described in this much-loved English romance novel set in a society obsessed with profitable marriage contracts.
Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
The story of Henry Fleming, a teenager who enlists with the Union Army in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams of glory.
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
An English sailor is marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. He struggles to survive in extraordinary circumstances, and wrestles with fate and the nature of God.
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
In the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush, a domesticated dog is snatched and sold into a brutal life as a sled dog.
The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales is a collection of 24 stories that runs to over 17,000 lines written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
A portrait of the 1920s in America, this is the story of money, greed, excess, and a man in love.
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come; Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan.
The Story of My Life, Helen Keller
A young woman overcomes the challenges of being both deaf and blind, with the help of her devoted teacher, Anne Sullivan.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee Harper
Exploration of civil rights and racism in the segregated southern United States of the 1930s.
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
An adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.