Dream, Imagine, Read
It’s May already which means that summer is just around the corner. Today, The View at Mill Run Blog is recommending books to read this summer for members of our apartment community. We’ve put together a list of books (with reviews from Goodreads) that speak to dreams, imagination, and adventure. Happy reading everyone!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
“Helena loves Demetrius, Demetrius loves Hermia, and Hermia and Lysander love each other. Love is a complicated game, especially when Oberon, King of the Fairies, gets involved. Oberon is in a dispute with his wife, Titania, and is out to settle the score with a love potion and a donkey. While he’s carrying out his plot, he decides to “help” the young lovers. Chaos ensues.”
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
“Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert were expecting a young boy from the orphanage. When Anne Shirley shows up, they don’t quite know what to do. Anne is imaginative, whip-smart, and troublesome. Anne explores the beautiful Avonlea — making lifelong friends, getting into scrapes, and learning about what it means to be part of a family.”
Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn
“This is one of my new favorite young adult (or young at heart) books. I love the heroine of the story -- so much better than an [angst-ridden] Bella (as per Twilight); granted, there is some angst, but how could you have a story about a teenager without some? The story is engaging, and the characters are believable. It is essentially a fairytale, but it has a realistic feel to it that I like, including the [self-realizations] that come about by the end of the book. Overall, a good read.”
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
“Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is [The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe], written in 1949 by Clive Stables Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as [The Chronicles of Narnia].
“For the past fifty years, [The Chronicles of Narnia] have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.”
What are your favorite books? Please share in the comments below.