Sensational Summer Reads

Shall we compare these books to a summers’ day? Summer is fast approaching, and with it, endless amounts of free time. If you want to escape the sweltering heat, gallons of sunscreen, and stinging chlorine – dive into a book instead! Here are the Outlander’s summer book recommendations:

The Great Gatsby (Creative Commons)

 

  • The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Narrated by Nick Carraway, who after moving to “West Egg[Long Island],” becomes enamored with the lavish summer parties and with his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, himself. Being a man of considerable wealth, Gatsby seemingly has everything, except the one thing he truly desires – Daisy Buchanan. The Great Gatsby perfectly captures the extravagance and the excess of the Roaring 20s.
  • The Song of Achilles (2011) by Madeline Miller – This story is set around the Trojan War and narrates the lives of Patroclus and Achilles and their relationship from childhood to adulthood. Achilles, the greatest warrior Greece has ever known, is given the prophecy that though fighting in Troy will bring his name glory, it will also bring his death. Patroclus fights hard against destiny, and as for Achilles: is his own ambition his true Achilles’ heel?
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream (1600) by William Shakespeare – In the midst of a fictional forest lies a comedic play detailing the aromous trials of four royals due to the mischievous fairy, Puck – who mistakenly bewitched two men to fall in love with the same woman. Simultaneously, the fairy king and queen face their own romantic battle, until all of the characters surrender to the wiles of magic and the heat of summer facilitates chaos. Broaden your literary horizons with this comedy classic. 
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2005) by Rick Riordan – A coming of age series centering around demigods – half Greek God, half human – and their thrilling summer quests. Once the protagonist, Percy Jackson, reaches Camp Half-Blood, he works to find his identity and meets Grover and Annabeth, who’ll become his closest friends. In the first installment of this series, the trio is tasked with retrieving Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt by Summer Solstice. Cool down with this easy, entertaining read.
  • In Cold Blood (1965) by Truman Capote –  Capote’s classic novel follows the investigation of the murder that shook up the small town of Holcomb, Kansas. This book is for lovers of true crime, as the murder investigation takes many unexpected twists and turns. Capote takes an interesting look at the minds of the killers themselves, often switching perspectives between the investigators and the suspects. You’ll find yourself hooked on this suspenseful and enthralling novel.