Now that summer is here (in the northern hemisphere, anyway), what is the most “Summery” book you can think of? The one that captures the essence of summer for you?
(I’m not asking for you to list your ideal “beach reading,” you understand, but the book that you can read at any time of year but that evokes “summer.”)
This actually wasn't as hard to answer as I thought it was going to be because the book that sprung to mind was Alex Garland's The Beach. While it's nothing to do with summer, it's protagonist, Richard, finds himself on a paradise island, just off Thailand, untouched by the hands of the Western world. For me, summer reminds me of skimpy clothes, hot weather, beaches, cooling off by the water, and being amongst your closest friends and family. Richard's tight-knit community on the island incorporates all of that (until things goes wrong).
Speaking of summer, though we're nearly at the end of July, I'm currently enjoying a very loud storm that's just hit the city. Lovely warm weather and one of my favourite things to experience. A great summer evening. :-D