Spring has finally sprung, friends! And to celebrate this momentous occasion (and fuel our anticipation for summer), I thought I would recommend a couple of my favourite short, summery reads.
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
This book has a very special place in my heart. I first picked it up on a whim when I was at a friend’s cottage one summer and it’s become my ultimate blues-be-gone read. I’ve read it so many times now I’ve lost count.
There is something so incredibly charming about this story and its protagonist. It’s told in a collection of letters from an eighteen-year-old girl named Jerusha Abbott to an anonymous benefactor, who has agreed to pay for her college education. You’d think this format would take away from the story (I certainly thought it would), but I found it only distills Jerusha’s real, witty, heart-warming, and hilarious narration.
Another plus: it’s so short that you can easily read it in one sitting.
It isn’t the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh – I really think that requires spirit.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
This one’s a sweet, innocent young adult contemporary novel. I read it just this past month and it’s got me oh so excited for summer! It’s a cutesy coming-of-age story following the friendship between two teenage girls and one’s attempt to take chances, step out of her comfort zone and ultimately into herself. And a little romance on the side never hurt anybody…
If you’re looking for a quick, satisfying read for spring – look no further!
P.S. I love you, Frank.
Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
My family and I used to vacation in PEI when we lived on the East coast so this little story hits home. It’s a classic. If you haven’t read it, I greatly encourage you to do so. Anne is my spirit animal.
It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.