For those of you who aren’t aware (don’t worry about it, there’s not really much reason you should be), last night was Midsummer’s Eve. Until about a year ago, I hadn’t realised that Midsummer and the Summer Solstice could be on different dates. But it is. If this is something that actually interests you, you can go and do your own research. I’m not going to do a history lesson. I’m just going to do what I do best: give you a list of books that I think go perfectly with this time of year.
A Midsummer Night’s Eve by William Shakespeare
I mean, of course this is going to be the first book on this list. If you don’t feel like reading the play, maybe watch the film adaptation. It’s also pretty solid.
The Lake House by Kate Morton
A very important portion of this book actually takes place during a Midsummer’s Eve party. And Kate Morton’s books are just wonderful and magical and I think that everyone should read at least one.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This series has just the right amount of magic and danger to fit the slightly sinister faerie vibe that I feel imperative to a good Midsummer read.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
The señoras whisper about Isabel. Some say her skin is green. Some say she lives off of the poisonous plants in her garden. Some say she can grant wishes. And some say that just touching her will kill you. This summer Lucas wants some answers.
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
If you haven’t read this wonderful book yet, just do yourself a favour and pick it up. It’s lovely.
The Moorchild by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
I was absolutely enchanted by this book about a changeling when I read it as a child, and it’s one of those stories that’s stuck with me.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The magic of the Cirque du Reves is something unlike anything I’ve ever read before. This is another one of those books that bewitches and never quite leaves you.