- The summer solstice begins tonight at approx 11:24, and then the longest day of the year shall begin. Just like I have for the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox I thought it would be fun to create a recommendation list tailored to the length of the days. Depending on wherever you are in the world, the summer solstice will commence soon (or it already has) and it will be the longest day of the year, in some places like in Alaska you’ll have close to 24 hours of sunlight and in other places like Texas (me!) you’ll have 14 hours of sunlight. Since we’ll all have the greatest amount of sunlight hours you’ll need equally large books (500+) pages to read. So now that it’s the summer solstice here are some large book that should be able to keep you occupied, and hopefully, you’ll be able to put a dent in these books during the day.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
I have been nothing but vocal about my love for this entire series. In almost every recommendation post I manage to sneak Outlander in and this one is no different. All of the book in this series are absolutely massive and none of them are smaller than 700 pages so this is definitely a book series that requires a serious investment of time, lots of it. But go ahead and pick up the first book and try and make a dent in this time during the solstice.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.
The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.
A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard
Ever since I read this in late December I have talked endlessly about this book and after reading the sequel last month I continue to exalt praise for this series. This is a must read for everyone. The writing is absolutely beautiful, the plot intriguing, the narration unique, everything about this book is amazing and makes it a perfect book to read during the longest day of the year.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…
An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.
A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
After finishing The Wise Man’s Fear, I’ve wanted to read more epic fantasy and The Lies of Locke Lamora fall into this category. I’m actually currently reading this and it’s going to to be my summer solstice read. I’m about 40 pages in and I hope to make a dent into this book tomorrow, and you should definitely join me!
And I Darken by Kiersten White
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point
As a history nerd, And I Darken manages to combine my love of history and fiction in a great gender bent retelling of Vlad the Impaler. Most YA doesn’t get bigger than 350 pages but And I darken is on the longer side and every inch of this book is perfect. This is is the perfect time to read this since the sequel releases in a week and it gives you some time to catch up.
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).
But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?
Fantasy books tend to be on the longer side but once in awhile a contemporary book just as large shows up. The Unexpected Everything is one such book. Summer is the time of contemporaries and the summer solstice is thus the best time to read one. This book is super cute and an all around fun read.
What are your reading plans for the summer solstice?