3 Books To Read Before Summer Ends

Hey guys, there’s still three weeks left of summer (though AZ just got our first monsoon!!! YAY!!) so Rosy, Pearl, and I decided to do a summer blog collab together!

Rosy’s post is about things to do before the season ends, and Pearl’s post is about ways to stay cool in this heat.

I am sharing three books, set during summer, that I think y’all should read!


I’ve read this first book so many times; it’s just the best. XD I gobble up Enright’s vivid, quirky writing style in every one of her books, but it especially glows with fun in this adventurous story (Portia is 100% quotable)! I dreamed of stumbling upon my own “Gone-Away” when we lived in the green woods. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

Summer has a magic all its own.

When Portia sets out for a visit with her cousin Julian, she expects fun and adventure, but of the usual kind: exploring in the woods near Julian’s house, collecting stones and bugs, playing games throughout the long, lazy days.

This summer is different.

On their first day exploring, Portia and Julian discover an enormous boulder with a mysterious message, a swamp choked with reeds and quicksand, and on the far side of the swamp…a ghost town.

Once upon a time the swamp was a splendid lake, and the fallen houses along its shore an elegant resort community. But though the lake is long gone and the resort faded away, the houses still hold a secret life: two people who have never left Gone-Away…and who can tell the story of what happened there.


Sweet, fun, short… this ebook is a snack! All the characters have cool dynamics with each other, Rose is not a morning person which I highly relate to, the diner sounds absolutely adorable, I want a vacation like this lol, and I think I need some ice cream right this minute. Also, can I please meet the old *spoiler* character who’s at the end?!!!

Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate Willis

Rule one: Keep your hands clean.
Rule two: Careful with the food trays.
Rule three: Visit the soda fountain as often as you like, but donโ€™t make yourself sick.
Rule four: Enjoy the poodle skirt.

Canary is excited to spend a whole week helping her newlywed aunt and uncle run a 50โ€™s diner along with her older siblings Rose and Michael. Even the rules for working there are fun!

But when a routine cleanup presents a mysterious, hand-drawn map, her vacation gets even more exciting than a banana split with hot fudge sauce. And thatโ€™s saying a lot!


My next summer read suggestion is an entire novel. Yum!! The cover is wonderfully aesthetic just to start with, my favorite of the projects was definitely the treasure hunt, and I love the cousins’ grandpa!! โค The themes– loving everyone even if they’re unkind and learning to relate to those who aren’t just exactly like you– were interesting too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Family Reunion by Kelsey Bryant

Every word, every moment matters โ€ฆ 

14-year-old Marielle Austinโ€™s parents and grandparents are hosting family for a week in the Texas hill country, and Marielleโ€™s five girl cousins are staying at her house. Emma and Caroline are her best friends… Abby, Kailey, and Reanna are from Wisconsin and just as far away in background and interests.

Grandpa Will Austin has devised a series of projects for the six of them to complete. Thereโ€™s a shed to fix up, a missionary to interview, and a trail of clues to solve– all leading to a treasure.

If they finish by the end of the week and work together with love and understanding, theyโ€™ll earn a prize beyond anything they could imagine! But bad attitudes and work ethics seem all Abby, Kailey, and Reanna can offer.

Marielle, Emma, and Caroline are at a loss โ€“ how can they show love when itโ€™s hard to even feel it? Will the mysterious prize slip away, and with it any chance of relationship?


Have you read any of these books? Which one looks the most interesting? Are you sad or glad summer is ending? Let’s talk!! ~Anna

See the other two posts in this collab! 6 Things To Do Before Summer Ends by Rosy, and 12 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer by Pearl.

20 thoughts on “3 Books To Read Before Summer Ends

  1. Oh, I love “Gone-Away Lake”! I actually just reread it and the sequel. And I introduced my 2nd nephew to them too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    And of course I like “Enjoy the Poodle Skirt!” ๐Ÿ˜€ If you find that place, let me know so I can come vacation there too. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It’s been years since I’ve read “Family Reunion.”
    In some ways I’m more than ready to be done with summer. I don’t enjoy the heat much, and want to have crisp weather and lovely colors. But, at the same time, I’m not ready for the year to be almost over! It’s already going by fast enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hooray for Gone-Away! And so special to get to pass on great reads like that!
      Aw yes, I’ll let you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

      I get what you mean… I’m looking forward to cooler weather and things about autumn, but I’ll miss all the free time and hanging out that filled this summer!! And amen about the year going fast. :O

      Thanks for commenting, Rebekah!

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  2. I’ve read Enjoy the Poodle Skirt (fun story!!), and I put Gone-Away Lake on hold at the library, and I asked the library to buy Family Reunion (another friend recently told me it was good too!). Thanks for the recs!!!

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  3. I haven’t read Kelsey’s book (though I loved her take on Sense and Sensibility), but I really enjoyed the other two books! Gone-Away Lake makes me miss my childhood. โค And Kate's book is just *fun.*

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    1. Ooo I have yet to read Kelsey’s Sense&Sensibility!
      Ditto about Gone-Away ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜‰โค
      Ikr?! Ice cream always makes for fun, but the story’s feel is simply darling to!

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