Happy Saturday, and welcome to another Spell the Month in Books! My apologies are once again in order for being a lame host and getting this post up so late in the day. I’m putting a reminder in my phone now so that I’ll have next month’s post ready a few days in advance! It seems like my schedule changes fairly dramatically each month (or at least each season), so the time when I would’ve spent working on this post in the past is now spent on other responsibilities. There are a lot of fun books to talk about this month though, so let’s get through the details and into the meat of this post!
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As the title implies, the goal is to try to spell the name of the current month by using the first letter of book titles (skipping articles like A, An, and The). This can be done with books you have on hand, creating a physical bookstack, or by building a virtual bookstack. I’ve recently started sharing themes a few months in advance to focus your book search, but following the theme is entirely optional. Once you have your stack, you can share it whatever way is convenient for you. Most bloggers do this by creating a post and adding their link to the linkup toward the bottom of this page (click on the blue button that says “Click here to enter”), or sharing their link in a comment. You can also share the list in a comment (without a link) or share a picture of your stack/list with the hashtag #SpelltheMonthinBooks on your preferred social media site. Regardless of how you participate, feel free to grab the button from the bottom of this page to include with it. This is a new button as of February 2021! Other than aesthetics, the only difference with the new one is that it links to all of my posts tagged #SpelltheMonthinBooks rather than one specific post.
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June – Set in Summer or Feels Like Summer
J – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte; Classic; Published 1846
I first read Jane Eyre last spring, and it stayed on my mind throughout the summer. Perhaps the story isn’t particularly sunny, but the book itself is connected with summer in my mind.
Immediately recognized as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again. One of the world’s most beloved novels, Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance, mystery, and suspense.
U – The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher; Young Adult Contemporary; Published 2012
This one is set over summer vacation, I read it during the summer of 2014, and the cover features a swimming pool. How much more “summer” can a book be?
I’m Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn’t want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee’s parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of “The Unbearable Book Club,” CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren’t friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.
N – Nancy Drew: Girl Detective; Mystery at Malachite Mansion (Malibu Mystery Trilogy #2); Middle Grade/YA Mystery; Published 2011
To be fair, this one is a bit of a stretch and technically I included the series name, but oh well! While the Girl Detective editions are a bit juvenile for my taste these days, I enjoyed them a lot years ago.
Nancy Drew and her friends aren’t having the most restful Malibu vacation. After noticing pollution on the shores of their beautiful beachfront condo, they check into the shady “holistic spa” next door to investigate a motivational guru who could be tied to ocean garbage dumping! An environmental, ripped-from-the-headlines adventure, with some Kardashian sister look-alikes thrown in.
E – Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities #3) by Shannon Messenger; Middle Grade Fantasy; Published 2014
First of all, the title makes me think of how hot it can get here in Oklahoma over the summer. Second, this is an action-filled fantasy adventure, and summer is the perfect time to try new things and create new adventures!
Sophie uncovers shocking secrets—and faces treacherous new enemies—in this electrifying third book in the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Sophie Foster is ready to fight back.
Her talents are getting stronger, and with the elusive Black Swan group ignoring her calls for help, she’s determined to find her kidnappers—before they come after her again.
But a daring mistake leaves her world teetering on the edge of war, and causes many to fear that she has finally gone too far. And the deeper Sophie searches, the farther the conspiracy stretches, proving that her most dangerous enemy might be closer than she realizes.
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What books just yell “summer!” to you? Have you found any new favorites in the string of recent releases?
Next month’s suggested theme is books which match your country’s flag, so for my post I’ll share books with red, white, and/or blue covers. If you have suggestions for a theme for August or September, share it in the comments or send me a message!
Until the next chapter,