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H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Melissa Andersen

H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

Summer sun and a good book go hand-in-hand, as this time of year the days are longer, slower, and ripe for getting lost in a great story. This month on H&W Book Club, we're sharing our ultimate summer reads, how we like to enjoy them, and of course, the patterns with which they most perfectly pair. 

H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

AIMEE LAGOS

What is your ultimate summer read?

I chose Colum McCann?s Let the Great World Spin. Set in 1970s New York in the summer, this novel connects seemingly separate stories of diverse characters. Generally I like my summer reading to be a bit lighter than other times of the year. And there are so many other things to do, summer reading really needs to draw you in. While this book isn?t necessarily light, it?s beautifully written and I could not put it down while I was reading it.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I paired Knots (Gold) with this book because the intertwining of lines in the pattern mimic the intertwining of various narratives within this story. It leaves you with a sense that everything is connected in some way, even though we may not always realize it.

What's your favorite way to indulge in a little summer reading?

I love to read at our cabin, no matter the season. In the summer, though, there are so many distractions that it?s hard to find uninterrupted time to read. I find myself claiming to have too much meal prep/clean up when everyone leaves for a boat ride, so I can stay back to sit and read on the dock, which is one of my favorite things to do. Reading a good book while drinking a cold beer with your feet in the water is truly one of life?s greatest pleasures!

H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

CHRISTIANA COOP

What is your ultimate summer read?

Iris Apfel's Accidental Icon may not be ?the? ultimate summer read, but it?s my summer read and I love it so far. I really admire her style, of course, but what I find so inspiring is her unapologetic attitude about just being herself and how she stays so young at heart.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I paired it with Pineapple (Ebony) because I kind of suspect that?s what she would pair it with. Oh yes, and also because she?s wearing a pineapple on the cover.

What's your favorite way to indulge in a little summer reading?

I?ll be wearing a big sunhat and sipping on a gin and tonic. It could be on the beach or just on my back patio?anywhere the sun is shining! I love reading during the day on Saturdays, too, because that?s definitely the happiest and most relaxing day of the week for me and the perfect day to indulge in a cocktail and a book. 

H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

OLA SUPERNAT

What is your ultimate summer read?

My ultimate summer read is whatever?s next on my reading list :) But the book I have taken to the beach multiple times over the years is Deepak Chopra?s Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul. It is about self-transformation, which to me is a very fitting subject matter for when you are surrounded by grand nature, in between surf sessions. I?ve actually never finished the book, because I?d usually find myself pondering Chopra?s words while taking in the scene around me: sparkling ocean, vast beach, lush cliffs, wandering people. Perhaps this summer I will make it to the end!

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I picked Strawberries (White), because strawberries = summer.

What's your favorite way to indulge in a little summer reading?

We go to the river a lot in the summer and I always bring a book (or magazines) with me. I like to read while wading in the water or laying out on the shady part of the beach. We pack a cooler full of sandwiches and snacks and make a perfectly mellow yet reinvigorating day of it.

H&W Book Club: Summer Favorites

MELISSA ANDERSEN

What is your ultimate summer read?

My favorite summer read changes every year (there are too many great books to choose just one!), but this year it's Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. This is Berry's 7th novel, but his first writing from the perspective of a woman?the now-elderly narrator, Hannah. The book is a recounting of her life in the countryside of Port William, Kentucky?the two great loves she married and eventually lost, the lives they built together, the farm and farmhouse they tended, the children she raised, the people that came and went, and the community she loved. It's a soft, meandering plot?one that transports you to another time and place?that's as much about the culture of family farming (and how it was transformed by 20th century technology) as it is about Hannah's motto of "live right on" as the world around her changes and evolves.

What pattern and colorway did you pair with your book and why?

I paired this book with Queen Anne (Taupe) because it evokes the rolling countryside where Hannah's story plays out. It also reminds me of the poem that first ignited my love for Berry's writing:

"The Peace of Wild Things"

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

What's your favorite way to indulge in a little summer reading?

It's basically a prerequisite that summer reading be done in the great outdoors. For me, that most usually means sitting on the beach in my husband's hometown of Manasquan, NJ, under a striped umbrella, toes in the sand, with the cool, salty sea breeze caressing my sun-kissed skin, the sounds of waves crashing on the shore, and seagulls swooping and cawing overhead. Those days are some of my happiest.

 

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