In this series, I recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. When I think of July, I think of summer adventures, sparklers on the Fourth of July, hot afternoons, a lot of time with family, sitting by the campfire, and looking at fireflies at the edge of the woods. I’ve tried to choose classics that remind me of these moments.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. When I think of the Fourth of July and quintessential American literature, this is one of the first books that comes to mind. This book is both an entertaining story and a dark reminder of the racism that the United States was built on.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. What screams “adventure” more than Treasure Island? While this isn’t my favorite classic, it’s one that I think gets passed by quite often. It’s worth giving it a read!
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. To me, this novel is the embodiment of a long, hot summer that feels endless in its ups and downs. This was one of the first novels I was ever assigned to read in college, and it has fascinated me ever since. I’ve read it twice now and am already looking forward to reading it again someday.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Such a fun tale of the adventures of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Mr. Toad. I love reading children’s novels in the summertime–it makes me feel so nostalgic!
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I’m not yet done with this book yet (it’s my big book of the summer) but I’ve so enjoyed what I’ve read thus far. It’s definitely one of the most action-packed classics I’ve ever read! Perfect if you’re in the mood for a summer adventure.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this classics guide for the month of July!
With books do you associate with the month of July? What do you think of the books I’ve mentioned? Which books would you add? Let me know in the comments section below!