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10 Classic Reads for Warm Summer Afternoons

FYidoctors Blog | 10 Classic Reads for Warm Summer Afternoons

Whether you are taking a road trip, flying overseas or having a stay-cation this summer, sometimes the best way to explore is to immerse yourself in a good book.

Being able to learn a new opinion, traverse far-off lands or make friends with an unlikely protagonist in your imagination requires you to have clear vision. Attending regular eye examinations will ensure that turning the pages of your book is pleasure, not a struggle. Early childhood reading helps kids learn, but it is not only students who can reap the benefits of books. Take some time to continue to stimulate your mind as an adult this summer. 

From historical fiction to fantasy, we have compiled a list of 10 books—from classics you can’t miss to thrilling contemporary novels—to enjoy this season. How many have you checked off from your bucket list?

Continue reading to see what worlds could unfold in front of your eyes while you relax in the warm weather. 

 

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Follow the March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, as they persevere through poverty during the American Civil War. Alcott’s novel is often renowned as each a romance, quest, and family drama. It’s also believed to be at least semi-autobiographical.

 

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

If you haven’t read this book yet, it is high-time you hop on the bandwagon. Set in a dystopian New England, the story follows the life of Offred (from “Of-Fred,” as women no longer have their own names) as she navigates her life of service to her male “master” while reminiscing about the time before the fall of women’s rights. This novel has also become a television series starring Elizabeth Moss.

 

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Experience life among the English upper class during the British Regency period. This story depicts the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy—a wealthy visitor to the village.

 

4. All About Love: New Visions by Bell Hooks

We’re taught to believe that falling in love is something that “just happens” to us. However, Bell Hooks argues that love is a choice we make. In her novel, Hooks discusses the role of love in our lives, how contemporary culture has distorted its meaning, and guides the reader towards a better understanding of how to nurture love.

 

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Fall down the rabbit whole into an obscure and wonderful world, filled with strange creatures and backwards customs. Alice befriends animals and royalty alike in this fantastic tale.

 

6. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Travel back in time to this heart-wrenching story that brings the French Revolution to life through following the intertwined lives of Charles Darnay—an exiled French aristocrat—and Sydney Carton—a brilliant if crass lawyer—and the two mens’ love for Lucie Manette.

 

7. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Journey to the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, where young orphan Anne is sent to live with the Cuthberts to help-out on their farm. Throughout the series, you get to watch Anne grow from an imaginative young girl into a grateful mother of seven.

 

8. The Picture of Dorian Gray

Beauty without does not equate to beauty within, as evidenced by the story of Dorian Gray. Choosing to sell his soul for eternal youth and beauty, Gray becomes morally corrupted despite his angelic appearance. Beautiful and terrible, this novel will quickly become one of your favourites.   

 

9. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Search for the secret garden with Mary, as she grows up on the Craven estate. At first unloved and lonely, Mary finds friendship with Dickon and Colin, with whom she spends many adventurous afternoons in their beloved secret garden.

 

10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien  

Your thirst for adventure will be sparked after partaking in a quest with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey and their Dwarf companions. Be warned, you will be inspired to push your limits and leave your comfort zone as your reach the story’s denouement.

 

No matter where you like to adventure—Wonderland, Victorian England, or Prince Edward Island—each of these books is sure to transport you to a new world. We hope you enjoy each of these stories just as much as we do.

Whether you prefer absorbing a story on a page or on a screen, listening to an audio book or reading Braille, be sure to pay a visit to your local FYidoctors clinic to maintain healthy vision and make the most of your summer reading.

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