Sometimes I find it is nice to read a book that somehow reflects the season, or maybe a festival or just the time of year. It’s perhaps in the forefront of my mind as we’ve just slipped into April which makes it the perfect time to re-read The Enchanted April which is just about the happiest book I’ve ever read. Very spring-like. Sometimes I like to read books that are deliberately opposed to the season, like reading books about the Arctic in the height of summer (which, let’s face it, is not very high in UK). Sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of a prompt about what to read next, something that feels ‘fitting’.
It’s amazing how many books there are out there which are set in a specific place in time, and I thought it would be nice to share some ideas of books written by women writers that reflect a time or season so if you’re struggling for an idea of what to read next, and want to increase your quota of books written by women, hopefully this might give you a few ideas.
The Two Faces of January by Patricia Highsmith
February by Lisa Moore
Middlemarch by George Eliot (so called as it’s the middle of the next March by the time you’ve finished it...but it’s well worth the effort).
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Armin
Frost in May by Antonia White
Henry and June by Anais Nin (ha ha. Yes, I cheat)
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
August Folly by Angela Thirkell
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen
A Week in October by Elizabeth Subercaseaux
Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
The Warmest December by Berenice L McFadden
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Summer by Edith Wharton
Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym
The Winter Book by Tove Jansson (yep, there she is again)
Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson (and again)