Nostalgic Summertime Reads & Giveaway by M. L. LeGette

Hi, all, Sher here with a guest post by Melissa L. LeGette to help find some summertime reading fun. Paul and I posted our favorites last year. You can find the preschool to grade 2 list here, and the grade 3-4 books are in this post. This summer I invited Melissa to share her favorites. Seems we’re birds of a feather in more than one way. Please check out her books and her bio once you’re done because she’s doing a giveaway of her latest book, The Orphan and the Thief! Without further ado (or delay), here’s Melissa:

The Nostalgic Summertime Reader

I grew up in a book family. There were books everywhere, but it still took me quite a long time to discover that books were more than just bound pieces of dusty paper. When I was a kid, I was a reluctant reader. Books often seemed more of a chore than a pleasure. Except in summer. When school was over and summer was in full blast, books magically turned into something different. They turned into something special.
Here are the five books that I always think about when the heat rolls in. Some are old classics, some are more recent and all of them are fabulous.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
One of my fondest childhood memories was my older sister taking me to the local library. Casie has always been all about reading and she’d prowl up and down the children’s aisles for her cherished favorites. I’d stumble out of the library, loaded down with volumes, their moldy scent filling my nostrils. The book that I loved the most from these visits was the first in Frank Baum’s classic Oz series. Casie was also a fabulous performer. I particularly enjoyed her reading aloud Ozma of Oz to the entire family one summer vacation.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
I again have my sister to thank for Matilda. We often vacationed at the beach when we were growing up and having a suitcase full of books was essential. I remember being quite bored until my sister whipped out Matilda and said, “I think you’ll like it.” I loved it.
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Ridiculous and off the wall, I adored the silly stories of Wayside. The first in the series was one I frequently took with me on summery trips.
Animorphs by Katherine Applegate
Animorphs sits in a special place in my heart because, as my reluctant reader self, this series was the first series that I discovered completely on my own. It engulfed me. I read them all the time – so much so that my older siblings teased me some times about the humans-morphing-into-animals book covers, but I didn’t care. I was in heaven.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The final book on my summer reading list goes to a particularly special series. The Harry Potter books are my favorite books to this day. I read the first during another beach vacation. In fact, the entire family read the book, taking turns with the only copy that we had. My mother had bought the first three (the fourth hadn’t been released yet) during that special vacation and by the time we were packing up to head home, I was on the third one … along with my father. Like I said, we only had one copy of each book, so to keep him from stealing it out of my suitcase, I fished it out myself and kept it glued to my chest the three-hour drive home. (I couldn’t read, you see, in the car. I’d get carsick. And I was not going to risk the possibility of not being able to continue reading the moment we reached our driveway.) I grew up with the Harry Potter books, patiently and sometimes not so patently, waiting for the next to be released, which often wonderfully happened in the summer.
What are your nostalgic summer reads? Or are you more of a wintery, hot cocoa sort of reader?
About M.L. LeGette
Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters—even if one happens to be a talking beer mug. Her books target children and teens, but adults of all ages have enjoyed them.

She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.

Published Works:

 (previously released as For The Kingdom)
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Thanks, Melissa. It was great to find out what you read to make ordinary summers seem extraordinary. Readers, I hope you’ll say thanks to Melissa and add to the list with your own favorite reads from when you were a child.
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  1. My favorite books as a kid were fairy tales. I loved the unknown ones best, especially those from other cultures (Maori, Native American, Gypsy, Japanese etc.)

  2. I love the voice in “The Orphan and the Thief.” Thanks Melissa. And I’m glad you loved the Harry Potter series. It’s what got me started writing in the first place.

    • Harry Potter pretty much saved my interest in reading. I give thanks to many books, but THAT series controlled my life. And thank you for the praise on my silly, little book.

  3. Visiting from the Kid LIt Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks Paul and Melissa for sharing some great books. If there were horses in them, then that’s what I read then. Nothing like “The Black Stallion” series. Thanks for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • I love horses, too! Well, not so much riding them, but I love them in books. I just realized that The Orphan and the Thief doesn’t have a horse in it. (It has a mule.) But my first two novels had perfectly, gorgeous horses that I really do wish I owned.

  5. My favorite books as a child were those “choose your own adventure” books. Do you remember those? Ah, good times 🙂

    Happy Friday!!

  6. I’m just rereading Matilda – such a great story :o)

    Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop.

  7. Just reading this list made me feel nostalgic. I grew up in a book family too and I’m so glad I did.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing your best nostalgic books. I have read only a couple of those, so I had better get to rectifying it. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit blog Hop and for a great giveaway.

  9. Great list! The favorites I remember are all the Marguerite Henry horse books and really silly kids sports stories. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Always love having you there!

  10. Great list – I’ve been trying to get my kids into the Animorphs, but there hasn’t been interest yet. I’m confident that one day my son will get into them. I have The Orphan and The Thief on my e-reader. I’ve got to get to that one! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂

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