6 Great Reads for New England Summer Adventures

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New England is famous for its leaves in Autumn, but in my opinion there is no better season than summer.

It’s warm, but not too hot. It’s a quick drive to go between the beach and the mountains. Seafood shacks and ice cream stands abound.

In full disclosure I grew up there, so I’m biased.

However I haven’t lived there in almost 20 years, and I still make sure to go back every July. Whether you’re going to New England this summer, or just doing some armchair travel you’ll enjoy these books from each of the six New England states for your reading pleasure.


The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King – The Maine woods are lovely, dark, and deep, but they also have teeth as Trisha McFarland finds in this super creepy Stephen King book. If you’re going hiking in Maine this summer, I suggest you read this one after you get back.


Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner – The story of the friendship between two married couples. This book was written in 1987, but it reads like a decades old classic. This book would be perfect for whiling away a lazy summer afternoon.

New Hampshire

A Separate Peace by John Knowles — The quintessential boarding school book. It’s World War II, and boys are coming of age at a school in New Hampshire. You probably read this in high school, and it’s worth reading again.


The Outermost House by Henry Beston — The Cape Cod I know is filled with clam shacks and ice cream stands. Henry Beston, a post World War I naturalist, spent a year there and gave me a whole different view.

Rhode Island

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri — Such a wonderful story. You’ll feel like you’re actually there. Jhumpa Lahiri never disappoints.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – I listened to this in the car for the kids, but ended up getting totally wrapped up in the story. Set in colonial Connecticut, this book is a heart stopping account of a friendship between an orphan from Barbados and an old Quaker woman. It won the Newbery Medal, and you’ll see why.

What are your favorite New England reads?

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