We had an uninvited visitor over Memorial Day weekend: a 5-foot-long Black Rat snake (not poisonous, thank Goodness). On Sunday, we were all intrigued by the snake, since it hung out in the bushes at the edge of the yard. On Monday, we suddenly discovered that it was wrapped around the lattice of our deck, right below where we had just had lunch. Suddenly, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic anymore. These snakes lay their eggs in June, and now I am afraid we’re going to have lots of baby snakes under the deck. And every time I open the curtains in the morning, I half-expect the snake to be wrapped around the hibiscus tree I have next to the sliding door, waiting for me. This is nonsense, of course (I hope), but it got me thinking about finding book titles with snakes or serpents for June’s recommended reading.
I had to give up on that idea because most of the snake books are reference books for children. I did find one great non-fiction book title, though: Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery. I didn’t think I would ever see the word “Skulduggery” in a book title. Sadly, the book itself doesn’t appeal to me much. Since book titles proved to be a bust, I tried to come up with a few books in which snakes play a role—other than the Bible and Harry Potter. So here’s June’s recommended reading, brought to you by the snake:
- The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
- The Reptile Room, Lemony Snicket
- Anthony and Cleopatra, William Shakespeare
- The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
- The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis (suggested by Lori)
- Play It As It Lays, Joan Didion (suggested by Jaqui)
- Awakening, Sharon Bolton (suggested by Helen)
- Snake Ropes, Jess Richards (suggested by FictionFan)
- The Lost City of Z, David Grann (suggested by CJ)
- Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee (suggested by CJ)
Do you have a book to add to the list?