Your Summer Reading Pile Is About to Get a Whole Lot Bigger

Editor on June 04, 2018


Sometimes, when you spend your days buried in piles of books—mostly figuratively but occasionally literally—you end up asking yourself rhetorical, sometimes unimportant questions. Like this: Is there such thing as "seasonal reading"? That is, do we choose our reading material based on the time of year, or the weather? In this case, the question is obvious, almost inane. Of course we do!

If fall is the time for appreciating li-truh-choo r, then summer is the time many of us turn to lighter fare. But it's not necessarily about giving your brain a break, but giving yourself the permission to read whatever you want. That could mean a gripping thriller poolside, narrative nonfiction for the flight out of Dodge, or a heartwarming novel for a mid-summer staycation. Yes, it could even be literature.

So, in the spirit of this season, we've collected suggestions for great summer reads in fiction, beach reads, and new paperbacks, for those who like to read with a book in one hand and a piña colada in the other. You might even find something for the kids. Just don't let them read in the back seat while you're on a road trip.

Literature & Fiction

The Lido by Libby Page
We Begin Our Ascent by Joe Mungo Reed
The Other Woman by Daniel Silva

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Beach Reads

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand
When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard by Paul Collins

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New in Paperback

The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel by Liv Constantine
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History by Kurt Andersen

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