For certain readers, summer vacation offers the time to dive deep into a big blockbuster, a bonkbuster, a mystery series, or a Great Book (Tolstoy, Dickens, George Eliot, maybe?). For others, the best summer reading is aimless – the kind that gives you that lovely feeling of discovering something new and delightful by happenstance. If you read a lot generally, a book you can just open and browse might be the most relaxing book of all. Read a page or two, set the book down again, and reflect. There’s no stress to this kind of reading, no goal – which is precisely why it’s perfect for lazy days at the beach, on the porch, in the hammock – or simply in bed.
If the idea of reading aimlessly appeals to you, may we suggest three books that offer short bursts of excellent prose and poetry.
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