Not quite sure how it happened, but summer appears to be right around the corner, and that means it’s time to starting compiling your Escape-cation Summer Reading List.
All signs are pointing to a long, hot summer, and the rules for summer reading are the same as summer survival: keep it light, layers are good, and remember to hydrate.
Whether you’re hitting the beach, the dock, or the backyard deck, the key to summer reading is to leave the heavy stuff for fall. For keeping-it-light beach/dock/deck reading try these:
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: Over-indulged and dysfunctional, four siblings confront the fear of losing their long-depended-upon inheritance. A well-written story, regardless of the fact that you might want to punch the characters in the head at times.
Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborn Johnson: A reclusive author forced to write a book or face destitution, her eccentric, impeccably dressed, socially misfit nine-year-old son Frank, and Alice, who is sent by the publisher to keep the author on track and who is set on unraveling the mysteries behind the unconventional household.
My own Keeping-It-Light TBR list contains:
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani. According to Goodreads: “A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South. Part scandalous love story, part heartbreaking family drama… a vivid, propulsive novel about sex, love, family, money, class, home, and horses, …” Sounds like it pretty much covers everything.
The Assistants by Camille Perri. “A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.” A little light research for my
future embezzlement schemes, I mean, a little light reading.
In fiction as in fashion, layers are always a good idea: you can’t read the same genre all the time. For a side-order of sci-fi, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic adventure, I highly recommend:
The Fold by Peter Clines: A sci-fi thriller about the invention of a teleportation machine that folds time and space. The device is deemed “perfectly safe!” so what could possibly go wrong?
The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan: Coming out in July, this is the first book in Ryan’s Draconis Memoria series. Political intrigue, treachery on the high seas, jungle exploration and dragons!
City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin: The third and final book in Cronin’s Passage trilogy (if you haven’t done so already, go read The Passage and The Twelve.) A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the post-apocalyptic viral world.
On my Keeping-It-Layered TBR list:
Horns by Joe Hill: From Goodreads: “Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.” Highly recommended by a friend, this horror thriller by Stephen King’s son was made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe. I’m intrigued.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab: “Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds… Grey London, dirty, boring, lacking magic, Red London, where life and magic are revered, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, and the never spoken of Black London… perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn.” Because magic, London, and peril.
Finally, one must stay hydrated, especially since these last three recommendations will have you leaking copious amounts of fluid from the eye ducts…
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: A three hanky read, this one is being made into a movie which I will not be seeing anytime soon because there is only so much crying a girl can take. I’m not one for tear-jerkers, but this book was well-written, and a good cry can be therapeutic sometimes.
Me And Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Another book made into a movie, another keep-the-tissues-handy, but this one is also very funny. I loved this book. I read it in one day and wanted to re-read it the next day. Andrews has a new book out called The Haters, about some kids at jazz camp, which looks to be equally well-written and humorous.
On my Keeping-It-Hydrated TBR list:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. We’re reading this one for book club, and while a book by a dying neurosurgeon would not normally make it to the top of my must-read list (see above re: tear-jerkers) I have been assured that not only is this a fantastic book, it is also more about life than death. I’m only sixteen pages in, but already I’m hooked.
What’s on your Summer Reading List?