I love lists. I love reading them, making them and crossing things off of them. Apparently I am not alone, as every magazine and media outlet has published lists of recommended summer reading. We library folk also have plenty of suggestions, from this year’s 10 One Read finalists to our lists of groundbreaking works of fiction and nonfiction. Here are some other ideas for books to pack in your suitcase or relax with in your backyard hammock.
NPR asked independent booksellers for their favorite reads for the season, and the result is a quirky mix that includes funny and touching stories of middle- and advanced age (Elinor Lipman’s “The View from Penthouse B” and Jill McCorkle’s “Life After Life“), as well as some promising debuts, like the suspenseful historical fiction “The Other Typist” by Suzanne Rindell.
Salon.com looks for this year’s “Gone Girl” and provides a summer reading list that avoids run-of-the-mill thrillers and instead names novels that find “the sweet spot where literary quality mingles freely with crackerjack storytelling.” Try Joe Hill’s “NOS4A2,” or for some real-life thrills, pick up Mitchell Zuckoff’s nonfiction work “Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival, and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II.”
What books are in your beach bag?