Between swim lessons, barbecues, and beach trips, busy social calendars can make summer feel like it’s quickly slipping away. There’s no better way to slow down the clock for an afternoon than by spending the day with a good book. With reading-focused social networking websites like Goodreads and bibliophile blogs like Every Book and Cranny, there’s plenty of ways to discover which book to pick up next. We’ve compiled our list list of summer must-reads below, but we’d love to hear from you. Share your top picks in the comments!
All the Light We Cannot See
This New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize tells the story of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl, and Werner, a German orphan, whose paths collide in occupied France during World War II. Through a beautifully woven and haunting narrative that took Doerr 10 years to craft, this book explores the inherent human desire to be good, even when the world seems to suggest otherwise.
The Girl on the Train
Rachel has become envious of the couple she started to observe from the window of her commuter train. Every morning she watches the couple (dubbed “Jess and Jason”) enjoy breakfast together, living in a dream-like existence Rachel can only experience vicariously. But one day the fantasy she built around these strangers is shattered by something she witnesses, and what happens next enmeshes her in their world in ways she never imagined.
Tiny Little Thing
It’s the summer of 1966, and life is looking good for Christina Hardcastle, nicknamed Tiny by her family. Her husband, Frank, seems destined for the Senate in November, and her poise and elegance make her the perfect camera-ready spouse for the TV era.
But just as they’re settling in to enjoy time at the family’s estate in Cape Cod, Tiny is greeted by three unexpected—and unwelcome—surprises: her volatile sister Pepper; an envelope containing incriminating photographs from her past; and Caspian, Frank’s cousin and war hero, who knows seems to know more about Tiny than anyone else. As Tiny struggles to maintain her own flawless image, she begins to suspect that her husband might be hiding a secret of his own—one that might unravel both of their existences.
The Country of Ice Cream Star
In this post-apocalyptic literary epic, author Sandra Newman explores a future where tribes of children and teens struggle to survive before succumbing to a disease called Posies, a plague that has managed to kill generations of people by the time they reach age 20. When Ice Cream Star’s brother begins to show signs of the disease, she decides to set off on a bold and dangerous journey to see if the rumors of a cure are actually true.