What Book Are You Spending Your Summer With?
We asked a few of our favorite book people to tell us about the reads they’re spending the summer with. Check out their answers for some great recommendations, and don’t forget to share your picks in the comments!
“I have a vacation coming up at the end of the month, and the book I’m most looking forward to reading is Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland. I’ve loved Sittenfeld’s previous books, especially her debut novel Prep. Her writing is always smart and accessible. She’s literary, but her style feels effortless. It’s a non-guilty pleasure!”
“I always send people looking for a summer read to Jenny Han’s amazing summer series, to Sarah Dessens’s The Truth About Forever, magic books that capture the season like fireflies in a jar. To hark way back, Louisa May Alcott did it beautifully in Jack and Jill when she took her characters to the beach so her heroine could heal. My favorite book this year was He’s Gone by Deb Caletti, who writes amazing YA books.”
“I’m looking forward to Charlaine Harris’ Dead Ever After with mixed feelings. I’m eager to read the 13th Sookie Stackhouse novel because I love this series and the fantastic — in all senses of the word — universe that Charlaine created. I’m also sad the series is ending. It’s safer to read about supes outside in the bright sunlight.”
“I’m now well into Bad Monkey, the latest piece of insanity from Carl Hiaasen. It’s too risky to read poolside. One’s likely to fall off one’s deck chair from laughter. You could fall into the pool and drown. Some people consider Hiaasen a comic thriller writer, but I seem him as America’s greatest satirical novelist, who just happens to write about knuckleheads who break the law. But Hiaasen’s never just trying to be funny. He’s got something to say about the state of the nation, and we’d be wise to listen.”
“I just finished The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult, which was a tragic glimpse into the Holocaust, and now I’m eager to start Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead. I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages. Richelle Mead writes some of the hottest kissing scenes around, so that alone should make it a great poolside read!”
What book are you spending your summer with?
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