Lists, lists, lists (but never “listicles,” shudder) – the summer book lists are rolling in! What should you check out this summer?
The Boston Globe‘s “Suggested Summer Books”: The 30 books on this list are divided into categories: “first novels,” “true tales,” “heavy hitters of fiction,” “the literary talkers,” “classics new and old,” and “it happened to them.” There’s a good mix of the usual suspects (David McCullough, Oliver Sacks, Stephen King, Alice Hoffman) and some fresh voices.
USA Today’s 25 Hot Books for Summer: This list is organized by publication date, and includes title, author, publisher, “What it’s about” and “Why it’s hot.”
The Miami Herald, “This Summer’s Reading List: The Essentials”: Also organized by publication date, with a sentence or two of info about each book.
PopSugar’s “26 of the Hottest New Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer”: 26 may sound like a lot but it’s much more manageable than the L.A. Times‘ 136 (see below). This list is mainly “romantic beach reads,” so if that describes your perfect book, this list is for you! Personally, I can recommend Lisa Lutz’s How to Start a Fire (though I wouldn’t call it a romantic beach read, actually; Lutz is also the author of The Spellman Files detective novels and has a witty, wicked sense of humor). And I’m looking forward to the new Judy Blume novel, In the Unlikely Event.
Bustle offers “17 of the Best Books of Summer 2015”: And there’s Judy Blume again! (Some of us are just a tiny bit excited.)
Esquire’s Summer Reading List: Just like the high school reading lists, except “Packed with sex, drugs, and digital wormholes. Also: mistaken identities.” So, not like that at all, really. These nine titles are slightly more off the beaten path, though you may recognize a few of the authors, like Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and novelist/screenwriter Vendela Vida.
The L.A. Times Summer Reading Guide: 136 Books You’ll Want to Read: I don’t know what they’re putting in the water in L.A. – wait, do they have any water left? Maybe it’s the dehydration talking – but 136 books is an awful lot for just under three months. Fortunately, the list is divided into categories: fiction, page-turners, non-fiction, kids, lifestyle, and audiobooks. (What does calling one category “page-turners” imply about the books in the other categories? Always with the labels, L.A.)
Publishers Weekly Best Summer Books 2015: PW offers its 2015 picks, and if you aren’t able to get your hands on any of those, they helpfully include links to past years’ lists. The great thing about fiction – and even a lot of nonfiction – is that it doesn’t age rapidly. A great novel in 2012 is a great novel in 2015 too!
NPR’s book guru (and librarian’s librarian) Nancy Pearl offers “Beyond the Bestsellers: Under-the-Radar Reads”: While everyone else is still waiting for The Girl on the Train, you could be enjoying one of these.
There’s plenty of overlap between these lists – particularly Finders Keepers by Stephen King, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, and Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – but there are titles unique to each list too.
What are you planning to read this summer?