Summer is a great time for reading. There’s no intellectual pressure to read something literary like there is in the fall. In summer, the only goal is to relax and immerse yourself in another world. Today, we wanted to share a few of our favorite summer reads with you…
This summer, I’m reading… I just read The Luckiest Girl Alive, I just finished it, I found it really well written, pretty sharp and made me think about the ideals of American girls. As it gets darker it kind of loses its bite, but it’s definitely a good summer page turner.
But my all-time favorite summer read is… A long, never ending book that I can carry with me everywhere and that will remind me of that particular summer each time I look at it. I have the most vivid memories of diving into The Mists Of Avalon from Marion Zimmer bradley when I was 15 and it’s unforgettable, the tale of the quest for the Graal told through the point of view of the women. Same with 100 years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, you can never forget how this book makes you feel. Trying to think of more like this, I know there has been… Summer is great for erotic reading too, have you ever read Venus Erotica from Anais Nin? Last but not least, I always re read some Françoise Sagan. She’s wonderful.
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… Play !!! I actually don’t read a lot at the beach, when I am at the beach I transform into a Labrador, as crazy and noisy and I just want to play with who ever’s ready. I also splash and will put sand on your sandwich, but it’s just because I’m so excited !
This summer, I’m reading… Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. Last summer I read Dance Dance Dance and fell in love with Murakami’s writing!
But my all-time favorite summer read is… So cliché but anything by Joan Didion. I fly through her books, especially in the summer. I think I’ve read almost everything she’s written by this point… Two of my favorites are A Year of Magical Thinking and Democracy.
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… Listen to podcasts! I’m waiting for the second season of serial but, while I’m waiting for that, I’ve been listening to This American Life, Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin and Radio Cherry Bombe!
This summer, I’m reading… Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen, which is the biggest trip and a great comment on where the digital age is talking us, and Open, the Andre Agassi autobiography — it’s an easy breezy read that’s got my inspired.
But my all-time favorite summer read is… a tough choice between Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion and Bryce Courtenay’s Jessica. No, wait — it has to be 100 Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez!!
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… am probably zoning out to music — right now it’s Real Estate or Tallest Man On Earth on repeat. Or I’m making a long-distance call back home to a friend in Australia.
This summer, I’m reading… About to start The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. Emily passed it on to me and it sounds fantastic.
But my all-time favorite summer read is… Tender Is the Night — anything by Fitzgerald, actually!
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… Plug into my phone and listen to summer R&B tunes.
This summer, I’m reading… Submergence by JM Ledgard (Coffee House Press)
But my all-time favorite summer read is… The Master & Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… Take a a good mixtape, play MASH, or listen to Old Time Radio Mystery Theatre podcast.
This summer, I’m reading… My Instagram comments.
This summer, I’m reading… Always Pack a Party Dress by Amanda Brooks and How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Caroline de Maigret et al. Depending on my mood, I switch between the two. Normally in the morning I read Anne Berest’s book for a little style and attitude inspiration and Amanda Brooks’ book while laying in the park or escaping the heat at a bar in the East Village.
But my all-time favorite summer read is… The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
When I don’t feel like taking a book to the beach, I… Turn on Reggae music on my boyfriend’s portable speaker, build drip sand castles or dig around for sand crabs. (Total kid at heart!)
What’s on your summer reading list?