What’s the definition of a great “summer read”?
By Amanda on July 13th, 2011
Summer is a great time to catch up on your reading, but with so many books to choose from and so few weeks to read them all, how to do choose which ones make it to your summer reading list? Do you use summer as a time to catch up on those “beach reads” you’ve been hoarding? Or do you finally hunker down and plow through that stack of classic literature you meant to read years ago?
It’s a question that New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof tackled in a recent piece, where he shared a list of “mindful page-turners” – stories that are as riveting as any “beach read,” but have stood the test of time. All Quiet on the Western Front, Les Miserables, and The Grapes of Wrath all made the list, as did Germinal, a book that appears in the Bookprints of Kristof and Daniel Radcliffe on You Are What You Read.
Personally, I can’t picture myself lugging a copy of The Grapes of Wrath to the beach (maybe if it was on an e-reader), but I agree that a great book is a great book, no matter what time of year you read it. Fellow OOMer Morgan rereads The Age of Innocence every summer, and I have a bookshelf full of weighty nonfiction titles just begging for a long plane ride. What books are on your summer reading stack?