Books that epitomize summer

Alexandra Wladich  //  May 24, 2016

Books that epitomize summer

The weather is getting warmer and we have summer “on our minds” (pun intended!). To celebrate the start of the season we wanted to share the books that most remind us of summer. From thrillers to picture books, here are our summer picks:

Brittany: My idea of the perfect summer book is a quick-read fiction thriller! Something that I can read on a plane ride or on the beach and completely lose myself in. Check out You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz or The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins!

Alex: I agree with Brittany. Books that epitomize summer are those thrillers you just can’t put down until you are done!  For me those books are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell. I still remember reading both books at the beach and racing to finish them as the sun went down and the tide came in. 

Megan:The Great Gatsby for its lavish summer parties!

Anushka: While they make terrible beach and/or airplane reads, every summer I try to finish a book from George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series (which is the series Game of Thrones is based on). This year it’s book three – A Storm of Swords.

Gina: For me, it’s a genre of books that remind me of summer: juicy celebrity tell-alls. I love to read them on the beach. They’re so easy to get through and always HIGHLY entertaining. Which I guess is why, in the same vein, I love to re-read Valley of the Dolls, specifically while on summer vacation. My paperback copy is so warped from wind, sand, and water.

Julia: This summer I’ll be reading Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills. My 4 year-old daughter loves Duck & Goose books, and she loves going to the beach, but she gets a little nervous about going in the ocean. In this book there’s a fun part where big waves crash over Duck and Goose, which they don’t like, but they’re ok. We like to read this part in a noisy and silly way, and we talk about it later when we go to the beach (where, by the way, we never let waves crash on her!)

Gianna: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Whenever I think of summer I think of the cover of this book. It is a postcard picture of a coastal Italian town. The rich blue of the water and sky, the colorful buildings and the hillside always gives me serious wanderlust.