Discuss: Summer Reads


For me, summer has always been all about the reading I can get done while the weather is nice. Back when I was in school, summer meant so many more free hours to lose myself in stories. I miss those late nights and lazy afternoons, but summer is still a time when I look forward to reading new books and getting excited about stories. Sure, that may happen all year round now, but summer still has something special about it.

Of course, it can be fun to read on the road while you’re traveling, and then lounge around in a fabulous new locale reading the next book on your list. But not all of us can take that fabulous vacation. For those of us who are stuck at home this summer, Publisher’s Weekly has compiled a list of books to read when you’re not travleing this summer. Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, has listed some of the books she is looking forward to reading this summer. I quite like this list and there are a few books here that I’m also interested in reading.

The first title mentioned on this list is In the Woods, by Tana French. I heard about this book about a year or so ago and I was intrigued. I found it at Half Price Books for very cheap, along with its sequel — The Likeness — and I have yet to read either of them. It’s been described as an eerie mystery, and I think that would be just the thing to read on a sweltering day when you’re stuck inside.

As a reader of the fantasy genre, I am also intrigued by Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link. It’s described as a collection of fantasy and light horror stories, which I think would be really interesting to read.

Going off the Publisher’s Weekly list for a moment now, what would you like to read this summer? Personally, I’m looking forward to reading some fantasy books, some mystery books, and some LGBT-related books this summer. On my list right now I have To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis, In the Woods by Tana French, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

What are you itching to read this summer? Share your list in the comments!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

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