Summer Reading List

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There is nothing better than a fresh reading list for the summer. The days are longer and most of us have more free time to spend with books. Since the end of the spring semester, I have enjoyed reading on the front porch, on the beach, on the dock, and buried under the covers in my room with the window pushed open on nice evenings. I’ve even been reading in the tub.

I’ve come up with a dream summer reading list. Some I have read, others I still look forward to. Most of the books on the list capture the essence of summer. Some are fast-paced, will-not-put-it-down-until-its-finished types. But most of all, I chose books that are enjoyable reads that are perfect for long, hot days. So, make like Rory Gilmore this summer and have a book on hand wherever you may go. Here’s the list!

Classics
1. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Magus by John Fowles
4. The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
5. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
6. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust (the entire thing!)

Contemporary
7. The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont
8. Atonement by Ian McEwan
9. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
10. The Vacationers by Emma Straub
11. Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan

Poetry
12. Selected Poems, 1946-1985 by James Merrill
13. Anything by John Keats

Biography
14. Art Lover: A Biography of Peggy Guggenheim by Anton Gill
15. Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
16. American Empress: The Life and Times of Marjorie Merriweather Post by Nancy Rubin

Non-Fiction
17. Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan
18. Lean In: For Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
19. Jane Austen’s England by Lesley Adkins
20. Ham Biscuits, Hostess Gowns, and Other Southern Specialties by Julia Reed
21. The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film & Television by Pamela Wojcik

Need more? The Guardian has a great list of summer reads.

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