In anticipation of abundant outdoor leisure time, we tend to be overly ambitious in our summer reading goals. Realistically, most of us will be lucky to finish one book, let alone two or three. How do you go about choosing the perfect beach companion? To help, I’ve made the ultimate summer reading list, culled from magazines and websites.
Personally, I hope to finish “Can’t and Won’t,” the latest short story collection by Lydia Davis, before Independence Day. Davis manages to be profound and succinct; some of her short stories are just a few sentences. You can devour them between sips of iced green tea. What I’ll pick up next is anyone’s guess, but I’m taking inspiration from these awesome lists. Here’s to a summer of blissful reading!
Books to Read Before They’re Movies, because the book is usually better.
For the young or young at heart: NPR’s A Diverse #SummerReading List For Kids.
The Best New Books For Your Career. These career-oriented books are the perfect way to plan your next big move while relaxing on the beach.
You can get cracking on what might be the best books of the year, following The Millions: Most Anticipated Books of 2014.
Finally, summer reading for the cool girls. Hint: Includes the new 33 1/3rd, Liz Phair edition.
Artwork by Natalie. Thanks Jessamy and Linda for your additions.