Summertime: The blessed season when the world slows down just enough for busy people to find some time to relax. Can you imagine anything more wonderful than lying in the warm sun with a good book, cocktail in hand?
As you head to the pool, the lake, or the beach for some much needed R&R this summer, here are a few books we recommend you bring along to keep you entertained:
Anticipated New Release:
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Go Set a Watchman will be the first novel from famed author Harper Lee since To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. It will serve as a quasi-sequel to Mockingbird, taking place 20 years later and featuring a fully grown Scout Finch, though Watchman was actually written first (and subsequently shelved) when Lee decided to take the story in a different direction. The manuscript was thought to be lost or destroyed until a close friend of Lee’s reportedly found it in her archives last fall. Slated for a July 14th release, Watchman is one of the most anticipated book releases of the year, though some are skeptical of the 88-year-old author’s involvement in the project; critics aren’t certain she approved the book’s release in sound mind. The novel will be published exactly how it was written in the mid-1950’s with no revisions.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr’s ambitious World War II era novel has managed to keep hold of a top five spot on the New York Times Best Seller List since it’s release a year ago. If that wasn’t enough reason to go pick up a copy, the novel just took home this year’s coveted Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Seriously, you should have read this book by now but if you haven’t, we suggest making your way to your nearest bookseller STAT.
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
We’ve all heard of the Titanic, but how many of us have heard of the Lusitania? Dead Wake recounts the story of an ocean liner that sank after being struck by a German torpedo on its voyage to England from New York, killing 1,198 people onboard. These events transpired on May 7th, 1915, making today the 100th anniversary of the sinking. Written by Pulitzer nominated journalist and author Erik Larson, we’d hardly call Dead Wake a light read, but it’s an important look into the changing rules of war and a haunting examination of a forgotten tragedy.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Ah, Hemingway, the bad boy of early 20th century literature. If you plan on ticking a classic novel or two off of your reading list while relaxing at the beach this summer, anything Hemingway is a good bet: His characters spend most of their time drinking, lounging, loving, fighting, and drinking some more. The Sun Also Rises is arguably one of Hemingway’s best, featuring an American journalist and his rowdy crew of friends as they travel to Spain to watch the running of the bulls at the Festival of San Fermin.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Calling all Gone Girl lovers: This is the book for you this summer! Part thriller, part unreliable mystery, The Girl on the Train follows Rachel, an alcoholic who’s reached rock bottom, as she becomes tangled up in a dangerous missing persons case. Sure to have more than a few page turning plot twists, we can not imagine a better book for a day at the beach.
Work & Creativity
How to Fly a Horse by Kevin Ashton
This book is not a how-to guide for levitating large domesticated animals (or is it?), but rather a historical look at creativity and invention. Author Kevin Ashton, successful entrepreneur and technology pioneer at MIT, takes readers on a journey through mankind’s greatest creative breakthroughs in order to uncover the surprising truth about creative people and what drives them.
We want to hear from you! Have you read any of these books yet? What’s on your summer reading list? Start a discussion in the comments!