Summer is here! And with it comes the sweaty, sticky, but also wonderfully sunny days of laze. Even if your summer is a busy one, the idea of the season alone is enough to make you want to cut work and hit the park with a book. Whether your hunkering down on work, morphing into a summer travel nomad, or anything in-between, chances are you’ll want a book under your arm at some point along the way. When the sun is shining and the leisure time strikes – be ready with the right read!
Here to help you choose, we’ve rounded up some new releases (and soon to be released) for every kind of summer reader. What’s your type?
The Hard Worker
That nine to five grid demands a book that is equally challenging and rewarding. Plus with all those extra espresso shots throughout your day, you’re likely to be revved up and ready for something uniquely rich. Your Read? Conrad and Eleanor by Jane Rogers.
Conrad and Eleanor are hard workers too: Conrad’s transgenic monkey heart research is plateauing while Eleanor’s career in stem cell research is skyrocketing. But something is out of whack – Conrad is tired of having the lesser of two careers, Eleanor’s wandering eye and infidelity lead to questions around their daughter’s parentage, accusations of murder – it only gets harrier and more scientific.
The Hardly Working
This summer you intend to laze out on your recliner sipping inordinate amounts of lemonade (as you should) and you deserve an equally relaxing snag-free story to guide your leisure. Your read? Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins.
Perkins’ collection sources stories from twelve incredible young adult writers, including Leigh Bardugo, Cassandra Clare and Jon Skovron. Dream of summer flings and walks along the beach all from the comfort of your recliner with these topical stories.
The Kerouac Road Tripper
If what you have in mind this summer is the wild soul-barrelling freedom of the open road and worlds beyond your backyard, you’ll need an enthralling book to match your trip (in more than one sense of the word). Your read? The Girls by Emma Cline.
At first glance the read orbits around the turmoil of adolescence – stealing merchandise and looks from older men, running recklessly through town with a brigade of torouble-making girls – but drawn out to a larger scope, the story centers around something more sinister. The ‘girls’ refer to the cult devotess entrenched in the world of Charles Manson. It’s a heavy read, with daunting twists that might make you want to revoke your wild Kerouac ways. It’s recieved high praise by The New Yorker and The Paris Review, and compared to Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad as well as Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides.
With spring comes rain and pink buds, but with summer comes nature untamed, floral scents unbound, and a renewed allergy prescription. In line with this summer lushness, it’s time to channel your inner Thoreau. Your read? Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler.
Weaving through the story of a young girl who loves to climb is the beautiful scenery of a Japanese village. Engulfed in civil war, Risuko, also known as ‘squirrel’ is faced with a Mulan-style mission to help save her town. This story is great for younger readers and YA fans.
The Detox Guru
Maybe summer isn’t the time for a wild rampage with perilous plot twists. Instead, it’s a time to regroup, find your center, and get a grip before fall. Your read? aThe Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life by Dzigar Kongtrül.
Nothing brings back center like the practices of Tibetan Buddhist monks. It’s focus on empathy, mindfulness and kindness weaves together a lovely and simple practice to guide a peaceful summer. It cultivates a mental state of the most transformative kind, and is sure to have you feeling relaxed and renewed come September.
The Beach Bum
As many of you know, this year marks the Bard’s 400 year anniversary. To celebrate, a number of authors are collaborating with Hogarth Books to recreate some Shakespearean classics. The Vinegar Girl is a modern take on The Taming of the Shrew. No it’s not the screen play for the film adaption 10 Things I Hate About You, but it is a witty poke at Shakespeare’s timeless classic, marked by contemporary dialogue surrounding academia and immigration. Author Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer who creates a wry irresistible retelling of a beloved comedy.
The Sun-Loathing Lobster
You can’t wait for summer to be over. The sun has burned you once again, and you’ve been forced to resign yourself to the shadows of your house with a bottle of aloe nestled against your peeling side. To help draw you even further away from the outside perils of the season, you need to transport yourself to endless literary worlds (preferably with plenty of shade). Your read? Get in Trouble by Kelly Link.
Strange, exciting, unsettling– these are the kinds of stories to take you away from the physical uncomfortability of a sun burn and whisk you off to the imaginary uncomfortably of worlds unknown. If you can’t get out of the house, this book will do the job for you, transporting you via spaceships and the Yellow Brick Road to haunted houses, the pyramids, and – why not – a nudist colony. These are just a few places you’ll tavel with Links, and the tokens of her imagination are endless. Perk: this is her first collection for adults in over a decade. We should all feel blessed.
If you bulldoze through this read and the Links adoration continues, we’d recommend trying an earlier title, The Summer People, a short story collection published in 2015.
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