Required Reading: Summer Novels
Remember the old days, before you stayed up too late refreshing your Facebook feed, or marathon-watching Orange Is the New Black? Remember books?
This summer, curl up under the sheets, hunker under a beach towel, or crawl into a flower bed with a book off our required reading list. Catch up on an old classic, or dive into a literary vacation.
1. Too Busy for a Vacation: The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Escape to Mallorca with this sparkling summer read from the author of Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures. The Post family’s vacation dramas are subtle and emotionally charged in a book that’s breezy enough for the beach, but magical and engaging enough to keep . You won’t want to leave them until they’ve made it safely to their return flight.
2. Classic for a Reason: Ulysses by James Joyce
Sure, you made it out of high school and college without reading this one, but a long, hot summer is the perfect time to take the longest walk of your life through Dublin with Leopold Bloom. Bonus: Keep your mind from turning to mush in the heat with Joyce’s linguistic acrobatics.
3. Up All Night: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
If you haven’t read this by now, what are you waiting for? This complex thriller is packed with twists and turns that will have you up wondering who did what and why. This is one of those books that’s easy to finish in a few hours. It’s the perfect thing to read in bed, but you won’t be able to sleep even after the story’s resolved.