The number-one thing you have to read this summer if you haven't already is
The Passage, by Justin Cronin. Yes, it's a few years old. But. The sequel, The Twelve, is coming out in October and you want to be ready. I'm reading The Twelve right now (thank you, ARC fairy) and I'm telling you, you do not want to be behind on this! Get caught up now. A heart-stopping, gripping, can't-put-it-down post-apocalyptic literary treat, it's in paperback.
Read it with: a blanket and a decaffeinated beverage. You won't need anything to help keep you awake!
History of a Pleasure Seeker, Richard Mason's thinking-person's beach book about Gilded-Age Vienna and a social climber who will use his charms however he needs to, to get where he wants to go. Full of period detail, upstairs-downstairs shenanigans and more, it's fun.
Read it with: ice cream, in your favorite flavor, in a cone.
Enough About Love, by Herve le Tellier, is equally delightful. It recounts a series of interlocking love stories among a smart set of modern-day Parisians.
Read it with: a buttery, flaky croissant
Read it with: your grocery list handy!
Cooking with Fernet Branca, a laugh-out-loud romp through the Italian countryside with a bumbling Englishman and his enigmatic, hilarious neighbor.
Read it with: arancini from the Lonely Planet cookbook and some prosecco.
The Lost City of Z, the story of Percy Fawcett's last and mysterious trek into the Amazon, and the many attempts made over the years to find him. I guarantee it will make you very thankful for things like citronella candles and screened-in porches! It's a great, fascinating page-turner that you'll learn a lot from, too.
Read it with: a nice thick sandwich.
There are so many great books that are perfect for summer reading. Mysteries, bestsellers, romances, science fiction, what have you. What are some of your favorites? Tell me in the comments.
Tomorrow, find out what I'll be reading in the warm weather to come and share your picks, too.