Starting sometime in grade school and extending well into college, summer has always been designated as my season to read. I blame the Harry Potter series. They were usually released some time in the summer. I definitely remember the summer nights dedicated to reading both the fourth book and the seventh book. Of course, there are other reasons why people love reading in the summer. You just can't beat reading outside in the sunshine; although for me, being the pale creature that I am, that also means being covered from head to toe in SPF 50.
I feel it's common to hear a book exulted as the perfect summer read usually because it's light and breezy, much like the season itself. While I don't know if any of these will be "the perfect summer read", they have each been on my incredibly long to-read list for some time.
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg: If you haven't heard about this one yet, you will soon. Sandberg, the current COO at Facebook, writes about what it's like to be a woman in business and tech industries. Its tagline (which is so far very fitting) is "Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."
A Separate Peace by John Knowles: Look at that brooding cover! I have a confession; I read this when in eighth grade. I have decided, though, that it is time for a reread. It's definitely one of my favorite novels.
The Pale King by David Foster Wallace: No, not The King in Yellow. No thanks. I have seen enough of True Detective to know that I don't want to read that particular book. I have no idea what to expect with The Pale King though. Knowing David Foster Wallace, it will most likely be amazing.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley: Because if you don't read something about King Arthur during the summer months, your summer has been wasted.
Any thoughts on these selections?
What are you reading this summer?