We asked on Facebook: What’s on the top of your summer reading list? And what do you consider the best beach read?
“Summer Sisters” by Judy Blume (adult). I read it every summer. Great beach read you won’t want to put down!
– Jennifer Winfrey Nelsen
Elin Hilderbrand writes a summer-themed book every year.
– Amanda Reay Blanda
“The Lost City of the Monkey God.”
– John Timothy
“Don’t Stop the Carnival.”
– Dwight Andrews
Beach reads should be either fun/humorous novels or fast-paced thrillers. We have some great local authors. How about “Texas Style Justice” by Susan P. Baker or “Murder in the One Percent” by Saralyn Jacobson Richard!
– Shannon Huse Caldwell
“Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home” by Natalie Goldberg, to be released June 5. Anything she writes is an awakener.
– Janet Cohen
Just finished “Flat Broke with Two Goats: A Memoir.” Very vivid. Now I’m reading “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez.
– Belinda Reyes Sandoval
“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
– Karen Barbier
Is it bad form to re-read? Hoping not, as I love to revisit books enjoyed in the past. If I’m ambitious, I’ll tackle “The Raj Quartet” by Paul Scott, and if I’m trending toward lazy (and I think I am), it’ll be “Love for Lydia” by H.E. Bates. Best beach read is hard to say — whatever it is, it has to beat the heat and that’s a tall order!
– Holly Thorson
An anthology of short stories by Irish writer William Trevor.
– John Cragar
“The Thorn Birds.”
– Keisha May Heck