Summer Reading List: Books for Adults, Summer 2017

Summer is most definitely upon us. And there's, for many of us, some slow, beautifully languorous hours ahead: on a plane, in a hammock, on a beach towel, or an exotic stay-cation on our living room couch. For bibliophiles and escapists and readers of all shapes and sizes, summer is a great time to read.

There are some amongst us (self included) who always found a special kind of contentment in summer reading programs (free pizza and stickers for reading copious volumes of dog-eared juvenile fiction fare— I might still have some of those “reward” pencils somewhere…*cough* hoarder* what?* Too, there are some of us, hanging out in the universe, who always read things on the “Ivy League” and “Advanced Placement” lists as teenagers. There are some of us for whom lists are comforting, summer more so, books everything: and the combination of all of the above? Magical.

At any rate, for those who like or love words and/or stories, summer 2017 is upon us. If you're fortunate enough to be a beach/lake cottage vacationer with time to read; or, if you're going to just pretend like you are, in between double-shifts, well, it's Summer 2017. Time to trade reading for stickers (if you're young enough) or at least to fall into what can only be termed “Summer Reading.” And here are the books for you to check out.

Just going to note here that, yes, according to the Internet, summer reading programs still exist, although many of them add points via app and that's kinda weird, but still…

Adults don't get stickers for reading books unless we buy them ourselves. But reading has its own joys.

So: The List.

From the circle of Amos correspondents, in the world of fiction, we're recommending: American Gods (Neil Gaiman), Beast (Donna Jo Napoli), The Bill Hodges Trilogy (Stephen King), The Gunslinger Series (Stephen King), The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara), A Moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway), A Never-Ending Story (Michael Ende), No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy), Norse Mythology (Neil Gaiman),), Ready Player One (Ernest Cline), A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)

And in non-fiction: Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Rankine), The Darkangel Trilogy (Meredith Ann Pierce), The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon), Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America's Role in the World (Robert Kaplan), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson), The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls), Retrofitting Suburbia (Dunham-Jones, Williamson), The Undeserving Poor: America's Enduring Confrontation with Poverty (Michael B. Katz),, Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (Rutger Bregman), Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)

The New York Public Library's list is here. The “students at top U.S. colleges” list via Quartz is here, “37 Beach Reads” from the Washington Post; New York Times' “Books to Breeze Through” for this summer.


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