Monday, July 28th, 2014

Summer Reads 2014

Whether lounging on the beach, sipping icy beverages poolside, or retreating into the blissfully air-conditioned depths of the indoors, there’s something truly excellent about reading in the summertime. You have to do something with the extended daylight, anyway, right? I asked the rest of the LT staff to help me compile a list of our favorite summer reads for 2014. Check them out!

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  1. The Martian by Andy Weir
  2. Chocky by John Wyndham
  3. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  4. My wife’s novel (drafts)
  5. Terrible science fiction. Why is so much of it so bad?


  1. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
  2. The Quick by Lauren Owen
  3. The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier


  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  2. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  3. Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg


  1. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
  2. Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin
  3. Wild Mammals of New England by Alfred J. Godin

Chris C.

  1. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  2. Machine Learning with R by Brett Lantz
  3. Head First Statistics by Dawn Griffiths


  1. Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
  2. The United States vs Pvt. Chelsea Manning by Clark Stoeckly
  3. The Odyssey by Homer


  1. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  2. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
  3. Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson


  1. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  2. The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 2 by Mark Twain
  3. Transit by Anna Seghers


  1. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  2. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  3. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


  1. The Lion by Nelson Demille
  2. Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
  3. 11/22/63 by Stephen King


  1. Scorpia Rising by Anthony Horowitz
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe


What are your favorite summer reads? Add yours to our list, and join us on Talk!

Labels: lists, reading, recommendations


  1. Shirley says:

    I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
    The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
    The Guernsey Lieterary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

  2. Ferne says:

    “The Poison Pen” by Marjorie Owen
    “The Kill Box” by Chris Stewart
    “The Last Promise” by Richard Paul Evans.

  3. TaleNoree says:

    1. Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
    2. Rashi’s Daughters: Joheved by Maggie Anton
    3. Halfstrike by Jean Johnson
    4. Pillar of Fire by Judith Tarr

  4. maneekuhi says:

    Thanks to Kate and Kirsten who produced helpful lists of summer books. I think some of the other contributors didn’t understand the assignment.

    Summer Books:
    Love Story with Murders
    A Colder War
    In the Blood

  5. Tim says:

    I resist the notion that there are some books that are better in summer, because they’re “vacations” somehow. Blech! I don’t need a vacation from “hard” books. Any book worth reading is a summer book.

    • maneekuhi says:

      For Tim: I don’t think that’s what you are really saying. What I hear is that you believe there is no such thing as summer books period. So why respond to the topic at all?

  6. Joel Provost says:

    Jane Eyre by Charroltte Bronte
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    Duma Key By Stephen King

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