What is your idea of the perfect summer read?

With summer upon us, many will dive into their favorite summer novels. I tend to read lots of fast paced mystery/thriller novels that don't require much thought. I like to sit and read purely for entertainment. Of course, I don't mind reading books with a deeper meaning, as long as it doesn't sacrifice on entertainment value. How about you? What is your idea of the perfect summer book?

-Ethan

http://e135-abookaweek.blogspot.com/

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I like books that require some thought, but at the same time I don't want my summer reads to be depressing.  Lately I've been on a SF/F kick because novels in those genres tend to be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

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I agree! Have you read Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson? I read it last summer and really enjoyed it. 

I haven't.  What's it about?

It takes place in the future, when robots are integrated into everyday life. Pretty soon they realize that they outnumber the humans and start to attack. It could have been really corny, but the author has a robotics degree, so he made everything seem plausible. Here is the GoodReads link:http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9634967-robopocalypse

I like a great plot, conflict and struggle in the stories that I read. Would you classify Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as entertaining? It certainly has a plot and conflict.

I found it to be entertaining. I think this brings up the point of reading "Classics" during the summer. I think the argument can be made both for and against this. On the one hand, I like my summer reads to be quick, so I can read as many novels and possible in my all too short summer. On the other, I tend to have more time to read, be it on vacation or traveling, so the case can be made to spend that extra time reading more substantial works. 

You know i like lazy books, something that dont require much thought i am reading the Yorkshire Pudding club and tempted to review about it, Not that we are getting much of a summer!

I also like to spend my summers catching up on my favorite series!

I'm a historical fiction fan, currently reading King's Man by Angus Donald and have read a number of novels by Bernard Cornwell.  To me character development is absolutely essential, they need to come alive. 

Mr Donald does this very well in the Outlaw series (see my review), but I also enjoy Christian Cameron (I'd highly recommend Killer of Men and will read Marathon soon).

Few things compare to a well-crafted novel.

You may enjoy reading "Tigers in Red Weather" by Liza Klaussmann. It has a kind of Great Gatsby vibe and is full of well drawn characters. I'll have a review and giveaway of it on my blog beginning 7/15. 

I have mixed feelings on historical fiction. When done well, it can be extremely effective, but a few too many historical details can quickly derail a story. 

I tend to read a lot more YA books during the summer, its almost like taking a vacation from some more challenging reads! However having recently discovered my love of classics, I've been reading more of them aswell during the summer. So I guess I don't really have a specific genre for a summer read, I just read more books in general :)

 

-Sarah

http://laceandlavenderhints.blogspot.ca/

Surprisingly, I have yet to jump on the Hunger Games bandwagon. Summer time used to mead reading the latest Harry Potter novel, but with that series completed, I tend to read more adult fiction now. 

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