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?
I don't have a particular summer read. When travelling, though, I like to read something not too complex, so I'll pick up a fairly mainstream mystery or horror novel. I will be in India for a couple of weeks in August and thinking I will take a copy of SHOGUN. I've always wanted to read it and have an old battered copy that I wouldn't mind carting with me during the humid monsoon season. I once made the mistake of travelling a copy of THE NAME OF THE ROSE; I spent nearly an entire day in Vienna in a park reading rather than enjoying the city. I did the same with Kafka's COMPLETE NOVELS many years ago in Portugal.
Never travel with a great book.
I think these lighter books become better for traveling. With all of the frequent interruptions that traveling brings, it is nice to be able to jump in and out of a story without losing anything. With heavier works, you almost have to develop the time to invest into the story.
I agree, season shouldn't determine what we read. Of course, publishing companies tend to publish certain types of books at specific times of the year.
If you are looking for a fun and sunny read, I would suggest either The Kings of Cool or Savages by Don Winslow. These are stories of young drug runners in southern California. They are a bit edgy, but offer some substance with their sunny settings.
well I just had a fancy for an old science fiction book I read years ago...Deathworld . Easy to read and a fast paced ripping yarn from the 60's. Fun
Summer can be a great time to resurrect old favorites. Of course, with so many new novels being published, it can be hard to find to time to revisit others. I just picked up the latest from Daniel H. Willson, "Amped". I enjoyed his sci-fi fest "Robopocalypse" so I have high hopes for his sophomore effort.
I read pretty much the same stuff during summers as throughout the entire year -- and that is whatever falls into my hands. It can be something light, like Stephanie Plum books, or some YA fantasy, but it could also be a bit more demanding, like SF/F. Or Thomas Bernhard -- he manages to write the entire book with almost nothing but ranting and whining and misanthropy, and he makes it work. Or philosophy by Lars Svendsen, highly intriguing, but at the same time entertaining. Or... You get the picture. :)
There is nothing wrong with variety. While I agree that it is important to read many genres, I don't ever want it to seem like a chore. Some of those philosophical books can be a bit too dry for my taste.
There are many who find mystery/thrillers more to their liking these days; the lonely housewife may find the romance novels more suited for their taste, and there is nothing wrong with that; regardless of all the differences in preference, coming this summer is the most suspenseful thriller since Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol.”
It will be published by an independent publisher because agents are only interested in the big names in the game and this novel is written by a new comer, Raymond Beresford Hamilton’s new novel, “Solomon’s Ring” is the best mystery/thriller coming this summer. Due out in the late summer. Readers will be amazed. It will be available for order from any book store or online from any online retailer. You won’t want to miss it.
A feel good novel that will inspire you to do things this summer!
Any recommendations? Are you talking memoirs or just inspirational fiction? Either way, I'm interested in some examples.
I can't say that the books I read during the summer are any different from the books I read throughout the rest of the year. I like to mix things up and will read a mystery, followed by a thriller, and then maybe a steamy romance. I also tend to enjoy books about time travel, and other paranormal activity. Happy reading!
All of those sound like good choices, though I do tend to stay away from romance novels. It sounds like you like to keep your reading "light". Do you ever get the urge to devour a heavy tome?