Summer Reading 2012

It’s that time of year for our annual list of Summer Reading. Here are our picks for reads that you can enjoy by the beach or pool, Bloody Mary in hand.

Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James

Since you don’t live under a rock, chances are this is already on your list or you’ve already read it. The love story of a 22-year old virgin and the sadist billionaire features brainless writing (Oh my!), plenty of sex and lots of fantasy escapism. Just the thing to read while ogling the pool boy.

Now that that’s out of the way…

Heft: A Novelby Liz Moore
Heft Summer beach reads

I read this book after Jennifer Wiener tweeted its praise. Heft is a surprisingly lovely story about an obese man who hasn’t left his Brooklyn brownstone in a decade, his former student and her son. The unexpected story of friendship and redemption is mushy in all the right places.

Rules of Civility: A Novel

Summer beach reads rules of civility

If you can’t wait for The Great Gatsby movie to be released in December, this is the book for you. It follows around two friends making their way through the Jazz Age in New York City.

Gold: A Novel by Chris Cleave

summer beach reads Gold

We’ve got this book by the author of Little Bee on pre-order (it releases July 3). It follows two elite British cyclists on their quest to make the 2012 Olympics in London. It’s not a physically anguished as Little Bee, but the story of the women’s friendship promises to be just as brutal emotionally.

Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel

summer reading wolf hall

There have been countless books about Henry VIII; but this new one is getting credit for centering its story on Thomas Cromwell. We hear the second book is even better.

Maine (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jane Courtney Sullivan

summer beach reads Maine

This is the book for anyone who has ever spent time at a summer beach house with their family or friends. Grab a lobster roll and a vodka tonic and enjoy this easy read.

The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller

summer reads year of Gadfly

Glamour  magazine called this first novel, “Part Dead Poet’s Society. Part Heathers. Entirely addictive.” That’s enough to get us to download it on our iPads!

The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
summer reads wolf hall

A moving account of the three hundred years of Blackwell, Massachusetts. Grab your tissues.

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy) by Veronica Roth

Divergent summer beach reads

This is the latest book (and trilogy) that the teens are going wacky over. If you couldn’t put down the Hunger Games or still lament the end of the Harry Potter series, you’ll love this book about a dystopian Chicago where all kids have to choose their life paths at sixteen.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)by George R. R. Martin.

game of thrones summer beach reads

Don’t hedge reading these books because of their size, they’re just as exciting and engaging as the HBO series. You can’t tell who’s good and bad, much less who’s fighting who; but we think the better looking the character, the worse they are.


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