Summer means travel, relaxation and the companionship of a can’t-put-it-down book or two, or more likely several. The landslide of summer titles will continue into September, when the multibillion-dollar publishing industry will begin releasing its marquee titles in time for the holiday gift-giving season.
To find the page-turners that fit your taste, first pick a genre; all of them out there this summer, from mystery and thriller to travel and biography. Don’t overlook word-of-mouth recommendations and those oh-so-sweet guilty pleasures.
Next, choose an author. Showing up with new fiction are A-list writers Stephen King, Dorothea Benton Frank, C.J. Box, Janet Evanovich, Mo Hayder, Jussi Adler-Olsen, John Lescroart and others. In nonfiction, Colson Whitehead, John Waters and Hilary Rodham Clinton join the literary stage.
Then choose a format – printed (hardback or paperback) or electronic books or both. Now you’re ready to read anywhere.
This list offers a sampling, arranged alphabetically by authors’ last names. Many are on sale now; for the others, publishing dates are noted. As summer rolls on, look for more reading suggestions in my Between the Lines column in Tuesday’s Living Here section.
Before you turn the first page, though, keep in mind these two quotes.
• Japanese novelist-essayist Haruki Murakami: “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
• Political satirist-journalist P.J. O’Rourke: “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”