In the summer I, like many people, tend to focus on light reading. And, I’m usually pretty good at it. Previous year’s standouts include How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life by Mameve Medwed, Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions by Steve Almond, and Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo.
However, this summer I have failed and I’m not a bit disappointed. My last four books have been intense, dark, and thought provoking. I might have held back, waited a few months, but my experience of being a librarian has taught me never to wait—great reads are very quickly replaced by more great reads and titles are forgotten faster than the memory of what I ate for breakfast—which I should remember, it’s always one of two things.
There are plenty of wonderful new release lighter reads, but if you’re looking for something leaning in the other direction take a look at these great books.