10 Summer Reading Picks for Any Adventure

Whether you’re looking for a book to read on the beach, on a plane, or during your lunch break (while you dream of being on a beach), these 10 books are on our summer reading list. Ranging from historical fiction to career advice, there’s something for any reader.


 

1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

 

The Girl on the Train

 

The premise: A woman witnesses something shocking in her neighbor’s yard but why she saw it in the first place becomes a more prominent topic of discussion.

 

Read it if: The end of Gone Girl left a psychological-thriller-sized hole in your heart.


 

2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

 

All the Light We Cannot See

 

The premise: Two people attempting to survive World War II in dramatically different ways find each other in France.

 

Read it if: You like your historical fiction with a side of romance.


 

3.The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James

 

The Boys in the Boat

 

The premise: The true story of nine underdogs going for the gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

 

Read it if: You save all your vacation days to avoid missing a minute of action when the Olympics are on every two glorious years and you devoured Unbroken in a day.


 

4. People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann

 

People I Want to Punch in the Throat

 

The premise: If the title isn’t self-explanatory, you might be one of the people the author’s referring to.

 

Read it if: You look at the world in wit-colored glasses.


 

5. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

 

The Boys in the Boat

 

The premise: A group of friends who met as children at summer camp grow up into adults who can’t let go of their past.

 

Read it if: You’re looking for a modern twist on a coming-of-age story about what it means to grow up.


 

6. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

 

Rules of Civility

 

The premise: In 1938, Katey starts a new job on Wall Street and begins taking steps to become part of an elite social circle without realizing the compromises she’ll have to make.

 

Read it if: You secretly loved reading The Great Gatsby in high school, even though you pretended to hate it.


 

7. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

 

The Royal We

 

The premise: In this modern fairy tale of a novel, an American woman falls in love with a prince and he introduces her to the dramatic behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be royal.

 

Read it if: You woke up at 3 am to watch Will and Kate get married a few years ago and recently spent time in online forums speculating about the royal baby’s name.


 

8. A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

 

A Curious Mind

 

The premise: In this nonfiction work, producer Brian Grazer, who’s won Academy Awards for his work on Apollo 13, Arrested Development, 24, and other movies and TV shows, explains how curiosity lead him to success.

 

Read it if: You’re constantly on the hunt for your next source of inspiration.


 

9. The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton

 

The Architecture of Happiness

 

The premise: This book gives a look at the relationship between personal identities as influenced by the architecture around us.

 

Read it if: You find yourself bumping into things because you can’t help but look up at all the cool buildings everywhere you go.


 

10. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

 

Cat’s Cradle

 

The premise: Where do we even begin to describe this book? It’s about a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature, what it means to be a “mad man,” and the outlook of the future. You’ll have to read it to see how all those work together.

 

Read it if: You’re a TV fanatic because this book is being made into an upcoming show.


 

Find our summer travel wishlist here!