Few things are better than a good book when you're relaxing at the beach, waiting in an airport, or just kicking back during a staycation. Get recommendations for the best summer reads, and share some of your own.
Browse our critics' favorite books of the season on our 2012 Summer Reading List. Let us know your summer reading picks in the comments.
Your Summer Reading Picks
From historical fiction and fantasy to memoirs and poetry, our book critics shared their top summer reading recommendations. We asked what you're reading -- or looking forward to reading -- and here's what you said.
Storified by The Kojo Nnamdi Show · Thu, Jun 14 2012 14:43:42
Kojo, Just finished reading a new 2012 book A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash..................I could not put it down until I finished. Takes place in Western North Carolina community. Each chapter is one person’s take on what happened in this small community of people that go to a specific church. Author’s first novel..........great read!
For a vacation to Europe or the Holy Land, there’s nothing better than Mark Twain’s “The Innocents Abroad.” It’s laugh-out-loud funny (somewhat to my embarrassment) and is available for free for e-readers through Project Gutenberg. The technology may have changed, but human nature hasn’t changed since it was written. My young adult daughter and I were in Italy last month, and she was so amused by the parts I read aloud to her that she is now reading it on her Nook.
Hi Kojo! I read a lot...more in the summer since I'm a teacher....but only have time to read great books! 2 Colson Whitehead novels are awesome and fit your discussion... Sag Harbor---for reading about the beach. Zone One---for connecting to the hot show, The Walking Dead, a wry look at the zombie apocalypse from one ordinary survivor's point of view. He's a fantastic writer!!
Hi Kojo: I was just listening to your show and heard you discussing books about Iraq. There is a great book called Jerusalem Spring that talks about the middle east in a fictional setting. It has a good message and a surprising twist at the end. It's an easy read with a lot of food for thought.
David Williams "Searching for God in the Sixties"
A lively approach to the mysticism of the 60s put into the larger context of all American religion. A heavy subject but a great read.
I love local (Baltimore) author Laura Lippman for a good page turning mystery.
Just recently retired I have just read Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer and all I can say is WOW. This book reads like a true piece of art. Understandably, some may be disgusted at its raw observations and attention to detail in human functions and intentions, but it was like looking at a sensuously created Impressionist painting. I encourage those who have not read it to take the adventure and get ready for a real mind and spiritual trip. Love you, Kojo.
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