Best Reads for Summer 2020
This summer might look a little different for most of us. Even if you do get to hit the beach, you might have to keep your distance from others–although, let’s be honest, that is good news for beach games and people shaking towels in your general direction.
Though our season may be interrupted, the sun, heat and family time is unchanging. And what pairs well with a crisp white wine and a sunset? A great book! Here are some of our most-recommended reads for traveling across country or across your backyard. And while we love Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, this list doesn’t include those.
A Prayer for Travelers, Ruchika Tomar
This story is about two friends living in the Old West when one disappears. It has an element of thrill to it, so grab this one if you’re into those pulse-quickeners.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Voung
This novel is a fictional love letter from a 2o-something son to his illiterate mother, tracing back to their heritage in Vietnam.
GRIT, Angela Duckworth
Famous psychologist (Duckworth) explores what makes people successful. Spoiler: it’s not talent.
The Topeka School, Ben Lerner
From Esquire: “In this ambitious, formidable novel… Lerner asks: how does one raise a good son?”
Daisy Jones and The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is the story of a young, captivating singer who came of age in the late 60s/early 70s, all told as an oral history. The Skimm says it’s like if “Almost Famous” and “A Star is Born” had a baby, so that may be all the endorsement you need.
Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell
You’ve heard to never judge a book by its cover, but also to trust your instincts. Well, Gladwell takes on these ideas and finds that we’re usually completely wrong about strangers.
Have you read these titles or others you love? Let us know in the comments!