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Meghan, Queen's Square | July 1, 2019

So, here’s a tricky question: what’s a “summer read”? Technically, any book could qualify, if you happen to read and enjoy it during the summer.

There’s no single definition for all readers, but personally, I find summer inspires me to reach for titles that go well with lounging at the pool, on the beach, or in a Muskoka Chair.

As much I might enjoy a densely written tome during the colder months, those books lose some of their impact when I’m wearing a sunhat and sipping on a mojito. Any books featuring existential questions, terrifying descents into madness or gruelling treks across Siberia are probably best appreciated during our Canadian winters, not while enjoying this brief sliver of sunshine we call “July”.   

By my definition, a good summer read is:

  • fast-paced
  • accessible
  • engaging
  • compulsively readable!

It doesn’t need to feature summer blockbuster style explosions (although those don’t hurt) but it does need to be a story that will grip your attention even when sand and surf are calling (and maybe the kids are also hollering nearby).  

Here are ten books I love as summer reads. Share your summer reading recommendations in the comments!

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

What would it be like if it was a cocktail? Fizzy, fruity, served in a martini glass with a twisty straw and the first sip goes straight to your head

The Word is Murder, by Anthony Horowitz

What would it be like if it was a vacation spot? A quirky film fest in London’s West End

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What would it be like if it was a bathing suit? A red polka dot bikini with ruffles, paired with cat’s-eye sunglasses

The People We Hate at the Wedding, by Grant Ginder

What would it be like if it was a cocktail? A dirty martini with a tiny umbrella

Ayesha at Last, by Uzma Jalaluddin

What would it be like if it was a vacation spot? A destination that mixes old-world charm and tradition with startling modernity, like Japan

Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

What would it be like if it was a bathing suit? Sleek navy-blue swim trunks with racing stripes

My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite

What would it be like it was a cocktail? Absinthe served in a delicate porcelain teacup

The Home for Unwanted Girls, by Joanna Goodman

What would it be like if it was a vacation spot? A leisurely tour of Montreal in a horse-drawn carriage

Caged, by Ellison Cooper

What would it be like if it was a bathing suit? Midnight black with daring cut-outs

Fourth of July Creek, by Smith Henderson

What would it be like if it was a cocktail? Bone-dry whiskey, served with a pinecone in the glass

 

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Submitted by Meghan (not verified) on

Thanks for the recommendation, Kim. That's quite an intriguing title.