What do long road trips, hectic plane flights and basking on the beach have in common? For many people, it’s a good book. Summer is the season most synonymous with reading. Whether it’s having the time to kick back while on vacation, longer sunlit filled days to delve into your favorite genre while on the balcony, or simply making a shift in the type of books you read (keep it lighter, maybe even trashier for summer), more of us are getting our read on in June, July and August. Just recently, a colleague boasted to me that her reading drought was squelched. This after spending a long weekend away from the office and off the grid was she able to plow through a collection of carefully curated book selection. Not long after that conversation, another friend who was packing and preparing for flight across country sent a frantic text asking for book suggestions for her trip. I, of course, had no shortage of suggestions.
Just in time for this great seasonal pastime, numerous critically acclaimed bestsellers and/or indie titles have been released in paperback. This is especially beneficial for the consumer/traveler who doesn’t want to pack a heavier hardbound book. Below is a list (no particular order) of recommended titles. Most of this list include those books recently released in their lighter, more affordable format, but a couple hardbound exception are included. Clearly, they're worth the extra expense and weight.