Summer Reading List

Sure it’s already mid-July. But in New York City, we’ve finally escaped the intermittent deluge for a few days straight of sunshine. So it feels like summer to me. I give you my summer reading list, full of the most esoteric categories I could come up. You won’t find “beach reads” or “road trip books” here…

Societal Breakdown and Travel! Fin de siècle anarchism? The clash of nations? The sadness underlying absurdity? These books have it all.

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Beach by Alex Garland
Nazi Literature in the Americas by Roberto Bolaño
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

One! Giant! Tome! The summer is a good chance to breeze through a number of short books. Or maybe a single doorstop that you can cross off your bucket list.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (read along with InfiniteSummer.org)
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Don Quixote by Cervantes

Stress in the Suburbs! For me at least, summer means several trips to the folks’ place in the burbs. These books act as a minor palliative.

White Noise by Don DeLillo
The Verificationist by Donald Antrim
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

We’re Also on Vacation. Protagonists escaping the city and the rat race.

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Loser Takes All by Graham Greene
Monsieur Monde Vanishes by Georges Simenon

Books about Books

The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri by David Bajo
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Oracle Night by Paul Auster

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2 responses to “Summer Reading List

  1. chapmanchapman

    “Shadow of the Wind” is the only one on the list I haven’t read yet! I’ve heard great things.

  2. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but “The Shadow of the Wind” is beyond fantastic. I enjoyed “The Angel’s Game,” but wasn’t as much a fan. Get ready for terrific gothic lit about books.

    Funny enough, I read “White Noise” and “Gravity’s Rainbow” back to back a few years ago. They’re both great, but in complete different ways.

    As for “Infinite Jest” I feel as if it’s a book I should have read by now, but just keep putting it off. Maybe next month?

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