But, actually, since damn near every media outlet is doing a similar list, here is a bunch of books on my list for this summer. As you can see, I really am confused (much like the Chicago Tribune) about what a summer read actually is.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (June 5) — So far, the buzz-book of the summer. It's a mystery about a failed marriage. Looks fantastic!
Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter (June 12) — After I finished The Zero not too long ago, Walter is rapidly moving up my "favorite writers" list. Can't wait for his new one!
Office Girl, by Joe Meno (July 3) — Chicago author Meno's follow up to his strange family tale The Great Perhaps includes illustrations and photos to highlight his late '90s tale of mid-'20s artists.
One Last Thing Before I Go, by Jonathan Tropper (Aug. 21) — Two words: Woo. Hoo!
Stuff I Already Have
Arcadia, by Lauren Groff — Hippies? Yes, please.
The Newlyweds, by Nell Freudenberger — A story about a mail-order bride? Also, yes, please.
Home, by Toni Morrison — This may be a one-sitting read, it's only 150 pages. Of course, I can't not read America's only living Nobel in Lit's latest.
The Darlings, by Cristina Alger — I'm a sucker for stories about intriguing people doing intriguing things in New York City. This should scratch that itch.
HHhH, by Laurent Binet — After I read James Wood's review of this in The New Yorker, I immediately bought it. It's strange story of WWII with the author's own comments mixed in. Sounds like a highly original novel.
Plane Reads and Classics and Such
A fair amount of traveling this summer means I'll have time to finally finish up the Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp series, and the leisurely summer evenings mean I'll try a few more substantial novels, too, including, East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, and Underworld, by Don DeLillo.
What's on your summer reading list?