There’s nothing better than taking time to catch up on reading during slower-paced summer months. Find a comfy spot in the shade – the garden, a park, the beach. Add a cold drink and a cozy pillow. Now all you need is the book. Below is a list of favorite books provided by a diverse group of friends, in no particular order. The list is not edited – so reader beware, look into these titles and see if something sounds appealing! 

Memories Of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar 

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee  

Deacon King Kong by James McBride 

The Law of Dreams by Peter Behrens 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid  

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 

The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hildebrand 

Palace Papers By Tina Brown  

Sunrise by the Sea by Jenny Colgan 

The Outermost House by Henry Beston  

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen 

Atonement by Ian Mckewan 

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 

Interpreter Of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri 

Brooklyn By Colm Tóibín 

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron 

Everything is illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer 

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes 

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian 

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz 

The Dry by Jane Harper 

When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut