May 24 2012 9:21am

Best Summer Read?

At some point during the late spring, entertainment media offer their ideas for your summer reading—books you take to the beach, on vacation, outside to the garden, etc.

And for these sources, there is a certain conceit to what goes into choosing the book: It should be light, but not so light to be frivolous; engaging enough to feel as though your brain is on vacation, too, as you get lost in the book; preferably set, also, in the summer time. Sometimes the books are set in small towns rather than bustling metropolises.

But is that your idea of a perfect summer read? What book do you remember most fondly from summers past? What kinds of books do you like to read on vacation or on slower days?

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Heather Waters
1. HeatherWaters
I used to have lots of summer reading in school, so now I definitely look forward to light and fluffy books as beach reads. The Rachel Gibson I just finished would have been perfect, but I guess I'll have to get myself to the bookstore to find a new beach read--damn! ;)
Rakisha Kearns-White
2. BrooklynShoeBabe
When I was a kid, we didn't own a lot of books nor did we go to the library. I would just reread the few books that I had bought from school fairs and such. I was thirteen when I went to the library for the first time, and I remember reading a lot of supermarket best sellers like North and South by John Jakes and young adult novel about a teen girl in love with a Native American man. I went to school every summer until I was 20, so I never had any time for vacation books.

Once I graduated college and started working, most of my vacation novels were Robert B. Parker Spenser books or Sandra Brown books. Now, I read all during the year and my choices don't change with the weather. Although, at times, I try to read "assignment" books every summer like the teens who frequent my library get assigned, but I hardly finish any.
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I too read all year round and my choices remain fairly constant. However, whenever we go on vacation, be it whatever season, I usually stock up on light fun reads. Lynsay Sands, Julia Quinn and Stephanie Laurens are a few of my vacation authors.
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