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5 Fun Books to Read This Summer

Pack these summer books for your beach trip.

Summer is a great time to kick back, relax, and read something fun. Seriously. If you’re reading a large book that’s about very serious things, put it aside until September. Because summer is the season for fun books.

1. “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

John Waters is such a fun writer to read. And this book is full of his cheery yet subversive voice. This fun book contains short stories, some fiction, and some fact about his hitchhiking trip across America. This book proves that Waters is still quite capable of writing witty, real and fake stories that will entertain.

2. “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”

If you are a child of the 1980s or ’90s, you probably first read this book under the covers by flashlight. I recommend re-reading this killer book this summer so you can spook out your campmates during your weekend getaway.

3. “Jaws”

If you’re a fan of the film and have yet to read the Peter Benchley’s book, please do so. It’s incredibly enjoyable and fun. And really: Is there a better beachside read?

4. “Futureland”

Walter Mosley is a great story teller. “Futureland” is filled with nine sci-fi stories about near-future America… many of them aren’t pretty. So, while this isn’t one of those classically summer, feel-good fun books, it’s noir-good.

5. “Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller

We love anything “eco” here, so I naturally had to include Neal Stephenson’s “Zodiac: An Eco-Thriller.” I had to read this book as part of a sci-fi political science class (yes, such a thing did exist), and I have to say, I still enjoy it to this day.

Honorable mention: I admittedly know nothing about romance novels, so I was unable to pick a book from this genre. But I totally trust the taste of the ladies who were part of this recent Pop Culture Happy Hour special. In the hour long cast, the women (Linda Holmes, Barrie Hardymon, Petra Mayer, and Sarah Wendell, founder of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) discuss all the romance that’s fit to read. For a long list of reads that include women of all backgrounds and ethnicities, click this link.

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