What Are You Reading This Summer?

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It's Forum's annual summer book show. We'd like to hear your recommendations for a good book to throw in a beach bag, prop next to your fishing pole, or relax with in the shade of a tree. Whether your idea of a great summer read is "Gone Girl" or "War and Peace," call or write with your picks.

Listener and Guest Recommended Books

Books are sorted by genre and listed alphabetically


  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • Bone Mountain by Eliot Pattison
  • The Bone People by Keri Hulme
  • Brilliant by Marne Davis Kellogg
  • Cha Ching by Ali Liebegott
  • Children of the Days by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Chinese Jar by Willie Gordon
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch
  • Dog in the South by Charles Portis
  • Fever by Mary Beth Keane
  • The Flamethrowers by Rache Kushner
  • Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • The Golden Age by Gore Vidal
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  • A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
  • A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
  • Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau
  • Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  • Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyse
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Mystery Series by Louise Penny
  • The Night In Lisbon by Erich Maria Remarque
  • Olive Kitteridge by Elisabeth Strout
  • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • Perfect by Marne Davis Kellogg
  • Priceless by Marne Davis Kellogg
  • Quick Silver by Neal Stephenson
  • The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich
  • Runaway by Alive Munro
  • Sacre Blue: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore
  • Seeing in the Dark by Timothy Ferris
  • Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison
  • Song of Solomon by Tony Morrison
  • Stoner by John Williams
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  • Thera by Zeruya Shalev
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • Water Touching Stone by Eliot Pattison
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
  • A Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio


  • 1776 by David Mccullough
  • The Alphabet Versus the Goddess by Leonard Shlain
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard
  • Apples are From Kazakhstan by Christopher Robbins
  • Bailout by Neil Barofsky
  • A Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
  • Buzzkill by Peter Goodman
  • Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West by Laura Nader
  • Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III
  • Far Away Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Far Flung and Well Fed by R.W. Apple
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II by Adam Makos
  • Infinite Cities by Rebecca Solnit
  • King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan
  • Midnight in Peking by Paul French
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
  • To Repair the World by Paul Farmer
  • Return of a King by William Dalrymple
  • Roving Mars by Steve Squyres
  • Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK by Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann
  • The Unwinding by George Packer
  • The Way of the Dreamcatcher: Spirit Lessons with Robert Lax by S.T. Georgiou
  • Why Knot? by Philippe Petit
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed


  • Poems Retrieved by Frank O'Hara
  • The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop