What's on Your Summer Reading List?

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The days are getting longer and, for many, summer vacations are on the horizon. That means more time to settle in with a good book. What book would you recommend most for a long summer afternoon?

KQED Arts' Hot Summer Days and Nights Guide

Book Recommendations Heard During the Show


Luisa Smith of Book Passage suggests:

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Euphoria by Lily King

Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr

The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird


Luisa Smith, head buyer for Book Passage, which has stores in San Francisco and Corte Madera


President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

Under the Egg by Laura Fitzgerald

The Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg


Listeners Recommend:

Sugaree Rising by J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

Ultimate Sacrifice by Lamar Waldron & Thom Hartmann

Legacy of Secrecy by Lamar Waldron & Thom Hartmann

Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkersman

Longbourn by Jo Baker

My Struggle Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard

The Twin by Gerband Bakker & David Colmer

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Some Hope by Edward St Aubyn

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

King of Cuba by Cristina Garcia

Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Garden in the Dunes by Leslie Marmon Silko

The Wizard of Us by Jean Houston

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

The Black Hole War by Leonard Susskind

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque

The Bees by Laline Paull

How Jesus Became God by Bart D Ehrman

The Trouble With Gumballs by James Nelson

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Cleft Heart by Karl Schonborn

Chance by Kem Nunn

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Berrybender Series by Larry McMurtry

Mystic Street by S.T. Georgiou

U.S.A. by John Dos Passos

Rabbit Angstrom by John Updike

A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor

The Broken Road by Patrick Leigh Fermor

The Apprentice by Jacques Pepin

Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

King Warrior Magician Lover by Robert Moore & Douglas Gillette

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah & Ian Hoffman

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

The Geneva Trap: A Liz Carlyle Novel by Stella Remington

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

A Change in the Weather by Raymond Welch

The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym

An Unsuitable Attachment by Barbara Pym

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich

The Fall of the House of Dixie by Bruce Levine

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

Season of the Witch by David Talbot

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Over Easy by Mimi Pond

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Cool Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya

God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet

Capital by Thomas Piketty

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

The Stormlight Archive Series by Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Space Chronicles by Neil deGrasse Tyson

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose