The Summer Reading List You Won’t See on BookTok

Last year, while on vacation, I was not in the mood for classics or for any books that would bring me heartache or make me wonder about the human condition. I assume this is what most people feel when choosing books to read for the summer — you want something fun, maybe romantic, easy to read, and engaging so that it keeps you entertained during the hot summer days.

Well, unfortunately, this year, I decided to ditch the trend of flirty, catchy summer books and instead focus on some authors that I’ve been wanting to read for years but just lacked the motivation to do so.

You’ve been warned. My reading list for this summer isn’t cute, romantic, or easy to read. Maybe it can be said that it’s not in any way enjoyable — so if you’re looking for that, these recommendations won’t be up your alley. However, if you’re down to do some heavy thinking on the beach or you simply want recommendations for books to read (maybe not in the summer), then let’s get started.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towels

We the Living by Ayn Rand

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Time Shelter by Georgi Gospodinov

What did you read this summer? What book would you recommend to your friends? Did any author leave a lasting impression on you? Let’s discuss.



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