Readers, this past May I released the eighth annual Summer Reading Guide. I released the first back in 2012, back before summer reading guides were commonplace, and had so much fun doing it that it’s become a much-anticipated tradition around here.
As we’ve built more history around the guide, I’ve started hearing a question with increasing frequency: After all these years of summer reading guides, which books do you still love and recommend? Which have stood the test of time?
Today I’m answering that question. I’ve combed through every selection in all the years of Summer Reading Guides, and forced myself to choose my top twenty favorite titles.
The good news: this was hard. The vast majority of Summer Reading Guide selections—I’d say a solid 90%—are books I would still wholeheartedly recommend to readers today. And another 7% are ones I’d still recommend with caveats. (The remaining sliver contains books that just haven’t aged well, even if we’re only talking about 8 years.)
Want to check out all the past Summer Reading Guides yourself? Click here to do just that.
20 greatest hits from 8 years of the Summer Reading Guide
I feel like the 2018 Summer Reading Guide just happened, so it’s not fair to identify those still-fresh releases as “greatest hits.” But I would like to highlight 5 outstanding selections from last year. In no particular order:
- I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos
- The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey
- What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan
- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
- A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
I hope you enjoyed this round-up today. And remember, you can still get the 2019 Summer Reading Guide right here.
P.S. Very soon I’ll be sharing which books have been most popular in this year’s Summer Reading Guide. If you haven’t taken our survey yet, click here to do so.