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If you've got a free summer afternoon coming up, consider spending it with one of the 26 following books. Click through for a Lucky-approved reading list!
"The Queen of The Tearling. I read it a few months ago, and am eagerly anticipating the sequel. A very poor analogy would be that it's like Game Of Thrones, but with a female protagonist—kind of fantasy meets action meets awesome. And Emma Watson is attached to star in the movie version!" - Eva Chen, editor-in-chief
"The Art of Fielding is one of my all time favorite books, but also A Widow For One Year is one I keep going back to—it's unbelievable." - Laurel Pantin, style editor
"I was just talking about good reads yesterday—I was really was after something easy and noncommittal so I decided to reread some of my favorites from childhood. Currently I’m on a Judy Blume spree, and it's so much fun reliving the books again. They really have stood the test of time! These are my top two Judy Blume favorites." - Julia Kalachnikoff, accessories director
"I have been binging hardcore on Martin Suter, a Swiss writer, lately. His books are very well-written, and so suspenseful that just can't put them down. It's exactly what I want in the summer, or if I just need to be distracted! My favorites are his books about Mr. Allmen, an empoverished private detective who handles only high-end art cases. When I'm into an author I will read all of their work—and the same with movies and directors. I'm quite methodical like that." - Katia Kuethe, creative director
I just finished The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner and it is so great—incredibly engaging and so viscerally written. It's a novel about a young woman who moves to New York to be an artist—but it's also a novel about being a young woman, about men, about art, about passion, and about protest. I'd recommend it to anyone—but if you don't believe me, it was also a National Book Award Finalist and one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of the Year.
"I just finished reading The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, it was on my son’s summer reading list and once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books that changes you. He finally got it back from me and is reading it now." - Fiona Lennon, bookings editor
"Memoir has always been a favorite genre of mine, and I'll read just about any that feature plucky kids with unusual upbringings (Jeannette Walls and Frank McCourt also come to mind). Too Close To The Falls is one I read as a teenager and would definitely pick up again. It's a funny, fascinating peek into small town girlhood in the 1950s—though, of course, not all girls delivered sleeping pills to Marilyn Monroe as a four-year-old full-time pharmacy employee or had their stubbornly undomestic mother tell them 'never to learn to cook or type or you'd be requested to do both against your will forever.' Sage advice? Maybe not, but it certainly makes for an entertaining read." - Hilary George-Parkin, associate digital features editor
"I just finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette. It's upbeat, slightly snarky and very funny—the perfect beach read!" - Liz Kiernan, special sections director
"I'm going to go with an oldie but goodie here: Gone With The Wind. If you haven't read it, you need to—like NOW (don't let the publish date put you off; it's got enough salacious plot lines to run with the most modern of novels)—and if you have, it's worth picking up again. I can't think of a better way to while away a summer afternoon (or several…it's quite thick, no?)." - Alison Syrett Cleary, associate digital editor
"Rules of Civility—there’s romance, glamour, social-climbing, and a 1930s NYC backdrop. It’s one of those books you really, really don’t want to end (and when it does, just read The Great Gatsby for the 15th time). " - Maura Lynch, senior beauty editor
"Though I'm probably not the first to recommend The Goldfinch to you, all those rave reviews are for good reason—Donna Tartt's book contains some of the most beautifully descriptive passages I've ever read. It's a must for art fans in particular, and certainly deserved its Pulitzer Prize. I was actually lucky enough to start it during a recent trip to Amsterdam with my mom—without realizing that about a third of the novel would be taking place in that city! While not all the action that goes down in Amsterdam would likely motivate a person to plan a visit—if you've read it, you know what I mean—it was still so cool to read about the Herengracht and the city's canals just hours after seeing them firsthand." - Elana Fishman, senior digital editor
"I loved Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s a novel about a Nigerian woman who emigrates to America, and her trials relating to love, career and growing up. It’s beautifully written and so engrossing—but most of all, it’s incredibly thought provoking, as the book centers so much around the concept of race in America." - Jenna Gottlieb, senior fashion writer
"I so loved reading both Fun Home and Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel. In both books Bechdel tackles really difficult, serious subjects (her father's closeted homosexuality; her troubled relationship with her mother), but in a way that's astoundingly funny and smart and thought-provoking and heartbreakingly honest. And! Both are graphic novels, which makes the stories come alive in a totally singular way. I couldn't put either one down, and thought about both often after I finished them. What more could you ask for in a summer read?" - Jayna Maleri, senior fashion writer
"I almost have too many to name! During the summer I usually like to sit down with a good mystery or thriller—something fast-paced and enthralling but not necessarily too serious. My top recommendations would be, from recent years: The Shining Girls (about a super creepy time-travelling serial killer…not as crazy as it sounds!), Gone Girl (if you haven’t read it yet—hang in there for the plot twist), Lush Life (crime drama set in NYC’s Lower East Side), the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (worth it even if you’ve seen the movies), Robert Gailbraith’s Cuckoo’s Calling and/or The Silkworm (pretty straightforward, but good detective stories. FYI: Gailbraith is J.K. Rowling.), The Dinner (Dutch psychological thriller). I’m also a huge fan of Agatha Christie’s work (And Then There Were None and The Muder of Roger Ackroyd are two favorites) and the Sherlock Holmes short stories." - Hayley Phelan, fashion features editor