With sunny days approaching and vacations planned, you might be looking for the perfect lazy beach read. So this week, we’re helping you out with a few books, podcasts, and websites that are great for the summer.
Even if you’re headed to work rather than on vacation, they’ll provide the ideal escape from your daily routine!
On Your Kindle
Dead, White, and Blue: A Death on Demand Mystery , by Carolyn Hart
I’m a big fan of Hart’s long-running series about a mystery bookstore owner, Annie Darling, who finds herself embroiled in mayhem and mischief on a seemingly idyllic South Carolina island. In this recent installment, Annie and her husband investigate the disappearance of a young trophy wife with multiple enemies. With a fun group of supporting characters—including Annie’s eccentric mother-in-law and a stern novelist—this series is sure to please mystery enthusiasts.
On Your Smartphone
“ Summer Books 2013 ,” NPR
If you’re a longtime “What to Read on the Subway” fan, you probably already know that I love NPR’s coverage of books. This comprehensive list is great for readers of all types—parents looking for children’s books, fans of memoir, and even if you're just looking for past years’ vacation picks. I like the “3 Books” series of reviews of themed books; Fans of Downton Abbey might want to check out Janet Wallach’s recommendations for books related to grand Gilded Age houses , including Caleb Carr’s The Alienist , a detective novel that I recently picked up.
On a Podcast
Looking for more summer reads? Check out this podcast I just discovered, hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, who work in the publishing industry. Recent literary subjects include unlikeable protagonists as well as books that have been made into films. I’ve earmarked their episode for Edgar Week—the Edgar Allen Poe Awards that honor mystery novelists—for my upcoming podcast listening.
Faking It , by Cora Carmack
Want something fun and flirtatious for the beach? Dip into Cora Carmack’s new book, Faking It, a modern update of the classic fake relationship story. Rockabilly girl Max doesn’t want her conservative family to know about her less-than-conventional life in Philadelphia, including her tattoos and sketchy current boyfriend. So, she hires a clean-cut acting student to meet her parents and pretend to be her boyfriend for Thanksgiving. Will sparks fly between Max and her make-believe love?