Growing up, the thought of a summer reading list either inspired giddiness or dread in my group of friends. As kids, we attended summer programs at the library and competed to see who could read the highest number of books. In high school, we procrastinated on assigned readings that either puzzled us (Heart of Darkness), gripped us (The Poisonwood Bible) or both (Beloved).

As summer approaches, I've started to think about my grown-up version of a reading list, especially as I prep to go on vacation in a couple of weeks. So far, all I know is that I want to balance the contemporary novels that usually occupy most of my time (first up: The Lonely Polygamist) with classics I can't believe I haven't read (ex: One Hundred Years of Solitude) and backlist titles from authors I've recently discovered (ex: Steve Yarbrough).

What's on your list for the summer? Any recommendations for Book Case readers?

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