What are you reading this summer? Goodreads can help!

Posted by Jessica on June 8, 2011
It's time to fortify your summer to-read list for the delicious leisure-filled months to come. Are you in the mood for an escapist thriller, a beachy romance, or maybe some classic lit? We asked Goodreads members to tell us, What's the book you can't wait to read this summer? More than 800 readers have voted on the Listopia so far, and here are the top 10!

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Browse the full list, and you'll find that it is highly diverse—just like the Goodreads membership—brimming with exciting new fiction, plenty of young-adult adventure, and some hard-hitting nonfiction. Although there is a predominance of recently published books, classics have a respectable showing. Many of us know what it's like to have an "aspirational" to-read list populated with serious literature. You know you should read it, you even want to read it, but you're just never in the mood. (It's tough to pick up Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time when Tina Fey's Bossypants is close at hand). Well, summer is the perfect time for these titles. Goodreads members are voting for tried-and-true books like Anna Karenina, East of Eden, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other members have set aside time to tackle larger opuses like The Lord of the Rings and even the most notoriously challenging read of all, Ulysses.

Here are some interesting titles on the list that caught our eye.

A Dance with Dragons (Song of Ice and Fire, #5)
by George R.R. Martin
Topping the list is the latest in the epic fantasy series that inspired HBO's adaptation A Game of Thrones. Hollywood influence certainly spills into the book world. Three books-into-movies are all high up on the list: recently released Water for Elephants, soon-to-be released The Help, and eagerly anticipated The Hunger Games.

The Sisters Brothers
by Patrick deWitt
Set during the 1850s gold rush, this gritty yet darkly comic western follows the quirky misadventures of two notoriously vicious guns-for-hire. Goodreads Author Joshua Mohr says, "This book is flat-out good times. Sarcastic, drunk, murderous cowboys...sign me up!...do yourself a favor and just read it."

In the Garden of Beasts
by Erik Larson (Goodreads Author)
Reading Larson's new book about Adolf Hitler's first year as chancellor of Germany is fascinating and frustrating. Fascinating because you read eyewitness accounts of how Hitler rose to power and began to abuse power right under the world's nose. And frustrating because you want to reach through the page and shake sense into everyone involved.

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
Ardent reader reviews place this new Patchett novel on par with her acclaimed Bel Canto. Pharmaceutical researcher Marina Singh is dispatched to the Brazilian rainforest. Enduring the jungle's many dangers, she searches for an elusive Amazon tribe and a top-secret fertility drug that could enable women to conceive indefinitely.

by Tina Fey
In a crowded market of celebrity books, Fey's irreverent memoir is refreshing and entertaining. Glowing reader reviews have bumped Bossypants up to be the #2 most-added book of 2011 so far. Goodreads members especially recommend this as an audio book (read by Fey herself).

Before I Go to Sleep
by S.J. Watson (Goodreads Author)
This absorbing psychological thriller is narrated by a woman with amnesia. It's getting compared to the film Memento, but the tone and rhythm are completely different. The sense of dread builds slowly. Ordinary moments become ominous: a missing photograph or a reminder note on the kitchen bulletin board.

Don't Breathe a Word
by Jennifer McMahon (Goodreads Author
Realistic mystery and dark fantasy intersect in this creepy page-turner. A 12-year-old girl who believes in the King of the Fairies goes missing one summer night. A great pick for those seeking something intense. Beadyjan says it has "multiple twists and turns, lies and promises and secrets...sometimes wondering if the Grimmest of fairy tales can come true."

Lost in Shangri-La
by Mitchell Zuckoff (Goodreads Author)
In May 1945, an American plane crash-landed in an isolated New Guinea valley, marooning a badly injured trio of GIs in the jungle. This harrowing work of nonfiction follows the survivors as they face Japanese snipers, gangrene, and a group of head-hunting local tribesmen. Kristin calls it "a true-life adventure story full of incredible heroism, personal sacrifice, and determination."

by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads Author)
The winner of the 2010 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction returns with an eerie story of an alternate United States in which love is a curable disease that must be eradicated. Erica says, "There are not many books that can speak to you the way Delirium does. Books that tug at your heartstrings and make you believe in the impossible."

A Visit from the Goon Squad
by Jennifer Egan (Goodreads Author)
This year's Pulitzer Prize-winner is the inaugural choice for the launch of the Goodreads Book Club, now live! Thousands have already signed on for the Goon Squad Challenge, so join today and step into an international community of readers all sharing their reactions to this enjoyable, thought-provoking book.

So many great books to read, so you better get started! What's the book you can't wait to read this summer?

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