Summer reading, or "beach reading" has become synonymous with light fluff or guilty pleasures. If you're into that, then that's cool, no need to change your routine. I'll admit to reading the first two Fifty Shades books and I tore through Gone Girl like it ain't no thang. But sometimes you want something with a little more substance. While you do want to spend your vacation relaxing, having time off from work and/or school is also the perfect time to tackle some classics that might have been on your list for years. I've compiled a list of some of my favorite summer reading books and a few other suggestions that will be fun and easy to read while providing a little challenge and art for those who want it. All of these books are as enjoyable at face value as they are once you start to analyze them.
Best for: reading while traveling, on a long train ride between cities or in an outdoor cafe
Best for: long flights, or entertaining yourself on rainy days
Best for: camping trips, sitting on the porch of a cabin
Best for: visiting your grandparents in Florida, road trips, if you're the only one who hasn't gone home for summer vacation after the semester is over (that's when I read it)
Best for: pool/beach reading, carrying it in your purse/pocket and reading a little bit at a time when you're waiting for somebody
Best for: everyday, sitting in a city park, NJ Transit/subway reading