If summer is here, can magic be far behind? Yes, it’s that time of the year to reach out for a tall, refreshing glass of juice, join a hobby class, or, indeed, catch up on some long-neglected reading. Leafing through a good book doesn’t just spell endless hours of engagement and fun, but can leave your mind enriched, too – an experience you will look back upon fondly for a lifetime, and be thankful for indulging in. And what better way to kick start a summer-ful of happy reading, than our delectable and handpicked list of ‘Breezy Summer Reads’!
So where does one begin? Well, that depends on what your favourite genre is. Of course, our list caters to a wide palette of tastes, so you could start with familiar territory, and explore as you go.
For those with a bent for history, for instance, ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’ by best-selling travel writer (and self-professed ‘reluctant traveller’!) Bill Bryson is guaranteed to keep you awake during the long, soporific summer. In the book, the engaging Bill Bryson employs his trademark wry wit and punnery to chronicle the journey of man’s evolution (from the Big Bang to the modern day) by seeking to get under the skin of inventors and innovators who used science to understand ‘how things work’, right from the smallest particles to the unimaginable vastness of outer space.
For a change in mood and pace, go straight for Jeffrey Archer’s ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, the fourth instalment in his now-classic Clifton Chronicles series, that fuses unforgettable characterization, a gripping storyline and absorbing plot twists to trace the upheavals of two families in turmoil, and a treacherous corporate world that joins them. A master of his genre, Archer makes sure you stay mesmerized till the last page.
Time to temper the adrenalin down, and the box set of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by legendary writer J.R.R.Tolkein offers the perfect escape - all the way to the ‘Middle Earth’ where dwarves are venturing out in quest of dragon-guarded gold, and have to encounter a magical ensemble of trolls, goblins, elves and giant spiders before they can hope to reach and destroy the Ring of Power on Mount Doom.
Be done with it quick, though, for there are delightful worlds waiting to be discovered - for instance, in the truly epic ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain. Dive deep into the heart of the lyrical narrative of the Mississippi valley as Huck and Jim hop aboard a raft to leave the civilized world behind, and embark upon an odyssey replete with adventure, danger and self-discovery. Widely regarded as the first novel to be written with a true American Voice, this is a work of art that inspired an entire generation of great writers (such as Faulkner, Eliot and Salinger), and is packed with moments and gems to keep you smiling, for life.
Cap off your summer of joy with Robert Pirsig’s ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Enquiry into Values’. The timeless plot revolves around how a summer motorcycle trip across America by a father and his young son led to a profound introspection of deep existential issues of life, and has transformed generations with its breakthrough insights of how to live better.
Make this summer count by reading better, and you will. Explore Summer Reads on Junglee.