Remember in high school when you spent your summers procrastinating, avoiding the soul-sucking drudgery of required summer reading lists in favor of swimming pools and TV? One of the good things about growing up is that the magic of reading returns. As an adult, spending time absorbed in a new book becomes a delicious luxury — a slice of self-care in a busy world.
As such, we have asked a handful of local literary geeks — librarians, novelists, advocates and CityBeat staffers — for their top three “required summer reading” recommendations for adults. The book options range from dystopian adventures and sexy sci-fi to music biographies and true-crime thrillers. There are fluffy reads for poolside lounging and longer, more challenging options for people who want to dig deep. Whether you’re reading alone or with a book club, here are 26 options to pique your interest.