Books to Read This Summer

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Books to Read This Summer

Movie poster from I Know What You Did Last Summer

Movie poster from I Know What You Did Last Summer

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Movie poster from I Know What You Did Last Summer

Mandalay Entertainment

Mandalay Entertainment

Movie poster from I Know What You Did Last Summer

Amelia Mendes, Opinion Editor

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It’s finally summer. As you lounge beside the pool or on the sand, working on your tan, a tropical drink in your hand, you find that either your phone battery is dying, you’re tired of listening to music, or there’s no WiFi. What on earth are you to do? Well, there’s no time like summer to catch up on some light reading. But, what should you read? Well, The GH Falcon has comprised a list of the best books for this summer, all of which take place during the summer or in sunny, vacation-worthy locations.

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This classic tells the eccentric, tragic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan over the course of an exciting summer during the roaring 20’s. Complete with romance, murder, and mystery, The Great Gatsby will make the most boring summer one to remember.
    • Movie to watch after: The Great Gatsby (1974 version with Robert Redford)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan: This horror novel, of which the famous film of the same name is based, will keep you on the edge of your seat/lounge chair. The novel follows the lives of four teenagers over the course of a summer, when a tragic event from their past begins to catch up with them, as they realize someone is trying to take them out, one by one.
    • Movie to watch after: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997 version with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar). Warning: DO NOT WATCH THE SEQUELS —> If you do, it’ll ruin the first movie for you!
  • Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks: This romance novel takes place on the Outer Banks in North Carolina and is sure to tug at your heart strings. Warning: Do not read without tissues.
    • Movie to watch after: Nights in Rodanthe (2008 version with Richard Gere and Diane Lane).
  • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell: This charming novel based on true events, follows the lives of the Durrell family, who move from England to Corfu, Greece in search of a happier life. This feel-good book will make you feel like jetting off to Greece and will be great for laughs.
    • Movie to watch after: There is no movie for this incredibly hilarious book…there’s a fantastic PBS miniseries,The Durrells! The miniseries is actually filmed in Corfu and stays true to the novel.
  • Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor: This comedic book is a compilation of funny anecdotes from Garrison Keillor’s successful radio segment, The Prairie Home Companion. We guarantee that you’ll laugh out loud at least once on every page!
    • Movies to watch after: There is no movie or TV show for Lake Wobegon Days, but you can definitely listen to recordings from the radio show the book is based on.