42 Great Books for Your Summer Reading List

For those of you who like to crack a book or two, here is our list of 42 books that we love.  Some are quirky, some are brilliant;  some are life changers and some are just fun; some of these you probably haven’t read since high school, and others you might be seeing for the first time.  Pick any of these, you can’t go wrong.  Add your own favorites to the list in the comment section.












Freedom, A Novel, by Jonathan Franzen.  2030 by Albert Brooks.  Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.  On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.  Catch 22 by Joseph Heller.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.  The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.  A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.  Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut.  A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.  Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon.  Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart.

The Executioners Song by Norman Mailer.  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.  The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.   Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.

The Stranger by Albert Camus.  1984 by George Orwell.  American Pastoral by Philip Roth.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.  A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.  The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.  Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.  In One Person by John Irving.  Native Son by Richard Wright.  The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier.  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.  Night Stalker by Philip Carlo.

American Tabloid by James Ellroy.  Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis.

Please continue to add your own suggestions to the list.  We could easily create volume 2 to this list and might later this summer.