Summer is closing in on us and many readers are planning their vacations. Gone (for the most part) are days of the extra suitcase to carry all your summer/vacation reads. You can load up your e-reader with a billion books and live on the beach year around without having to reload that sucker. Cabana boys come…Cabana boys will go, but the e-reader with a billion books will be your full time companion. Wait, what was I supposed to talk about?
Oh yes, the great summer read. Around this time of year I start getting emails from publishers and publicists excited about the upcoming hot summer reads, and books perfect for lounging on the beach with. I have to admit, I start getting excited about summertime releases. But recently I sat back wondered what really makes a good summer read? For me, it just has to be a great book published during the summer months I guess? I realized I don’t really have a strict criteria. Just entertain me and I’m good.
I know from blog chatter and my twitter stream though that some readers do have favorite books for taking on vacation, reading by the pool or kicking back in the hammock in the back yard while the sun beats down them.
So my question today is: What makes a great summer read for you?
Is it a particular theme, trope or setting? Is it the length of the book, something you can read in one sitting? Do you require a certain heat level or is it a particular romance sub-genre that makes it a perfect vacation book? Do you have certain authors you take with you on your summertime travels?