Not to burst your bubble or anything, but the days of sitting on the beach while clutching a good book will quickly start vanishing as we get into the dog days of summer. Soon it will be cold outside, and that’s when it will be totally acceptable for you to crack open that 700-page hardcover book written by some long-dead Eastern European writer. But in the meantime, we compiled this list of the year’s greatest paperback releases so you can spend more time swimming in the ocean, and less time trying to research what’s good.
The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg
The Middlesteins was one of the finest novels of 2012, and bookworms still can’t stop talking about Attenberg’s bestseller a year after its release.