50 of the Greatest Summer Reads of All Time

Summer reading lists: everyone’s got ’em. But what makes an ideal summer read? It sort of depends on who you are and what you’re doing, but here are a few suggestions: something light, something funny, something sun-drenched and atmospheric, something to travel with, something that will hold your attention no matter what’s going on around you, something exciting — but still literary. Here, you’ll find 50 of the greatest of such reads (with one caveat: no books from this year, because you’ve seen enough 2015 summer reading lists already), perfect to squire you through these hot months. Check out some of the best books for summer below, and since no list could ever cover all the bases (that’s a seasonal baseball reference), add your own favorites to the list in the comments.