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Literate DLers! What are your favorite novels for summer reading?

My favorite - I read them every-other summer- is the Mapp and Lucia series - E.F. Benson's magnum opus. (more than one novel but a matchless and seamless series that represents the pinnacle of harmless but arch and revelatory gay campery.)

This is my off year. What do you suggest for my reading as a sit under the umbrella at the beach, lounge by the pool, stretch out on the patio, and sit on the veranda in the evening as the whipporwills plead?

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 906/21/2013

I recommend Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers", OP. It's non-fiction about the horrors of India, but it certainly reads like a novel.

My other recommendations? Erudite science fiction and fantasy: Iain M. Banks, Doris Lessing, Clark Ashton Smith, Steve Aylett, Stanislaw Lem, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, and Tanith Lee. Any novel or short story from the authors on that list will do.

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 106/21/2013

A Separate Peace

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 206/21/2013

"Shipping News" Annie Proulx, an oldie but a great read.

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 306/21/2013

For summer at the shore?

Anyone of Robert Parker's Spenser novels.

Also Jim Butcher's Dresden files series.

Not to be overlooked any gay novels you can find with good looking men on the cover.

(I can't read anything serious at the shore)

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 406/21/2013

"Call Me By Your Name" - Andre Aciman

"The Pilgrim Hawk" - Glenway Wescott (novella)

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 506/21/2013

I like Nancy Mitford's books "Pursuit of Love" and "Love in a Cold Climate". Fun frothy reading.

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 606/21/2013

Any of Stephen McCauley's novels are perfect gay summer reads.

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 706/21/2013

alan hollingsworth. hot gay stuff.

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 806/21/2013

Leave Myself Behind - Bart Yates

Staggerford - Jon Hassler

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

The Magician's Assistant - Ann Patchett

by Georgie Pilson's Cousin Aethelredreply 906/21/2013
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