Summer Reading Guide

Summer is here, and that means one thing: vacation! Whether you’re on a grand exploration or simply relaxing with a staycation, WLT is here to provide a getaway that you can hold in your hands.

For “Supernatural” Junkies

Spirits I Have KnownIpsita Roy Chakraverti

Spirits I Have Known  



For the Year-Round Classics Disciple 

Summer Reading ListToni Morrison

God Help the Child 



For the Family-Bonding Fanatic 

The Harder They ComeT. C. Boyle

The Harder They Come



FigSarah Elizabeth Schantz


(Margaret K. McElderry Books)


For the Summer-School Academic

Goebbels: A BiographyPeter Longerich

Goebbels: A Biography

Alan Bance, Jeremy Noakes, 

& Lesley Sharpe, trs.

(Random House)


Evolving OurselvesJuan Enriquez & Steve Gullans

Evolving Ourselves: How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation Are Changing Life on Earth 



The Viking LongshipJørn Olav Løset

The Viking Longship: From Skinboat to Seagoing Warship

(Westholme Publishing)


For the Long Car Ride

Natural Born HeroesChristopher McDougall

Natural Born Heroes: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance 

(Random House Audio)


For the Socially Engaged

I Am MalalaMalala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

(Little, Brown)


For the Stand-up Comedian and Motivational Speaker

Penguin's Can't FlyJason Kotecki

Penguins Can’t Fly: +39 Rules That Don’t Exist 

(St. Martin’s Griffin)


For the Wannabe Rebel

The Discreet HeroMario Vargas Llosa

The Discreet Hero 

Edith Grossman, tr.

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


For the Lover of Tear-Jerkers 

The All Saints' Day LoversJuan Gabriel Vásquez

The All Saints’ Day Lovers

Anne McLean, tr.

(Bloomsbury Publishing)


For the Anthropomorph 

Confessions of the LionessMia Couto 

Confession of the Lioness

David Brookshaw, tr.

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


For the Scandal Lover

Straight to HellJohn LeFevre

Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals



Skyler Stanley is a WLT intern with a fascination for coffee, pugs, and superheroes. She hopes to continue on in the publishing field after graduation.