The summers are an excuse for many to hop out of their shell and try out new things. While some explore adventure sports, others hit the gym and bring out the fitness freak inside them. Similarly, some also spend the majority of their time being couch potatoes binge-watching their favourite shows and movies. While I am not against binge-watching as it may be my favourite thing to do during holidays, I cannot disagree about the fact that there are better ways to spend my downtime.
Summers are the season of sun, sand, and leisurely afternoons. So, what’s better than getting lost in a good book? One can enjoy a book while lounging on the beach, relaxing by the pool, or just soaking up some rays in the park. Also, reading books is the only legal way to hallucinate in real life thus embarking on a journey with larger-than-life characters all while sitting in your comfort does not feel like a bad proposition. So, if you’re new to the reading game, here are some of the best books you can enjoy during the lazy and hazy days of summer –
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
First on our list is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. This classic sci-fi novel follows the misadventures of Arthur Dent, an unwitting earthling who finds himself hurtling through space after his planet is destroyed to make way for an interstellar highway. Packed with absurd humour, wacky characters, and mind-bending plot twists, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a light, quirky read to enjoy while basking in the summer sun.
Next up, we have “The Beach” by Alex Garland. This gripping novel follows the journey of Richard, a young backpacker who sets out to find an idyllic beach paradise rumoured to be hidden somewhere in Thailand. As he and his fellow travellers navigate through dangerous jungles and treacherous waters, they begin to realize that the beach may not be the paradise they’d hoped for. Filled with stunning imagery and a sense of adventure that will keep you on the edge of your beach towel, “The Beach” is the ultimate summer read for anyone looking for a thrilling escape.
For those looking for something a bit more contemplative, we recommend “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. This uplifting tale follows the journey of a young shepherd named Santiago as he travels across the desert in search of his personal legend. Filled with powerful messages about following your dreams, the power of the universe, and the importance of listening to your heart, “The Alchemist” is the perfect choice for anyone looking for a thought-provoking read to enjoy while sipping a drink in the summer heat.
“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
Next up, we have “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. This memoir by the host of “The Daily Show” tells the story of Noah’s childhood growing up in apartheid-era South Africa. Filled with humour, heartbreak, and insights into the human condition, “Born a Crime” is the perfect book to read on lazy summer afternoons when you want to learn something new and be entertained at the same time.
Pride and Prejudice
If you’re in the mood for a classic romance novel, you can’t go wrong with “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. This timeless tale of love and class in 19th-century England has been beloved by readers for generations, and it’s the perfect book to read while lounging on the beach or sitting in the garden with a glass of iced tea.
So there you have it, folks – my top picks for the best books to read during the summer months. Whether you’re looking for sci-fi, adventure, inspiration, or just a good old-fashioned romp, there’s sure to be a book on this list that will capture your imagination and help you make the most of your lazy summer days. So grab a book, slap on some sunscreen, and enjoy the season in style!