5 Adventurous Summer Reads

I don’t know about you, but I always feel more adventurous in the summer. It probably goes back to summer vacation from school as a kid. Not only do I explore more real places in the summertime, but I transport to additional fictional ones too. Something about a warm sun makes me want to read. But let’s be real, if it’s scorching out, I’m lounging in the AC. These 5 summer reads can help you cling to that adventurous spirit as the daylight gets shorter and the cool creeps in.

1. East of the Sun by Julia Gregson

I specifically read this novel before we attended an Indian wedding. I wanted the setting and characters to transport me to another culture. Gregson’s description of the spices and colors of India absolutely took me to the subcontinent along with the 3 young Englishwomen that the story follows. I enjoyed her style so much that I’m planning to look into her other works. This is a perfect read for clinging to the heat of summer.


2. Delicious: A Novel by Ruth Reichl

This is the most adorable novel I’ve read in awhile. The narrator, Billie, has a new job in NYC working for a food magazine. Her romanticism of the aromas and flavors of food are executed well by Reichl. While at her new job Billie discovers some old letters that take her into the past. I found this to be a light and quick read which is exactly what I wanted. This is a perfect beach read!

3. Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

Set in 1970s Iran, this novel is incredibly rich in Persian culture. I’ve been fascinated with the region for many years, and have found this book provided more of an understanding of culture than any of the nonfiction books I’ve read. Even without a particular proclivity for Iran, the story of young love against all odds will pull you in. We really are all alike, no matter our ethnic ties. This is the perfect read for learning something from fiction.


4. A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve

I had never read anything set on the African continent, so this story of a couple living in Kenya was a new and delightful experience. I always enjoy looking up new words in different languages while I’m reading. If that sounded sarcastic to you, it wasn’t. I really do like it! Anyway, Margaret’s journey of self awareness and assertion while navigating an entirely new landscape was refreshing. This is a perfect read for when you want an unusual adventure.

5. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

This book leads you on a expedition through history and through Eastern Europe. The narrator is on a quest to solve a mystery around Vlad the Impaler and Dracula as she finds herself involved from a personal standpoint. While darker than stories I typically read, this thriller kept me interested and intrigued up until the end. I found myself savoring the story because I didn’t want it to end. This is the perfect read for when spookiness and cold weather start to emerge!

What are some of your favorite summer reads?

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