Do you love to read? Is summer your favorite time of year? Does reading a good book on the beach or in the park under a bright blue sky bring you limitless joy? Here, the 25 best novels to read during summer.

25. Women by Charles Bukowski

24. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

23. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

22. Light in August by William Faulkner

21. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

20. Open City by Teju Cole

19. The Diamond Age, or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson

18. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

17. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

16. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

15. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer*

14. Cotton Comes to Harlem by Chester Himes

13. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

12. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver*

11. Swamplandia by Karen Russell

10. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

9. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

8. Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara*

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

2. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

*Technically a short-story collection, but it counts. Deal with it.

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