Looking for a backyard read, a stack of books to plow through one week at a time as a perfect summer diversion? This summer's book list will transport you beyond your front porch to books that were the inspiration for one too many great (and possibly not so great) movies. Not every book can inspire a blockbuster movie, but there are a few books with a dystopian veil to contemplate life as a big moving picture.
Before you choose, let me recommend a “snort and laugh out loud” book from local Bay Area favorite, Dave Eggers, "The Captain and the Glory." Tidy and brief, this book not only gets you to snicker under your breath, but will keep pulling you back to re-read what you might have missed the first or second time around - all too fitting to combat what a new “dog day of summer” may look like.
THE BREAKING OUT OF SIP LIST
Summer Book Bingo, SAL/ON Seattle Arts & Lectures
9 Books That Bring The Outdoors In During a Stay-at-Home Order EarthDay.org
The Outdoor Books that Shaped the Last Decade Outsideonline
The most anticipated books of summer 2020, SHE READS
The 2020 Minimalist Summer Reading Guide, Modern Mrs. Darcy
Books to Take You Back to the Blockbuster or out to the Drive-In.
This mix of books includes when dystopia was conceptual, the origin of some of the best "Groundhog day" remakes, and if you loved the movie you're gonna love these books even more.
Classics, Academic, and Just More Books
Listopia, AP Literature, Goodreads
The Great American Read, National Public Radio
Summer Reading List, Common Sense Media
Summer Reading 2020, TriCollegeLibraries
Summer Reading 2020 Book Lists New York City Libraries (Brooklyn, NYC, Queens)
9 Great Books for Reluctant Teen Readers Understood
2020 Book List Wrapped Up in Reading, Michael C. Carlos Museum Emory
The Best Summer Books to Read in 2020, Harpers Bazaar
7 Anti-Racist Books Recommended by Educators and Activists, New York Magazine
ACLU Ban This BookList, ACLU
An Antiracist Reading List, New York Times
Books that Celebrate, Challenge, and Unite
2020 has challenged us in ways unimaginable, yet communities have risen to do the right thing. These books may be part of your listening and learning.
....and don't forget comic books like Classics Illustrated for easy summer reading.
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