When it’s 110 degrees in the shade, it’s just too darn hot to move.
But, if you can muster the energy to turn a page or fire up your e-reader, we’ve got 10 good books to get you through the dog days of summer.
From chick lit to science fiction to mystery and nonfiction, we’ve covered all the bases. Read on.
1. “Alice & Oliver,” by Charles Bock
Some people seem like they’ll never get sick — they’re just too full of life. But when Alice is diagnosed with cancer, she and her husband, Oliver, find their trendy New York lifestyle turned upside down in this stunning, realistic portrait of what an illness can do to a family.
2. “Before the Fall,” by Noah Hawley
Only two people survive when a private plane crashes off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The portraits of the passengers’ pasts and the survivors’ uncertain futures come together in a captivating study of human nature.
3. “But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past,” by Chuck Klosterman
Most people think of their realities in concrete terms — this is how the things we think about will always be thought about. But Klosterman interviews a variety of innovative thinkers to try to shift this perspective into how our lives will be thought about in the future.
4. “Wilde Lake,” by Laura Lippman
A case in which a mentally disturbed man is accused of beating a woman to death brings up painful memories for Lu Brandt, the first female state’s attorney in Howard County, Maryland. As the case continues, Lu realizes that the legal system that she has always relied upon doesn’t provide all the answers she thought it did.
5. “The Girls,” by Emma Cline
When Evie, a quiet loner, meets Suzanne in the 1960s, she is immediately drawn to the older girl and her circle, which includes a man who will soon become a cult leader. Her desire to belong grows deeper, but she doesn’t realize the danger she is in of becoming someone she doesn’t recognize.
6. “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War,” by Mary Roach
Roach always explores interesting topics, and the subject of how humans function under the bizarre circumstances that war brings is fascinating. She studies not only the soldiers fighting in battles, but the scientists studying them.
7. “Invincible Summer,” by Alice Adams
Eva, Benedict, Sylvie and Lucien are inseparable friends throughout college who go their own ways once they graduate. As they age, life gets in the way of their dreams and aspirations, and they find themselves drawn together again.
8. “Sleeping Giants,” by Sylvain Neuvel
When Rose falls through a hole while riding her bike, the firemen who save her find the little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. As she studies the artifact 17 years later, it’s clear that she and her colleagues are on the verge of unraveling one of history’s greatest mysteries.
9. “Stiletto,” by Daniel O’Malley
When two supernatural forces that have been enemies for centuries attempt to make peace, things get a little sticky. But they’ll have to work together to fight the forces wreaking havoc throughout London.
10. “The Truth According to Us,” by Annie Barrows
By one of the authors of the hit “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society,” this book carries the same tone of humor throughout a tough time. Secrets pervade a small town, and the arrival of a new visitor shakes everything up.