With the weather heating up here in Boston, we’re looking forward to spending our beach days catching up on some reading. Check out our second annual PAN Summer Reading List for some great book ideas -- from thrillers, to historical novels, to biographies -- and let us know what’s on your list.
- We recently re-launched the PAN Book Club, and several of us are looking forward to getting together to discuss the latest pick, Divergent, the first in a trilogy that is sure to be a hit with Hunger Games fans.
- Legal thrillers are also popular titles, like Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson and Defending Jacob by William Landay, as is Dan Brown’s new page turning thriller Inferno.
- Stephen King continues to be a popular author here at PAN, and we’re planning on checking out his recent novel, Joyland, and his memoir, On Writing, which provides a practical view into the writer’s craft.
- For history buffs, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick provides a fresh perspective on Boston’s historical significance and its role in shaping the American Revolution.
- Another popular, and timely, title here in Boston is Kevin Cullen’s new Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice.
- The period novel A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray takes place in 1890s England and is also the first book in a trilogy.
- And, our book club isn’t all play. We’re planning on reading Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s much talked-about new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; and, Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization, and Statistics, which helps us to visualize data to maximize its potential and tell a story in a clear, concise manner.
- We’ll also be packing our beach bags with Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel Olive Kitteridge and the book that inspired the movie Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
- Rounding out our list is Bruce, the sweeping biography of Springsteen written by Peter A. Carlin with the help of the Boss himself.
Here at PAN we have a lot of reading to look forward to this summer. Let us know if there are any great reads we should add to our list.