This is the time of the year when magazines and newspapers have impressive lists of recommended reading for the summer. My own is rather modest:
The Aurelio Zen mystery novels by Michael Dibdin. Zen, an Italian police superintendent, wanders through his investigations with the eye of one who has seen it all. In Italy, there is a lot to see. Slow-paced but very enjoyable.
The humorous crime novels of Carl Hiassen. Florida crime, characters, and comedy. Start with Tourist Season. My other favorite is Skin Tight. Very funny stuff.
War and Peace. Not your standard beach reading but it is easy to get lost in and enjoy every part of your journey. If you have not read this classic, rest assured that this may well be the best novel ever written. One of my wife's co-workers, a Russian, reads it once a year. Not a bad tradition.
Dooms-Day Book by Connie Willis. Several months ago I touted this novel about time travel. After reading it, you'll look at the study of history and wonder "What if?"
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I didn't want this novel about Thomas Cromwell and the court of Henry VIII to end and am eager to read the sequel.
The Chee/Leaphorn mystery novels of Tony Hillerman. As you follow the investigations of these two Navajo police officers, you'll encounter a lot of information on Navajo culture and life. Fascinating and very easy reading.
Are there any that you'd like to recommend?