In today’s edition of BookPageXTRA, five editors gush about their personal favorite summer reads: Faithful Place (Tana French), Sleep Toward Heaven (Amanda Eyre Ward), Saving Fish from Drowning (Amy Tan), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Díaz) and The Whole World Over (Julia Glass). Take a look at XTRA to see who recommended what—and why.
In my intro to XTRA this week, I mentioned that whenever we put together a list of personal picks, it makes me think about the qualities my favorite books share.
For example, when I was narrowing down my list of best books to choose only one to recommend, I realized that my favorite summer reads often include a female protagonist who goes on a journey that changes her in profound ways.
What do your favorite books have in common? If you had to pick just one summer read, what would it be?