10 great books to read this summer for post-COVID reopening

10 great books to read this summer for post-COVID reopening

As restrictions lift and airports fill up, the restless among us are ready to cast off old habits along with our pandemic sweatpants. Others might still be wary of the outside world, but whether you stay put or take off this summer, don’t forget to bring along your books. Reopening means the return of beach-read season, a time for titles that aren’t necessarily pure fun and froth (or necessarily read on a beach) but do have the transportive ability to separate body from mind, wherever your body happens to be. For every summer occasion, there’s a summer read; here are 10 of the best. Jenkins Reid understands group dynamics. Her 2019 breakthrough novel, “Daisy Jones and the Six,” was about a rock band; her follow-up concerns a family of famous siblings. On the day of Nina Riva’s big annual party in 1983, they follow their usual routines; by that night, their family home will be ablaze. In between, readers absorb the Riva secrets along with the ample sun, sand and saltwater. Although all the characters are vividly defined, model Nina …
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