Summer Reads

Kick back with your favorite beer and these delicious summer books + beer recommends from our Books & Brews “Reader-in-Chief” Paula Nix, and share your love for reading us as we gather each month for Books & Brews.

What makes a great summer read?

Like Reformation Brewery’s Haddy, it’s fun, refreshing, and after you’ve finished one you can’t wait to start the next! For a summer read that’s enjoyable with enough complexity to keep you engaged, Books and Brews recommends picking up One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reed (think Cast Away, but the long lost fellow comes back BEFORE the wedding), Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (giant robots, possible aliens, thought-provoking sci-fi), and The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (set in Atlanta, a story about love and dysfunctional families).

Sometimes a dark and twisty book can surprise you in the best ways.

Just like a Stark, it may look like it belongs in a cooler climate, but one sip and you’re thinking it’s just what you need by the pool. Looking for a gripping tale to keep you on the edge of your beach chair this summer? Books & Brews recommends The One Man by Andrew Gross (engrossing [ha!] story of a clandestine mission in World War 2), The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (starts as a story to challenge assumptions, ends as a thrilling mystery), or In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware (trust me, when she describes the creepy house in the woods, you’ll be glad you’re in the scorching light of day).

Honest adventures begin on ordinary days.

Sometimes, a great non-fiction book can be just as page-turning as a fictional tale, just like an Atlas on a normal Tuesday can be the start of an honest journey to brand new places. If you’re looking for a compelling story that happens to be real-life, Books and Brews recommends The Professor & the Madman by Simon Winchester (the creation of the world’s largest dictionary, fraught with insanity and murder, really!), This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick (a book about embracing your town and making it home), and Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (a tale of baseball, family, and community).

Cheers to summer reading, writing our own great stories every day, and to books (and beers) that surprise us!