Not sure which book to bring to the beach this summer? Let The New York Times help you out with their list of Books to Bury Yourself In. We've highlighted our favorites below.
The Times kicked off their list with THE GIRL WITH THE STURGEON TATTOO, "a nifty parody due late this summer. Its Goth heroine, Lizzy Salamander, spends Wednesdays kickboxing, Thursdays doing Krav Maga and Fridays memorizing pi. Its muckraking journalist hero, Blomberg, has been asked to stop investigating 'a vast ring of corruption, prostitution and ethnic cleansing involving the prime minister and the CEOs of Volvo, Saab and H&M' and instead write about Abba’s Christmas reunion concert."
"For those disinclined to laugh about the Larsson legacy, there is THE TATTOOED GIRL, a paperback devoted to topics like “Lisbeth Salander, the Millennium Trilogy, and My Mother.” This book is also a guide to Scandinavia’s next crime-writing stars, like the author of THE HYPNOTIST, Lars Kepler. THE HYPNOTIST is a debut novel. It’s the summer’s likeliest new Nordic hit."
"Norb Vonnegut offers a gleeful peek at the world of hedge fund moguls in THE GODS OF GREENWICH, a funny, savvy book that can be as absurd as its title."
"In GONE WITH A HANDSOMER MAN, by Michael Lee West, Teeny Templeton — called Possum Head as a child — catches her fiancé with two other women. Since this is a Southern story in the Steel Magnolia vein, Teeny’s first response is to throw peaches at him. Her second, better idea is to remember that peach seeds contain cyanide."
"THE AMERICAN HEIRESS is also far from fluff. Its author, Daisy Goodwin, has written a Gilded Age period piece (published in England as MY LAST DUCHESS) about an American girl from a Vanderbilt-like family who snags a British title, sort of the way Consuelo Vanderbilt did."
And finally, "BENEATH A STARLET SKY, an outrageously name-dropping novel set at the Cannes film festival, offers a giddier view of France. But it’s the closest thing to BERGDORF BLONDES that can be found this summer. And its authors, Amanda Goldberg and Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper, have that rare gift among today’s few viable chick-lit authors: a sense of humor."