Summer unofficially started last Monday, bringing with it all the goodness of the new season-- sunshine, beaches, road trips, cook-outs, and summer Fridays. For bibliophiles, summer is particularly great, because longer daylight hours and more free time translate into more reading time.
But sitting down in the sand with a beach read is so much more than a form of entertainment. Whether you're lounging by the shore flipping through chick lit or nose-deep in a gritty mystery at the pool, your summer read speaks volumes about your personality. We had some fun determining what your summer read says about you -- check it out below, and choose wisely, book lovers!
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Forget summer romance -- you'd much rather spend the next three months sipping mai tais with your best friends. You're loyal, always putting others' needs above your own. Chances are, you've been the Maid of Honor in several weddings (and have never once complained about the hideous dresses you've had to wear!).
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
You're glamorous and indulgent. "Luxury" is your middle name, and while your summer may not be spent basking in sun on the French Riviera, you're going to do your best to pretend that the public beach you frequent in New Jersey is the real thing. However, you realize all is definitely not as it seems (thanks to the fist-pumping, overly-tanned local who just walked past your umbrella).
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
You have a lot of feelings, and aren't afraid to express them. All the time. Like, on the beach when your friends are playing volleyball... and you're laying on a towel, sobbing into your ereader.
Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
Usher said it best.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
There's a lot more to you than meets the eye. To acquaintances, you seem simple and sweet, but there's a risk-taker hiding behind that smiling facade. You like cheap thrills, and if anyone dares to wrong you -- well, may they proceed with caution.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Ever since age 16, you've been the queen bee, enjoying the spotlight long past adolescence. But popularity isn't everything to you, and because you're such a well-rounded person, you never let your social status get to your head.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
You're not a total downer, but you definitely see the dark side of things. Your friends see only sand and sun -- but you see Pennywise the Clown, lurking behind the concession stand. *Shudders*
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
You're all business. You plan to work throughout your summer beach vacation... that is, if you even make it to the beach. In fact, you're not even sure you can finish this book before summer ends. There are emails to be answered, after all!
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
You're a problem-solver. Nothing comes easy in life, and you work hard to find solutions to life's biggest challenges.
Jaws by Peter Benchley
You're a worrywart. "Better safe than sorry" is your life motto. If that thing is lurking in the ocean, you're certainly sticking to the pool this summer. Then again, can chlorine really be trusted to kill bacteria? Let's just rule out swimming at all this season.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
You hate summer.
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