Summer Reading Recommendations From A New York Times Bestselling Author


The glorious season of summer is finally upon us. Weekends at the pool, vacations to the beach, new episodes of Game of Thrones — these are the things that make life worth living.

While you’re out enjoying the sunshine and working on your tan in the next few months, you’ll need a good book or two to stimulate your mind and keep you company. Not to brag, but I am a New York Times bestselling author, and as such, am more qualified than any other living human to give you summer reading recommendations. Facts only.

So, without further ado, here are a few pieces of literature that I have read during the course of my life that I guarantee will leave you not only more enlightened as a person, but thoroughly entertained and even more attractive than you are right now.

1. In the Woods

I just finished In the Woods and it was one of the best novels I’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. If you’re into crime stories and/or mysteries, this shit right here is for you. It’s about two Irish detectives investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl, and that’s all I’m choosing to say. This one had me locked in big time. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.

2. The Postmortal

Drew Magary is mostly known for being a funny sports blogger and humor writer, which is why I was intrigued when he dropped this in 2011. Turns out, he’s a damn good novelist as well. I’ve read The Postmortal twice in the past few years, and it has become an all-time favorite of mine. The premise revolves around the discovery of a cure for aging, and the whole book is very creatively put together unlike anything I’d ever read before. And because it’s written by Drew Magary, it’s definitely not devoid of humor. I highly recommend it.

3. Decoded

If you’re a big fan of Jay Z, or at the very least a fan of rap who can respect his impact on the game, Decoded is a must-read look into the life and lyrics of one of the most influential musicians in history. Shit is awesome. Also, if you go with the more expensive but badass hardcover version, it looks baller on your desk and lets people know you have at least some level of street credibility.

Enjoy these gems, and I’ll drop some more reading recommendations on you good people soon.

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Ross Bolen

Ross Bolen is a New York Times Bestselling author, co-host of the Oysters, Clams & Cockles: Game of Thrones podcast, co-host of the Back Door Cover sports podcast, 2017 Masters attendee, bigger and more loyal Rockets, Astros and Texans fan than you, cheese enchilada aficionado, and nap god.

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