What kind of summer reader are you?
Are you a scavenger? A scholar? Or an escapist? Lume breaks down three common types of summer reader, to provide a curated reading list. From those who plan their book stash more meticulously than their day trips, to those who simply plan to escape in ‘airport novels’, which summer reading camp are you in? Find us on socials and let us know!
The one book you packed only lasted ’til landing. Or it’s that tome you thought you’d finally crack, but still can’t get through. Maybe you planned this? You wanted to save space in your case, or test the tastes of your AirBnb host. Either way, you’re foraging for books.
Your usual preferences and preconceptions go out the window and you borrow your daughter’s YA fantasy. Then go full rogue and pick up the memoirs of a Belgian poet from the hotel lobby. But who cares? You’re on holiday. And holiday reading is a genre unto itself.
While you’d love to lie on the beach and reread your favourite romance, this vacation time has been set aside for serious reading. You’ve planned your reading list and it includes all the classics. Of course, you checked off Anna Karenina and The Great Gatsby years ago, but you’ve scoured the web for lesser-known gems.
The second page looks like pre-reading for a college semester. But you don’t intend to fritter away your holiday time. You’ll be under the parasol furiously flicking pages, and you’re going to come back pale, but wise to the important topics of the world.
You buy most of your holiday reads at the airport. And honestly, you’ve always thought sniffy use of the term “airport novel” was unfair. After all, airports are stressful, boring places – why not improve the experience by allowing yourself the excitement of picking up something to supplement your book stash?
Not to mention, the books themselves – fast-paced thrillers, tightly-plotted mysteries, and tender, tantalising romances – are the perfect accompaniment to those five-hour plane journeys and afternoons on the beach, when all you really need is pure escapism.