The temperature is rising, and as summer truly gets started there’s nothing we love to do more than relax with a good book. Whether we’re by the pool, waiting for our buds, or hiding in the nearest air conditioned building, there’s nothing like losing yourself in a great story. We’ve put together a dreamy summer reading list filled with classic sci-fi, seminal manga, brand new graphic novels, and spooky thrillers to keep you entertained all summer long!
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
If you love a good thriller, then
Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi
One of the most beloved manga of all time, this feudal fairy tale is magical. It all begins when young Kagome falls into her family’s well and is transported back to feudal Japan… so if you’re looking for an escape to another time this summer, make sure you pick up this classic tale.
Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
Nalo Hopkinson is one of the most fantastic speculative fiction writers working today, and she’ll soon be taking on the iconic world of
Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is incredible, and her teen Leia book is a total joy. We join Leia as she heads towards her 16th birthday, and Gray builds on the icon we know and love as well as introduces vital new canon all set against the background of the era just before
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This post-apocalyptic retelling of
Supergirl: Being Super by Joelle Jones, Mariko Tamaki, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Saida Temofonte
Maybe the best Supergirl comic ever,
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
There’s no book quite like
Angelic by Si Spurrier, Caspar Wijngaard, Jim Campbell, and Emma Price
This gorgeous take on the post-apocalypse is one of the loveliest and most thought-provoking comics of the last few years. Set on a post-human Earth,
Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
No reading list, no matter what time of year, is complete without Octavia Butler. One of the best speculative fiction writers of all time, Butler is a legend. Her novel
Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
This lovely series is a fun and fresh manga that centers on a young woman named Tsukimi Kurashita, who lives in an apartment block filled with “otaku” women.
F*ck Off Squad by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux
Baker and Goux are two of the hardest working people in comics, and their gorgeous direct market debut hits shelves this summer from Silver Sprocket.