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PAN Summer Reading List 2020: Stay at Home Edition

Ariel Burch Novak

For the last eight years, we have shared a PAN Summer Reading list with book recommendations for leisurely days by the beach or pool. This year is different in many ways, and we’ve decided to instead share a list of books a little early to hopefully keep readers entertained, uplifted and distracted during the social distancing era.

There are still many ways to access books even when staying at home. Libraries are offering e-books and audiobooks, and bookstores are offering new pickup and delivery options. Audible is also providing a fantastic resource to parents, with a collection of children’s books available for free. More than Words has set up an online bookstore, with all proceeds going toward empowering youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

Read on for top picks from PAN employees.

summer reading list 2020

Memoirs stand out as the most popular genre for our quarantine reading:

We’re also catching up on business and other non-fiction books:

Several of us are digging into contemporary novels:

We’re also escaping into thrillers:

  • The Deserter by Nelson DeMille and Alex DeMille is a “ripped-from-the-headlines” thriller that follows an army investigator, the first in a new series.
  • The Girl Before by JP Delaney, a New York Times Bestseller that is drawing comparisons to Gone Girl.
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, a highly-acclaimed mystery and much-anticipated movie.
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, a psychological thriller described as a mix of Hitchcock, Agatha Christie and Greek tragedy.

There’s never been a better time to read, or re-read a classic (and then grab some popcorn to watch the new film adaptation!):

What are you reading? Check out our previous lists here:

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