Happy summer reading

June 08, 2018


Congratulations! You’ve voyaged through another school year full of the triumphs, challenges, and sweet surprises of international life. Thank you for all your hard work – you deserve to completely enjoy this summer. 

But what’s a good summer without good books? We've gathered the ISS staff’s top recommendations to get your reading list started:

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan 

  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 

  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien 

  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Alfred Lansing (especially the Simon Prebble audiobook version!)  

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 

  • The Lost City of the Monkey Gods by Douglas Preston 

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 

  • The Outsider by Stephen King 

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty 

  • The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve 

  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Anne Patchett 

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

  • New Media Reader edited by Nick Montfort and Noah Wardrip-Fruin 

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

Whether you’ll be enjoying these books at beaches, backyards, or international airport terminals, we wish you happy summer reading!