Top 7 Books to Read at the Cabin this Summer

Settle in by the lake at the cabin and dive into some summer page-turners! There’s nothing like setting up your summer reading list, stopping by the library or the bookstore, and heading up to the cabin. Here are ten books you’ll want to add to your summer reading list. 

1. The Great Mistake by Jonathan Lee

This novel follows the life and death of the man who built Central Park in New York. This tale of how nature can transform a bustling city will be a great start as you transition into summer cabin life. 

2. A River Called Time by Courttia Newland

If you’re looking for something to make you think and wonder “what if,” this book explores two different versions of London, one where colonialism and slavery never happened and one as we know it today. This will be sure to have your brain spinning and get you talking with your family, friends, and neighbors.

3. Many Different Kinds of Love by Michael Rosen

This inspiring and heartfelt true story follows a man’s 47-day journey of being sick with COVID-19 as he is taken care of by his wife and the nurses and care workers who saved his life. 

4. Beach Read by Emily Henry

An easy “by-the-lake” read, this novel follows two writers who find themselves with writer’s block and decide to switch books and teach each other the ins and outs of their polar opposite genres. This one will give you all of the good lake vibes you’re looking for.

5. The Wilderness Idiot: Lessons from an Accidental Adventurer by Ted Alvarez

If you think that the Great Outdoors just isn’t for you, but you admire others who make it their hobby, then this book is for you. The author tells the tales of saying “yes” to activities where he might get hurt or severely embarrassed and how by stepping outside of our comfort zone, we can find new confidence and new hobbies we didn’t know we could.

6. The Women by T.C. Boyle

Following the famous Wisconsin-born architect Frank Llyod Wright as told from the perspective of a fictional architect, this book walks through Wright’s relationship with the four women in his life. If you’re looking for a little bit of Wisconsin history in a novel-style format, you won’t be disappointed.

7. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler

Set in the fictional small Wisconsin town of Little Wing, Butler’s novel follows four childhood friends as they grow up, change, get married, have children, and test their life-long friendships. This book is a beautiful picture of Small-town Wisconsin life and has the potential to provoke nostalgia for your younger days. 

Enjoy reading on your cabin porch, on the boat, or at the lake this summer in the Northwoods of Wisconsin!