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Greenwich Place Blog, West Warwick, RI Apartments  This month we've got a selection of suggested genres for your summer reading. Plus, we've included some summer-themed titles.


Here at Greenwich Place in West Warwick, RI, we’re headed into full-on summer. For many residents of our apartment community, summer reading is an important tradition. In today’s blog post, we have some suggested genres to round out your reading list. Plus, we have some suggested titles with summer themes.



  • Coming of age is a topic that is often addressed in novels and there are some rather remarkable stories in print that may tug at your heartstrings, cringe at remembered experience, or make you laugh in delight.

  • We all need advice or self-help, and we should have at least one type of non-fiction book on this list, right? Reading something from this list of self-help books can give you the boost you need.

  • Fairy tales are the perfect way to while away time on a lazy weekend. Curl up in the comfort of your apartment and let one of these books take you to a kingdom far, far away.

  • You’ve seen the movie, but have you read the book? Generally speaking, the book is better than the movie; so re-live a favorite movie by reading all the details they couldn’t fit in. We’ll get you started with these books that were made into movies.  

  • When books become the topic of a book, interesting things can happen, take Inkheart, Fahrenheit 451, and The Book Thief —all good books, featuring, well books. Check out this list of 100 Must - Read Books About Books.


Here are a few summer-themed books you may want to check out:


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The story focuses on an impoverished, second-generation Irish-American, girl and her family in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, during the first two decades of the 20th century. A coming-of-age journey many can relate to across the decades.  


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.” (Goodreads)


The Siege of Krishnapur by JG Farrell

“India, 1857--the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of the last fifty years.” (Goodreads)


What books are you planning to read this summer? Let us know in the comments. It’s always nice to get a book recommendation!