We at HuffPost work a lot, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to relax with a good book every once in awhile.

Summer is the quintessential time for reading (as it's the quintessential time for long vacations and slow news). We decided what better time to ask Huffington Post staff members what they're reading right now, what they've read recently and loved, and/or what they're looking forward to reading.

As you can see, we received many eager responses. From George RR Martin to geeky reads like "Tubes," our staff has every base covered for summer reading this year.

What are you reading this summer?

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  • "A Queer And Pleasant Danger" by Kate Bornstein

    Kate Bornstein is a critically acclaimed author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist whose books like "Gender Outlaw" and "My Gender Workbook" have changed the way academics, activists and everyday people think about and conceptualize gender. "A Queer And Pleasant Danger," her first memoir, is, as Bornstein puts it, "The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today." Captivating, emotional and eye-opening, I'm having trouble putting it down long enough to do simple things like brush my teeth or buy more roach killer. -Noah Michelson, Gay Voices Editor

  • "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac

    Strangely enough, whenever I tell people I'm an English major, they ALWAYS ask if I've read Kerouac. I'd like to tell them yes. Plus, I can then semi-intelligently compare the book with the movie when it's released later this year. -Quinn Cohane, Research Intern

  • "Clash of Kings" by George R.R. Martin

    I'm reading the second book in the "Game of Thrones" series, "Clash of Kings." After the second HBO season I knew I needed to get my GOT fix somewhere. Also, I find there's no better way to let the person sitting across from me on the subway know that I'm a total nerd. -Rachel Tepper, Assistant Editor

  • "Penelope" by Rebecca Harrington

    I'm really into "Penelope" by Rebecca Harrington. If you like Jane Austen (I don't) or English humor (I do), you'll really enjoy this up-and-coming young author. -Maxwell Strachan, Business Editor <em>(Note: Rebecca is also the College Editor at HuffPost)</em>

  • "Journey to the Abyss: The Diaries of Count Harry Kessler" Edited and translated by LAIRD M. EASTON

    This book was a gift to me by an incredibly special person who (like me) believes in the magic of diaries. Even when I just flipped through the pages, I found myself on a journey through Kessler's looking glass... I am so excited to dive in. -Lucy Blodgett, HuffPost Live, Huffpost LA

  • "The Twenty-Seventh City" by Jonathan Franzen

    He's from St. Louis, I'm from St. Louis, and the book is set in St. Louis. Plus, it's a tale of political conspiracy, which goes against the typical Franzen theme. It's an old one, but I hope it's a good one. -Chris Spurlock, Infographic Design Editor

  • "Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity" by Joel Stein

    Reading this because Stein's <em>Time</em> column makes me laugh out loud. Also because I'm passionate about gender roles and the concepts of masculinity and femininity in the 21st century. -Tamy Emma Pepin, Blogs Editor

  • "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President" by Candice Millard

    This book interweaves the biographies of President James Garfield, his assassin, and Alexander Graham Bell with a history of 19th century medicine in a really fascinating way. Well-written by an amazing contemporary author, Candice Millard, who also wrote the "River of Doubt," which is about President Theodore Roosevelt's exploration of an unchartered river in the Amazon. -Gregory Rosalsky, DC Intern

  • "The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole" by Stephen King

    One of the most fully realized long-form visions of all time; this one even had a satisfying ending. Getting to spend more time with Roland and his ka-tet is always a treat. I just hope it doesn't make me want to go back and read the series again (and all of the related books)! -Jason Hughes, TV Overnight Editor

  • "In the Garden of Beasts" by Erik Larson

    Larson's previous book, "The Devil In The White City," was a tremendous read, and held me captive to the last page. I was thrown for a loop at the end. Given my interest in long-form journalism, history, and the fact that I loved his last book, I'm poring over this one. -Tyler Kingkade, Assistant College Editor

  • "Dharma Bums" by Jack Kerouac

    The best Jack Kerouac book you've never read. Plus total San Francisco in the 1950s porn. -Carly Schwartz, San Francisco Editor

  • "The Food of a Youngerland" by Mark Kurlansky

    During the post-depression recovery effort, the government formed a Federal Writers Project called "America Eats," which discussed the recipes and food culture in different parts of America. If you love food, history and the good ole U.S. of A., this book is your bible. -Jessica Leader, Assistant Green Editor

  • "The Sun Also Rises" by Ernest Hemingway

    Hey, it's our book club pick. JOIN IN! -Annemarie Dooling, Senior Community Editor

  • "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin

    First of all, it's James Baldwin, so enough said there. I was told it was one of his best novels and I wasn't disappointed. There's something about Baldwin's prose and warm weather, the love, the mystery the tragedy of it all. This book made my train rights way more bearable and made for relaxing Sundays in Prospect Park. -Danielle Cadet, Associate Black Voices Editor

  • "Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon

    I'm currently reading "Istanbul Passage" by Joseph Kanon, author of "The Good German." Thus far, I'm very confused, which is probably the idea in a 1945 spy novel. -Dan Reilly, Spinner.com Editor

  • "Studs Lonigan" trilogy by James T. Farrell

    I recommend the Studs Lonigan trilogy, even though I have only read 2 pages so far. Its ok! -Rebecca Harrington, College Editor

  • "The Best And The Brightest" by David Halberstam

    My first foray into the reporting of Halberstam, maybe the greatest American journalist of the last 50 years, was his book on a year spent with the Portland Trail Blazers, "The Breaks Of The Game." I don't like basketball and have never been to Oregon, yet still loved it. So while a wartime work on the architects of the Vietnam war might not seem like a hot beach read, I have a feeling "The Best And The Brightest" will be the new favorite accessory to my polka-dot bikini. -Ashley Woods, Detroit Editor

  • "The Stepford Wives" by Ira Levin

    Because housekeeping-and-sex robot ladies are just as disturbing as they must have been back in 1972. Reminds me why I bother with all these summer internships! -Eliza Lajoie, Washington DC Intern

  • "Prisoner of Love" by Jean Genet

    I'm reading "Prisoner of Love" by Jean Genet, and "The Sex Which Is Not One" by Luce Irigaray. Neither are beach reads, but one is more comfortable to read on the subway (I'll let you guess which). -Simone Landon, News Editor

  • "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Every teacher I've admired at one point or another commented that The Brothers K was one of the best and most life-changing books ever written so I've had it on the top of my list for a long time. According to my Kindle I'm only 46% through... I'm also on page 410. But there's still August, right? -Jessica Greene, HuffPost Intern

  • "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides

    It's been a loooong time since "Middlesex" but he is one author who is worth the wait. -Jill Adams Supervising Producer, HuffPost Live

  • "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck

    Oh, no reason. -Lucia Graves, Politics Reporter

  • "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" by Carl Jung

    I'm reading "Memories, Dreams, Reflections" by Carl Jung--remarkably personal and artistic story of how he reached a lot of his breakthrough discoveries. -Travis Morrison, Director of Commercial Production

  • "Quiet: The Power of Introverts" by Susan Cain

    I just finished "Quiet: The Power of Introverts" by Susan Cain 'cause as a self-proclaimed introvert, I found great reassurance in learning that most people are also introverts themselves, just pretending to be extroverts. What a relief. I just started "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." It's a fascinating read so far on questioning our society's morals on money, have we gone too far, etc. For example, I can barely tolerate it when a concert venue gets renamed to some conglomerate's brand when their business has nothing at all to do with music. -Amanda Chan, Health News Associate Editor

  • "Feast for Crows" by George R.R. Martin

    HBO's series got me into it, and some crazy stuff went down in the last book, so I can't wait to dive in! -Katharine Lotz, Intern, Huffington Post Weddings

  • "The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy

    Any novel that opens with a man selling his wife in a bar definitely promises to be a steamy summer read. -Danielle Crittenden, Managing Blogs Editor, HuffPost Canada

  • "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell

    Got to before the Wachowski/Twyker movie comes out. -Robert Green, Executive Producer, Huff Post Live

  • "The 500" by Matthew Quirk

    I have been binge-ing on books all year long, especially this summer. Some for work, some for fun. The big "work" books this summer are both about income inequality -- Joseph Stiglitz' "THE PRICE OF INEQUALITY" and Tim Noah's "THE GREAT DIVERGENCE." I've only finished the former -- it leaves you wondering what the Obama administration might have accomplished if they'd had Stiglitz as a top economic advisor instead of Larry Summers (SPOILER ALERT: the country would be in substantially better shape.) As far as those fun beach reads go, there are two books I've enjoyed greatly. Matthew Quirk's "THE 500" is a great political thriller that proceeds from the premise that a common con-man is made of considerably firmer moral fiber than any of the whorish sell-outs that actually wield power in Washington -- a premise that I hold to, tightly. I also loved, greatly, Ariel Leve's stupendously pessmistic and laugh-out-loud hilarious 2010 memoir: "IT COULD BE WORSE, YOU COULD BE ME." Very honorable mentions to Rosecrans Baldwin's "PARIS I LOVE YOU BUT YOU'RE BRINGING ME DOWN," Sheila McClear's "THE LAST OF THE LIVE NUDE GIRLS," and the "MCSWEENEY'S BOOK OF POLITICS AND MUSICALS." -Jason Linkins, Politics Reporter

  • "The Thoreau You Don't Know" by Robert Sullivan

    -Marcus Baram, Senior Editor

  • "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

    Even though my book club inevitably only talks about the book for 15 minutes before we get drunk and eat cheese, our August pick is apparently the must read of the summer that doesn't involve Ben Wa balls. -Anthonia Akitunde, Associate Editor, Post 50

  • "Cronkite" by David Brinkley

    Hoping to learn a thing or two for HuffPost Live from the most trusted man in America. -Jacob Soboroff, Producer, HuffPost Live

  • "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

    I am looking forward to my every-few-years reading of To Kill A Mockingbird, which I find to be the perfect summer reading. I feel like I need to check in on Scout and Dill every few years. I find the book to be much more delightful now that I'm an adult and a parent -- Scout has such an earnest child's view of the world. She makes me laugh. I just started reading James Frey's My Friend Leonard. I haven't forgiven Frey for his Million Little Pieces lies, but I got this book for free at a local coffeeshop and was told by my friend Saja, who is also my book guru (she's got great taste) that My Friend Leonard is a good book. So far, she's right. This book also starts with a lie: Frey was never incarcerated, as he claims in the book, but it's holding up as a fine piece of fiction. -Sharon Carty, Senior Autors Reporter

  • "The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You" by Dorothy Bryant

    Why? Because it's about a society that doesn't recognize waking life as reality, but rather the dreamscape. They wander about in real life as if it's a dream. Therefore, the subconscious is recognized and acknowledged more than our conscious thoughts. It is a fun exploration of humanity. -Catherine Day, Producer, HuffPost Live

  • "In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot"

    I am reading "In Me Own Words: The Autobiography of Bigfoot" for a good laugh. The Amazon book description: America's favorite crypto-zooligical hominid is hilariously recast as the modern-day everyman, struggling with eating disorders, casual cannibalism, pop culture, and philosophical quandaries ("Me once believe in good. Now, no. World go shit, just like Bigfoot screenwriting career.") I'll also be reading the follow up: "Bigfoot: I Not Dead" -Lance Khazel, Producer, HuffPost Live

  • "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five" by John Medina

    I chose it because I know my newborn twins are destined to be little geniuses -- but I'll never, ever tell the other moms at the park. -Teri D'Angelo, Projects Director

  • "What the Nanny Saw" by Fiona Neill

    A beach book (I am off on vacation next week) by the British author of "Slummy Mummy," that doubles as something I need to read for work! It comes out in August. -Lisa Belkin, Senior Columnist

  • "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt

    Reading "The Sisters Brothers" because I feel like I'm the only person I know who hasn't. -Jacqueline Delange, Associate Editor, HuffPost Canada

  • "Alien vs. Predator" by Michael Robbins

    Because it's a book of poetry titled "Alien vs. Predator." Because Robbins knows as much about Iron Maiden and the Warlock Pinchers and Lil Wayne as he does about Dadaism and Rainer Maria Rilke and Paul Muldoon. Because he rhymes phrases like "missile defenses" with "difficult menses." Because it's the first book of poetry I've been excited to read in years. -Matt Ferner, Denver Editor

  • "I Hate Everyone...Starting with Me" by Joan Rivers

    One of the best stand ups of all time is at the top of her game in her 70's. No heckler could ever stand in her way. -Brandon Wetherbee, HuffPost DC

  • The Movement of the Free Spirit" by Raoul Vaneigem

    Heresies and revolutionary rankling against the very beginnings of capitalism in the 13th century lead to radical new thinking about art, sex and love in the pursuit of "pleasure above all else." My kind of people. -Robb Monn, Director of Architecture, Operations

  • "The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies" by David Wilcock

    I'm reading something I found in the Book section's free bin -- "The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies"...It's a New Age book with a whole lot of questionable logic in it so far, in spite of the constant reminders that the author is citing 'real science' from 'reputable, respected science journals.' There are many grains of salt that need to be taken. Still, it's a pretty interesting view of consciousness, and will add a lot to apocalyptic dinner date discussions. -Kevin Burra, Gay Voices Intern

  • "It's me, Eddie" by Eduard Limonov

    Edouard Limonov was kind of a punk that took part in the last Russian streets rebellion and had a crazy and mysterious life, partly in New York and Paris. He's close to the chess champion Gary Kasparov. -Annabel Benhaiem, HuffPost France

  • "Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson: New Women in Search of Love and Power" by Susan Hertog

    Shameless plug for my aunt's recent dual biography of two fascinating, trailblazing journalists who lived through and covered the events leading up to and following World War II, and survived marriages to H.G. Wells and Sinclair Lewis. -Robert Gorell, Interaction Design Lead

  • "The Culture of Narcissism" and "The Minimal Self" by Christopher Lasch

    Timely when first published (hello, Me Decade), Lasch's one-two punch at the American Delusion came with a head-check subtitle for the ages: "Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations." Suckered into thinking material plenty was the measure of man, we fell -- and fall -- into scarcity of spirit, hook, line, and sinker. -James Poulos, HuffPost Live Producer

  • "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

    Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller -- I missed Philip Seymour Hoffman on stage, but wanted to revisit the play...seems like it could have been written yesterday. A Singular Woman, Janny Scott -- Biography of Obama's mother -- I always like the story behind the story... -Catherine New, Business Reporter

  • "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel

    This summer I'm reading last summer's must read "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel so that next summer I can read this summer's must read "Bring Up The Bodies" -Paul Raushenbush, Senior Religion Editor

  • "Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick" by Paul Dickson

    Bill Veeck was a kind of wacky, kind of brilliant baseball franchise owner. He most famously sent a midget to bat. He really ignored tradition and changed how sports teams are run and promoted. When night workers complained about not being able to attend games, he started games at 9 am. When fans complained about vendors blocking their view, he hired midget vendors. He didn't just challenge sports tradition with his promotions, he also hired the first African American player in the American League, Larry Doby, and was an early advocate for interleague play. I've read his autobiography "Veeck As In Wreck" and am looking forward to reading this biography on him. -Jake Bialer, Innovations Editor

  • "From Byfleet to the Bush: The Autobiography of Jacqueline Pearce"

    Growing up in the UK in the 70's you had no choice but to watch Doctor Who, and from 1978 - 1981 it's sister series "Blake's 7". In Blake's 7 the role of villain - Servalan - was played magnificently by Jacqueline Pearce, with this book being her 'warts and all' memoir. -Simon Heseltine, Director SEO

  • "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood" by James Gleick

    I've just finished James Gleick's "The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood." It's a really great look at the history of information and where it's going. It's not inaccurate to say that we are swimming in a sea of information now and Gleick's book looks at how we got here and what it means for communication, society and technology. Basically, I'm a giant nerd. -Ron Nurwisah, Community Manager, HuffPost Canada

  • "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen

    I'm going to read "The Corrections" - I just finished "Freedom" and now want to marry Jonathan Franzen (despite what I can only assume would be his strong resistance to the proposal). -Joanna Zelman, Green Editor

  • "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk

    I just finished "Fight Club." It's a classic that I've never gotten around to reading, but I'm glad I finally did! I'd love to see the movie now. -Hannah Orenstein, Teen intern

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