Sticky fingers, sleepless nights and lots of tall drinks with silly umbrellas - summer can be a fairly predictable affair. Your reading list, however, needn't be the same. Here we’ve picked a few out-of-the-ordinary choices for your summer reading, from books that deal with artificial intelligence and sexbots to pioneering narratives that push the form of the novel itself into new territory.

Penguin pick: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

‘Dear Ma, I am writing to reach you - even if each word I put down is one word further from where you are.’ So begins the debut novel from award-winning poet Ocean Vuong, written in the form of a letter from Little Dog, a second generation Vietnamese-American immigrant, to his illiterate mother. In this beautifully evocative novel, Vuong turns his poetic lens to smells, sounds and touches as his protagonist tries to explain, to a mother who cannot really know him, who he is: a young man grappling with life as queer, as an immigrant, and as the inheritor of the trauma of war. 

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