Instead of just reading junk/beach books during the summer (which I certainly also do), I like to tackle some big books, too. Last summer I read A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth, which was the longest book I had ever read at 1474 pages in a small font and narrow margins. Several kind commentors / bloggers have mentioned Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace in the same company as Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is currently #1 on Amy's Top Ten Books of 2005 List. My bulky copy (1079 pages including end notes) of Infinite Jest with its bright orange binding cover has been waiting patiently on the Read Me shelves here in Alaska for at least a year. I haven't been able to start Everything is Illuminated for some reason -- afraid I'll be disappointed if it's not as good as Loud/Close, maybe, or still letting that wonderful book seep into the aquifer of my memory.
I've been reading my Theravada Vipassana Buddhism books, too, which is the type of formal meditation I do, when I do it. Seeking the Heart of Wisdom: the Path of Insight Meditation is a classic, and Dharma Punx and Buddhism without Beliefs are all favorites. All of the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh do me good, too. An End to Suffering: the Buddha in the World keeps sitting at the bottom of my Current Reading pile, but I imagine that I'll get to it before the Summer is over.
I'll keep you posted on my progress as I read my way through Infinite Jest.