Too warm to sleep, just right for reading: these books will get you through the summer holidays. Editor’s reading tips.

Many think that reading is mainly done in the dark season. We don’t think so. Lying on the balcony, in the hammock or on the bed with the windows open, listening to the swallows calling and finally getting through more than three pages before falling asleep – reading can hardly be more relaxing, especially not if you right books for it.

Rebecca Solnit: Orwells Rosen