We’re almost halfway through summer and the clock is ticking on that brief window of blissful reading by the pool, lake or beach.

Wondering what to read next this summer? The staff of The Washington Post’s Book World provided their recommendations on Wednesday, July 2.

Read the full transcript below.

Sign up for The Post’s weekly Book Club newsletter, a selection of book reviews and recommendations from Ron Charles.

Teddy Amenabar, an editor on The Post’s audience team, produced this Q&A.