Summer is in full swing and that means pools, barbecues, road trips and a break from school—except if you’re one of those people tasked with the dreaded summer reading list. However, you might be surprised to know that some of your favorite bands read a ton on their own. Read on to find out what members of Senses Fail, Silverstein, Ghost Thrower, letlive., A Loss For Words, Hot Water Music and others enjoy reading during those long, boring drives—or in between tours.

Kevin Devine

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

I am currently in the middle of three books and moving slowly: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, Marable Manning’s book on Malcolm X, and a book called The Ethical Slut about challenging what we broadly accept as normal or correct social sexual relations. 



When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

At home, it’s on the subway and before I go to bed. On tour it used to be constantly, whenever I wasn’t driving the van.  Now, with smart phones, it’s whenever I guilt myself into actually doing it. 



How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

I actually got a Kindle as a Christmas present from my manager and his family.  The David Foster Wallace and Manning books I’m reading on there. The other one [The Ethical Slut] is a physical copy.

What is your all-time-favorite book?

I am really bad at answering questions like that. I’m spooked by anything so all-encompassing. It feels too declarative. I guess it’s probably something kind of cliché; something I’ve been in love with since adolescence like [J.D. Salinger’s] Nine Stories or something.  I’ll tell you my favorite book I’ve read this year: Just Kids by Patti Smith.  Beautiful, generous, highly recommended.

Jonas Ladekjaer of Emarosa

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

Right now I am reading The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which talks about preparing yourself for death and why it is so important in order to live your life to the fullest. It’s heavy stuff!

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

I have been getting in the habit of waking up early and reading for a while, preferably outside, before getting ready for the day. On the fall AP Tour last year, I spent many hours reading in my bunk at night after hitting the road.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

Old-school all the way! There’s something much more appealing about owning and reading out of a physical copy to me. Even if I borrow a book from somebody, I’ll usually end up buying it myself if I like it.

What is your all-time-favorite book?

So far it’s the book I am reading right now, [The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying] no doubt.  It’s a life-changing experience for me, as well as our drummer, Lukas [Koszewski], who is reading it too.  I highly suggest for anyone to read it.

Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

The last book I read was Game Of Thrones, and I am now on the second book of the series called Clash Of Kings.

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

On the subway and bus to and from work.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

Old school. I really don’t like reading on the Kindle or any of those other electronic readers.

What is your all-time-favorite book?

Women by Charles Bukowski.

Colin Corley of So Many Ways

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

The last book I finished was called Dark Prophecy by Anthony Zuiker.  It’s the second book in the Level 26 series, which I'm really into. 

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

I find myself reading the most whenever I get bored or if I get recommended a good book by one of my friends.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

Old school, all the way!

What is your all time favorite book?

My favorite book of all time would probably be the first book in the series I previously mentioned called Level 26. When I first bought it, I couldn't put it down and finished it in thirty six hours or so. 

Mike Adams of A Loss For Words

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

I actually just started H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.  I’ve read The Island of Dr. Moreau, Invisible Man, and The Time Machine, and really enjoyed them, so this was one I’ve been looking forward to.

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

I don’t drive much on tour, so I do read a lot on the road, but when I’m home from tour I sit around and read most of the time. I’m a bum.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

I have a Kindle, which might be the love of my life. People are anti-eReaders because not much can replace the feel and the smell of an old or beaten-up book, but when you live out of a backpack and on the road, it’s just way more convenient. Plus, on my Kindle I can stay on Facebook and Twitter at the same time as I read. Free 3G baby!

What is your all-time-favorite book?

That’s a really hard question. When I was a kid, it was definitely Maniac Magee, but I’d have to say now it would be The Stand by Stephen King.  He really is the best!  Or as cliché as it is, For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Billy Hamilton of Silverstein

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

I recently started reading Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse. My best friend gave me a copy for Christmas, as it’s her favorite book, and I’ve finally gotten around to reading it.

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

Touring internationally usually gives me a lot of time to read in airports and on planes, so I find that’s when I do the most reading.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

I'm still kicking it old-school!

What is your all time favorite book?

I think Killing Yourself To Live by Chuck Klosterman is my favorite book. It is written as a traveling diary by a music snob and heavily romanticizes nostalgia—which is all super relatable for me. I started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. I think I finished it in two sittings.

Sean Stockham of Middle Class Rut

What is the last book you read or are currently in the middle of reading?

True Grit.

When and where do you find yourself reading the most?

The only time I get a chance to read is on long van drives or on [an] airplane.

How are you reading: old-school or eBook (e.g., Kindle, Nook, etc.)?

All of the above. I read magazines, books made of paper, and eBooks on my iPad. I prefer the old fashioned way to the eBooks.

What is your all time favorite book?

Little Critter: I Was So Mad, by Mercer Mayer.