If you're looking for some breezy summer reading, may I recommend this 300+ page political science tome about the failings of traditional theories of democracy? Democracy for Realists is dense, with footnotes and citations aplenty, but its indictment of common understandings of how democracy works is clear and persuasive.
The authors argue that there is very little evidence that shows voters have logical, or even consistent, ideologies or policy preferences that are reflected in their voting behavior. Additionally, while there is some correlation between how politicians perform (ex: how the economy is doing) and how subsequent elections play out, voters are also prone to attributing bizarre, unrelated events to politics. One funny example of this that they cite is Woodrow Wilson losing his home state in his second presidential election, in part, due to shark attacks that took place there during his first term. Ultimately, they conclude that most people's politics and resulting votes are rooted in their different social identities and sense of allegiance to a party more than anything else.
My analysis: this all a total bummer, but it makes sense! The argument put forward here seems incredibly important, as it pushes back against some types of political reforms (like putting legislation up to ballot initiatives) that are advanced under the notion of putting "more democracy" into place in order to solve society's ills. It also serves as a much needed reminder that I have my own personal biases and blinders that probably prevent me from looking at policy issues objectively.