My Summer Book Recommendations

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Hello! I decided to take a break from sustainability and affordable style this week to talk about something that gives me unending joy. This week, we’re talking all about some of the books I’ve been reading this summer and why you should read them too. Why? Mostly because I ran out of time to write yesterday, I’ve had several meetings today, and I’m operating on two hours of sleep. So we’re keeping it light.

Click on any of the images to find a copy of the books I'm recommending, or head to your friendly public library to find a sustainable (and free!) copy. 

Without further ado...

Back to the classics

The first piece of classic literature that I ever read was in fifth grade when I picked up Little Women. We were doing a classic literature unit in school, and being the show-off that I was, I wanted to make sure I picked the biggest book out of the options presented. I fell in love instantly with Louisa May Alcott, and read all of her books several times over. If you go to the Geneva Public Library, you’ll see about a decade-long timeframe stamped in the checkout card where I was the only grabbing this collection. This summer, I’m revisiting two of my favorites: Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom. They’re easy reads, filled with an innocence from a simpler time, and they remind me of home.

I still love YA fiction

John Green isn’t my favorite YA writer, but I think his podcast and vlogs are each in their own turn hilarious, insightful, and simultaneously filled with brilliant wisdom and terrible advice. Because of my loyalty to his other mediums, I read all of his books. His newest, Turtles All the Way Down, was by far my favorite of his works. While the plot was just a bit too silly for me, I really liked the protagonist. A sufferer of OCD (as is Green), her narrative is a realistic take on mental illness not often found in books and movies.

Always keep learning

I’ve read Contagious a couple of times, but I love refreshing my memory. I first read this book for an innovation course in grad school, and I learned so much. If you work in business or blogging, this is the read for you. It’s engaging, has the data to back the claims, and it’s so sensible and practical that once you read it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t realize all of it to begin with.

I promised I would take a breather and stay away from business reading for a year after graduating, but since it’s a re-read, it doesn’t really count, right?

If sleep doesn’t really matter to you

Then I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is for you. Written and researched by the late Michelle McNamara, this book follows the dozens of horrifying rapes and murders believed to be committed by the Golden State Killer in California in the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after McNamara’s death, the suspected killer was apprehended, 30 years after his last known crime. Way too scary and impossible to put down, this true crime thriller is one that will have you sleeping with the lights on.

The ultimate book hangover

I had a book hangover for nearly a month after reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It was so good that the thought of trying to find another book to live up to it seemed like an impossible and hopeless task. I am completely smitten with Eleanor. She’s curmudgeonly, eccentric, blunt, and going through one heck of a personal journey. You’re gonna love it.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

Jon Ronson. I can’t get enough of his books. He enjoys absurd people as much as I do, and he loves going down the rabbit hole of a good conspiracy theory. His writing is both informative and witty, and I would love to buy him a drink. I really liked The Men Who Stare at Goats, my pick for this summer, but might I also recommend So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed?

And that’s what I’ve been reading for the past few months! What books do you recommend? Leave them in the comments!