Summer is here! In fact, we’re already digging our toes into the dog days of summer. It’s hot and sticky, and the days are long. Usually the long days mean lots of reading outside – by the pool, near the ocean or in the park. With all these longer days you would think I’d have read more books by now. Yet, I’ve only managed to finish reading two. My reading list has been heavy on the non-fiction lately. I’m excited to change things up with a stack of fiction reads for the rest of summer. Here’s my summer reading list:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain • Ever since I heard Susan Cain’s powerful TED talk, I’ve wanted to read her book. She made me realize while I may have trained myself to act like an extrovert in social situations (let’s face it, it’s an extrovert’s world out there), deep down I’m truly an introvert and draw energy from moments of solitude.
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi • TIME magazine named this book one of the top 10 books of 2009, but I think it was a Wired magazine bookshelf Instagram that turned me on to the author. Set in future Bangkok, the novel suggests what life might be life if calories were currency and bioterrorism was real.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai • Malala captivated me with her grace and humility during her interview with Jon Stewart. She bravely stood up to the Taliban and fought for her right to an education.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith • After it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was really a pseudonym for Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, I wonder how many people actually read the book description before they dove into this book? It’s juicy crime novel encompassing an investigation into supermodel’s suicide, and I’ve heard nothing but praise around it.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith • J.K. Rowling is on a roll publishing her second crime novel in this series. It makes sense to read them back to back, no?
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick • From the author of The Silver Linings Playbook comes a story about a man who has lived with his mother for 38 years until she gets sick and dies. Now he’s flung out into the world attempting to create a life of his own. Quick is said to have beautifully weaved a story around his characters that is not only humorous, but also inspiring.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker • I am fascinated by post-apocalyptic fiction in bizarre way that I don’t even understand. Like the R.E.M. song, it’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine).
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta • Who isn’t talking about HBO’s new TV series The Leftovers? I feel compelled to read the book before I dive into yet another series.
The Vacationers by Emma Straub • I read an excerpt from this book and discovered it was set in Mallorca. I can’t help but feel nostalgic when anyone mentions the beautiful Balearic island, and, better yet, it sounds like the perfect summer read.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso • Amoruso shares how she grew her vintage clothing business on eBay into a $100 million fashion retail business with 350 employees that ships to 60 countries. It helps that she’s upfront and cheeky about her whole experience too.
Euphoria by Lily King • Based on the adventures of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria tells the story of three anthropologists and their tumultuous relationships. I’m in it for a peek at other fascinating cultures and a good read, of course.
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton • There was much fanfare around Hillary’s latest book. I figure if Hillary is to run for president in 2016, I’m interested in getting inside her head and better understand her motivations. Not saying I’m voting for her.
What are you reading this summer?