6 books you need to read before summer ends
I am a big reader, always have been. I was the gal that went to her English teacher and asked for extra summer reading lists, additional book assignments, and was writing my favorite authors asking them to come speak at my school or sign my copy. Now, as an adult, reading has become a total luxury. It's that sacred time where you can snuggle up on the sofa & dive, head first, into a whole new world. Twenty minutes with a good book is one of my favorite indulgences – add in a glass of wine or a bathtub and it's all 'life made' over here.
What have you been reading? I want to know! Book club anyone?
- THE SHARING ECONOMY
Hailed by my incredibly savvy friend, Anne, this is all about the end of employment (as we know it) & the rise of crowd based capitalist. Brilliant economist, Arun Sundararajan, breaks down this newly organized economy where we make money by "sharing" assets, peer-to-peer commercial exchange (i.e. Uber, Lyft, AirBnb, etc.)
- BIG MAGIC
Since reading this I have recommended it to everyone I know, given it as gifts countless times, and have quotes written on post-it notes all over my house. If you are in a rut & need a change, frustrated with your current creative situation, or just need a little kick in the ass to help you get up and do all those things you've been dreaming about – this is it. It's the best friend pep-talk you never knew you needed and then some.
- THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
Described by our fabulous Editorial Assistant, Courtney, as "if you haven't read this, you haven't lived." Intensely personal, deeply honest, and wildly cathartic for anyone going through loss, grief, or personal issues. While you might want to keep a box of tissues nearby, don't let that deter you from this classic Joan Didion memoir.
- 100 YEARS OF THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES
If you aren't a big reader, don't have time to get into a new book, or just want something short before bed or during the commute, this is it. While a bit hefty in size, you read stories you might normally pass over, fall in love with authors you probably haven't heard of, and get an incredible peak into the literary climate of each decade. It's so good. It's also the perfect gift for any bookworm on your list.
- YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT
This book is absolutely hysterical. I mean, just read the back cover description: Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" ("Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds"). A riot, right?! If you a looking for a feel good read or love other hysterical memoirs, this is right up your alley.
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Every year at the end of August, I read To Kill A Mockingbird. It is absolutely one of my favorite books & one that deserves to be revisited time and time again. If you haven't read it since 8th grade (or whenever it was assigned at school), it's absolutely worth a re-read. It will impact your life in the best way.
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