Sun shining on your face, the sound of waves crashing, the feeling of sand under your feet, and a great book resting in your hands; sounds like the perfect summer to me. There are probably many books you want to dive into this summer, but make sure you add these seven suggestions to your list too.
1. Leave Your Mark – Aliza Licht
This career mentorship book by Licht (aka @DKNY PR GIRL) should definitely be put on the top of your summer book list. Especially if you’re applying for internships, switching careers, or looking to enhance your social media presence, this book is for you. Licht chalks this book full of quizzes (or what she calls “Take a Selfie”), real life examples, first-hand accounts, advice and inspiration to help you rock the business world. Bonus: There is a foreword by the Donna Karan!
2. Girls In White Dresses – Jennifer Close
If you’re in the stage of life when all your friends are getting married and you’re just binge watching Orange Is the New Black and praying your Tinder date doesn’t turn out to be a creep, then this book is definitely one for you. This fun fiction read follows a group of female friends as they attempt to navigate adulthood.
3. What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding – Kristin Newman
On that same note, if all your friends are also having babies and you would rather spend your time traveling and immersing yourself in different cultures, then this is also the book for you. This hilarious memoir by Newman takes you on her journey of self-discovery, steamy foreign hookups and exhilarating adventures. Caution: Reading it will only increase your wanderlust.
4. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
This Pulitzer Prize Winner by Tartt is a lengthy work of fiction that would be the perfect read for a weekend at a cabin in the woods with no cell service. The novel focuses around a boy who lost his mother and follows his journey into his troubling adulthood. With Tartt’s master for storytelling the nearly 800 pages will fly by while reading it.
5. In the Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
Remember reading Judy Blume books when you were younger? They were basically a religion! Well, now you can relive that same love with Blume’s latest novel. This one focuses on many different characters and their experiences through historical events. You will definitely want to read it until the very end.
6. Very Good Lives – J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling can do no wrong. This short read is a speech Rowling gave at the Harvard University 2008 commencement ceremony. If you are a recent grad, this read is perfect for you. Her words speak to your fear of failure and your quest for inspiration. It will provide you with advice and encouragement you may need like only Rowling can.
7. Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner
The epitome of a perfect beach read! This novel follows two childhood besties, Addie and Valerie, through their childhood, to their falling out, to their reunion, all the way to their cross country adventure running from law enforcement. You’ll definitely want to share this read with your best friend.
Please comment below and let us know what’s on your reading list for this summer!