I am a book nerd. I read on the train, plane, bus, beach, on my couch and under my boyfriend’s arm while he watches netflix. I try to mix it up, make sure I have some variance, but it’s hard to tear myself away from non-fiction. So every year I make a point of diversifying my reading list. Here’s what I’ve got for this summer
1. You Can’t Touch My Hair: and Other Things I Still Have To Explain, by Phoebe Robinson
Phoebe Robinson captured my heart on her collab podcast with Jessica Williams: 2 Dope Queens, and then continued to woo me with her solo project Sooo Many White Guys. Robinson is also a writer on my fav ever show Broad City. So it’s safe to say she’s amazing. This book is a hysterical collection of essays, which I love, makes this book the perfect purse accessory.
2. Neon Soul, by Alexandra Elle
I’ve been on both a self-love and poetry kick for the last year. Alexandra Elle embodies self care, tenderness, and can touch emotional depths with just a few words. On top of that she’s insanely inspiring, and her photography is breathtaking. This book focuses on healing, affirmation and growth. She captures her development as a single mother, her insecurities, and the struggle to develop strong relationships. This is a perfect rainy day read, and if you love it pick up Words from a Wanderer and Love in My Language too.
3. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
No this book isn’t new, but it is the best love story of all time. Okay, so you hated it in highschool, or you thought 100 Years of Solitude was too long and confusing. I promise you that this book is well worth it (okay, the first chapter is not this easiest, but after that it’s amazing). I have two copies of this book: one is in pristine condition that I read when I want to read the whole book, and one is dog-eared and underlined. This book is a testament to all the different types of love in the world, and it should be read by everyone.
4. Theft by Finding, by David Sedaris
David Sedaris released a new series of essays which are collections from his diaries from 1977-2002. He plans on releasing a second volume next year, which is alleged to be years 2003-2017. His essays are humourous and follow his life as a meth-addict art student to a world renowned author, to living as a house-husband in the French countryside. His recollections of his upbringing in true Americana will have you clutching your sides. This book contains essays published in other collections or independently, if you’re new to David Sedaris try picking up Me Talk Pretty One Day.
5. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
I am a ride or die for Chimamanda. I love all her books, her short stories, her novels, her historical fiction, I love it all. This little book is a quick read, essays about personal discovery, power, love, and finding her place in a world run by men. This book is sweet, empowering, and everything we expect from Chimamanda.
What are your summer reads? Tell me your thoughts!