Hello friends! Did you make time this summer to sit down and relax with a good book? Summer and winter are the months when I try to read even more. And one of my favorite activities is searching for book recommendations. And while I love browsing Goodreads, a week ago I asked on Instagram (stories) what your best reading recommendations are. So, relax, make yourself a delicious cooling drink and enjoy our top 10 reading recommendations for the summer of 2021.
If you have a good reading recommendation that isn’t on the list, I’d love to read them in the comments below.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab
This book has been recommended more than once to me.
France, 1714: a young woman is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she will ever meet. The story is an adventure across centuries and continents, across history and art. Everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan
This book is described as an intimate, bracingly intelligent debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyer. It’s politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny. A novel attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love.
Luster – Raven Leilani
This book won the Dylan Thomas prize in 2021. Luster is a portrait of a young woman trying to make sense of her life―her hunger, her anger―in a tumultuous era. It is also a haunting, aching description of how hard it is to believe in your own talent and the unexpected influences that bring us into ourselves along the way.
No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood
This book (shortlisted for the Women’s prize) is about the internet and what it is doing to our minds and hearts. It takes a deep dive into the black hole of social media, then confronts real-life tragedy and transcendence.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is an aging Hollywood movie icon who is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. As Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
I’m currently reading this book and I’m halfway. You guys LOVED this book! I have to say, once you get into the story it’s hard to put down.
Crying in H Mart – Michelle Zauner
This is a memoir about growing up Korean American Michelle, about her losing her mother, and forging her own identity. I loved this book. It’s raw and painful to read, but so beautiful.
Less – Andrew Sean Greer
This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2018 and is a favorite of many of my book buddies. This book is about a struggling novelist who travels the world to avoid an awkward wedding. This is a hilarious novel full of lyricism and beauty.
The Discomfort of Evening – Marieke Lucas Rijneveld
Jas lives with her devout farming family in the rural Netherlands. One winter’s day, her older brother joins an ice skating trip; resentful at being left alone, she makes a perverse plea to God; he never returns. As grief overwhelms the farm, Jas succumbs to a vortex of increasingly disturbing fantasies, watching her family disintegrate into a darkness that threatens to derail them all.
This book won the International Booker Prize in 2020. A lot of you recommended it. I bought it and never got to reading it because this book seems to be pretty heavy. However, this summer might be the time to start reading it. According to many of you, the writing is beautiful.
There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job – Kikuko Tsumura
Another Asian book I will read this summer (can you tell I like Asian literature?) They say this book is like a mix between the books ”Convenience Store Woman” and ”My Year of Rest and Relaxation”. I enjoyed both books, so I can’t wait to dive into this strange, compelling, darkly funny tale of a woman’s search for meaning in the modern workplace.
Calypso – David Sedaris
What a lovely read this was! This book is deeply personal and darkly hilarious. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris’s darkest and warmest book yet.
Want more? In case you are interested, I write longer and more detailed reviews on Goodreads, so feel free to add me there. Happy Summer, friends!
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