Now that I am finally on vacation and don’t have mandatory readings or papers due weekly, I can finally get bucket reading for the enjoyment of i rather than for a grade. I am an avid reader and love nothing more than starting a book only to realize that several hours have passed and that I have been lost in a fictional world.
I love biographies, memoirs, true crime stories, novels – I love them all! The beginning of summer is generally the time I use to catch up on all of the books that I have been adding to my “must read” list that I keep stored on my phone (it is never-ending and only gets bigger, despite the amount of books I keep crossing off of it).
Here’s a list of the books that are on my list of must-reads this summer, including a few I’ve already managed to cross off my list because they were too good to not share!
Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two months, you’ve heard of this book. You may not have been aware that it was originally a novel since HBO just released a TV show based on it but let me tell you, it is not to be missed. This is one of the novels I already finished, but it was too good to not be on this list. Set in a small town in Australia, three mothers are bonded together on their children;s first day of kindergarten and their lives play out over the next nine months. Some of the topics covered are teenage angst, blended families, domestic violence, abuse, rape, and so much more. The appeal of this book is that every character in the novel is relatable in some way. Written by Liane Moriarty, the characters are all written with such genuine vulnerability that anyone could relate to some of their feelings or thoughts or their fears.
It was turned into a TV show for a reason; this book is powerful. The difference amongst the characters are vast, yet throughout the novel there is a sense of female empowerment and females banding together. Yet even though that their is the cattiness and dictate for others that appears in everyday life. It is realistic and moving.
How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir – Cat Marnell
I love reading books about people who work/worked in the fashion industry. It’s the industry where I plan on growing my career and there is something so addicting about reading about people who are where you want to be – especially when they are in the fashion industry in New York City. This is a memoir of a prescription pill addicted beauty editor who went from posh boarding school’s to Conde Nast. Someone who helped run beauty departments by day and frequented seedy clubs in a prescription induced high. Someone who manipulated doctors into giving her pill after pill after pill. It is the story of her life journey from self-loathing bulimic, depressed addict to where she finds herself today. This is already queued up in my Kindle and is next on my list.
The Circle – Dave Eggers
Picture Facebook meets Google meets Amazon and this is the best way to describe the fictional company that is The Circle. Known as the world’s most powerful technology and social media company, Mae Holland is ecstatic when she is chosen to work there. Though her position is entry level, she quickly rises through the ranks and makes herself know to the most senior of members of The Circle. They’re mission is for the world to be constantly monitored with the belief that if everyone is monitored all the time, they will be on their best behaviour. That secrets are selfish and that transparency is the best way for society to continue. Mae finds herself sucked up in the world of the Circle, slowly isolated from all of her family and friends and getting deeper and deeper into this world on transparency and control. With the way social media has taken over much of our current society, reading this novel feels like this is not such a farfetched reality and the way that our society could be headed to. Suspenseful and eerie are the best ways to describe this book, definitely hard to put down. Also worth noting that the movie adaptation of this book came out recently staring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks.
Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
I LOVE Kevin Kwan. I have already read both his books Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend and I could not put either of them down and would catch myself actually laughing out loud at them. His sense of humour is amazing and he writes from real life experience dealing with the rich and powerful. This novel is somewhat of a continuation from his other two books and enters around the rich and famous Shang-Young family. With more money than 20 generations could spend, their matriarch is on her death bed and everyone is in a rush to ensure they get the biggest inheritance. All of Singapore is watching and waiting while this dysfunctional family tries to fight (mainly each other) for what they feel is theirs and what thy feel they deserved. And this isn’t your run-of-the-mill “I want grandma’s pearls” type of disagreement. This goes more along the lines of “that island should be left to me!”. Both of Kwan’s previous books were hilarious and I cannot wait to pick this one up!
Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling
I adore Mindy Kaling. I will be as basic to say that she IS my spirit animal. Whether it’s her alter ego Mindy Lahiri or the real Mindy Kaling, I cannot stop loving her! She is so sarcastic and funny and embarrassingly honest about her own flaws. Her latest book, Why Not Me? has been on my reading list forever. I haven’t had a chance to actually sit down and read it but I have been meaning to and decided this summer that I most certainly will. A follow up from her debut book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” (which was actually a suggestion on a previous reading list I wrote) this continues her journey through life as a sarcastic, witty female comedian living life in an industry where women who aren’t white and skinny are often overlooked or ignored. She talks about her friendships, relationships, her experiences with society’s obsession with the weight of actresses and all the craziness that she experiences in her Hollywood life. Her sarcasm and wit get me every time.