Top 5 Summer Reads

By Julia Lorraine Spadaro

Remember books? I do! They’ve helped me to stop being a scroll zombie.

And they’re fun, and you can even learn a thing or two from them. Books are nice, and they are your friends, and they’re safe. But there are so many books out there, it can be difficult to find a good one, one that really makes you want to pick it up every time there’s a lull in your day. I want to share five of those books with you. You’re already reading an article, so chances are you’ll read a book. Here’s my list!

Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
You know, I actually didn’t finish this one because it’s got long chapters and I’ve got a short attention span, but I think I should finish it, and I promise I will (does this damage my credibility as a book reviewer/recommender? Bad start). This book is unnervingly relevant to America’s current struggles. We’re still dealing with the same issues—the fight for women to have equal footing—but this time, you get to learn about the history of feminism and women’s rights through the lens of badass punk musicians.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book may change your life. It may even save you, especially if you are a woman who admires other women, and you are in need of saving. It’s really not that serious a book, though (it’s a fictional tale of a glamorous movie star), but it navigates femininity, family, love, loyalty, and success with sincerity, all through the sparkling lens of an unshakable It girl. (This author is 3 for 3 on my list. If you like this book, read Malibu Rising and Daisy Jones & The Six.)

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
TALK ABOUT A GOOD STORY! This book was so good I even started a book club about it. I know that ‘good’ is one of those weak adjectives they tell you not to use in college essays, but sometimes things are just really, really good. I used to look at Kristin Hannah’s books and quickly look the other way. I think it was because of the basic font and the generic this-could-be-anywhere images, but this book, phew! It’s really good. Everyone I know who has read it has loved it. I laughed, I cried, and I almost moved to Alaska.

Everything Is Fucked by Mark Manson
While the title of this book may appear bleak (like the first few chapters), I urge you to have a read. It’s the perfect accompaniment on a journey to profound inner peace and confidence—if that’s the type of thing you’re into. A cynic might argue that this is just another self-help book, and while it may be of the self-help category, its language is funny and entertaining, making the concepts easier to grasp. The idea I drew from most in Everything Is Fucked is ‘loving what is’: the unconditional acceptance of all life and experience. Desiring reality. If that doesn’t make sense, there’s a whole book about it. Stop wasting time, go pick it up.

Anything and everything Eve Babitz ever wrote
Eve Babitz has lived a fast life and writes like she’s never cared about a single thing while living it. Her style is breezy and effortless, reflective of her Californian roots. LA is a consistent theme in her books, and they all end up being a love letter to California in one way or another. Her stories are similar in tone and theme, but they’re all worth reading, and they’ll make you feel like you’re sitting under the sun on that beach I mentioned in this article’s subheading.

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