Summer is here! I have been caught laying on the beach on more than one occasion. And, since squinting at our phones is hard with the sun and all, I thought I’d make a good summer reading list. After all, a good book recommendation is always the best. As someone who reads pretty frequently, I constantly have five books in circulation, so I thought I would share them with you.
(Don’t judge me: I read fast, so, having multiple books at a time allows me to dissect a chapter, rather than speed reading through it. I also have a book for different scenarios. For example: I’d rather read an biography before bed instead of a book on social psychology because the biography won’t stimulate my brain into a million different ideas.)
Lately, I have been revisiting some of my favorite classics, such as, “The Great Gatsby” and mixing in poetry and social psychology into the mix. Here are the five books I’m currently circulating.
I actually wrote a post about this book in May, and, I cannot emphasize enough the profound effect it has had on me. It has outlined weaknesses and strengths of mine, and more importantly, it has given me the tools I need to correctly address any situation both personally and professionally. Ladies, please– do yourself a favor and get this book.
I have loved Brianna’s writing since her early Thought Catalog days, and, while she has published a number of books, this book in particular is pure perfection. It’s philosophical, profound, and tailored for any reader. It has helped re-evaluate feelings and has added texture to my life. I carried this book around with me, literally everywhere, for months. I only recently gave it to a friend who I thought needed some of the answers that book holds.
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My love of social psychology shines through with this suggestion. However, anyone who interacts with others on a daily basis should certainly give this a read. It has even inspired a photography project in regards to the ideology of “naive realism”. As evident with my first two suggestions, I firmly believe in self awareness, but, all of that work isn’t worth anything if you don’t understand those around you.
I discovered Cat Marnell and her drug fueled posts when I was 19 years old. I glamorized her life, and, secretly sat in envy that I wasn’t 90lbs and writing about doing angel dust for major publications. Oh, how our teenage brains work. I know, I know. I have eagerly anticipated this book, and, I was surprised at how candid, fluid, and sobering her words were. It’s like watching a train wreck but it having a beautiful ending.
5. Milk & Honey
While my recent New Paltz graduate coworker will tell you this book is “Tumblr” poetry, I tend to disagree. Yes, the poems are simple, and perhaps when you’re twenty two life requires more complexity. However, as someone at the tail-end of my twenties, I have thoroughly enjoyed and resonated with many of Rupi’s words. Bonus: she has a second book being released in October, and I am eagerly anticipating it.
Since I’m almost done with “How to Murder Your Life” I could use another recommendation. Leave yours in the comments.