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5 Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman

For: Fans of the Franchise and Reality TV Buffs

I’m a pretty recent fan of The Bachelor shows – I watched my first full season last summer – but have become 100% invested in the franchise ever since. So, of course, I pounced on this book when it came out. It’s so gossipy and fun and definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously. But it still asks some good questions: Why are feminists so into The Bachelor? Do the producers go to far? How does no one get STDs while on the show?? It’s a super quick read so it’s perfect to bring along for a long weekend or a plane ride.


The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

For: My White Friends

This book is definitely the heaviest on this list, but it’s also the most important book I’ve read in years. It breaks down the facts about how and why the number of black people in prisons and jails across the United States vastly out weighs the number of white people. It’s a bit on the academic side so prepare to hunker down through some chapters, but it includes some stunning statistics and breaks down how politics (i.e. The War on Drugs, the Supreme Court, etc.) have hit urban black communities especially hard. If you’re upset with what’s happening in America right now and want to get educated, read this.


Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

For: Romance Lovers (and Fans of the Film)

I notoriously do NOT like things that are super hyped, so I was skeptical when it came to Call Me By Your Name. Then fast forward to me bawling openly on a plane while watching the movie and falling totally in love with it. My friend Aoife sent me the book soon after and it’s equally as beautiful and heartbreaking. It’s a quick and steamy read with an ending that’s slightly different than the movie, so I recommend it even if you’ve seen it a million times.


Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

For: The Beach Reader

This is actually the first Jodi Picoult book I’ve ever read and I definitely get the craze now. I was sucked into this one right away and read the whole thing in a few days. I won’t lie, it started to drag towards the end and didn’t quite pack the punch I was looking for, but I would still recommend it as a beach read all the same. Engaging without being too intense and a good dose of mystery and romance. Looking forward to reading another one of her books soon.


Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

For: Feminists and Short Story Lovers

I don’t typically go for short story collections since I tend to like a more cohesive story, but this one was recommended to me so many times I finally caved. I’m so glad I did because it’s amazing. It’s tough to read at times since so many of the stories deal with violence against women and toxic gender roles (so if you’re triggered by that stuff, I would skip this one), but Machado’s stories linger with you and completely defy your expectations. Definitely recommend.


Check out some of my other book reviews: Everything I Never Told You, Year of Yes, Big Little Lies, and Modern Lovers.

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