End of summer reading list

We read these books this summer so you can too!

Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t still get down with some beach reads. September might be the perfect time for you to sit down with a rad book and feel productive and motivated and inspired. Here are our top five favorite books we read this summer!

This book is spectacular because it has the 3 S’s: science, swear words and strong female characters. It’s also just sci-fi enough without being too sci-fi, you know what I mean? It’s like if the top Physics professor at MIT and your inappropriately hilarious PE teacher from high school decided to write a book together. The story essentially follows a series of word problems that this dude Mark has to solve to save his life, but then he explains it back to you using all the “fucks” and “shits” a girl could ask for.

Sometimes I get caught up in stories about white protagonists doing cool shit and after reading five books in a row about white fictional characters, I need to find something to cleanse my pallet, this book was perfect for that. Not only was it an incredible love story spanning almost two decades of the protagonists, Ifemelu, life, but it was unapologetically black. Although the main character is Nigerian, the way she talks about and experiences blackness in both Nigeria and the States incredibly relatable. It’s a long story, but every moment is worth reading.

George Mother Fucking Watsky! Since we’re both from the bay we love supporting our own and Watsky is definitely one of us. If you don’t know he’s an incredibly talented spoken word poet and rap artist from San Francisco. (Please do yourself a favor and check out his Youtube page.) and now to add to his list of accomplishments, he’s also an author. His debut book is full of personal essays written in such an intriguing and often poetic way. I found myself many times halfway through an essay asking myself “Wait this story started out like this, why are we talking about baseball?” and then immediately would come full circle. For someone who hasn’t written a book before, this was impressive to say the least.

If you like unreliable narrators and want to listen to some creepy shit, look no further than You. Written from the perspective of Joe Goldberg, a twenty-something working at a Brooklyn bookshop, Joe instantly falls for Beck, a grad student at Brown just casually shopping for books. Little does Beck know that all their chance encounters weren’t really chance at all. Joe follows Beck around and gets to know her most intimate details before she officially meets him outside of the bookshop. I don’t want to give too much away, but this book really makes you realize the power of perspective. I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audiobook.

We’re both huge fans of self-improvement and Gretchen Rubin’s books are perfect for a little summer self-important and self-reflection. The Happiness Project was the first book and it’s all about Gretchen’s experience in her attempt to gain more happiness. Although it’s about her journey, it’s really easy to learn from her experiences and replace her goal with your own. She really outlines and breaks down her progress making it simple to create your own Happiness Project. Better than Before has many of the same themes as the Happiness Project, but focuses more on habit forming. What I liked most about these books was how accessible they were. We don’t relate to Gretchen in any way (We’re not mom’s, successful authors or live in Manhatten), but we love self-improvement and how it can be applied to everyday life.

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