Freshen Up: 10 Books to Add to your Spring/Summer Reading List

The weather’s warming up and it’s time to hit the beach with a good book. So what are the best reads for the season? Here are our top ten picks:

  1. Lean In. If you haven’t read this incredibly motivational piece from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg yet, you’re missing out. This is a must-read for any boss babe working her way up the corporate ladder. Our favorite line? “We need more men at the table – and by that, I mean the kitchen table.”
  2. The Idiot. This brilliant novel from Elif Batuman is a hilarious throwback for anyone who went to college in the 90s as one follows 19-year-old Selin while she fumbles through freshman year at Harvard and begins email correspondence with an older student.
  3. Megatech: Technology in 2050. Fair warning: if you hate reading about science, this isn’t for you. But these series of fascinating essays from the best minds in technology, medicine, science and science fiction offer such a surreal glimpse of our world 30 years from now that we had to put it on the list!
  4. The Fact of a Body. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s part murder mystery and part memoir tells a haunting tale of how one convicted murderer’s case forced her to come to terms with her own family secrets.
  5. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. This short yet powerful read from Chimamanda Ngozi served as a response to a childhood friend of hers when that friend asked her how to raise her daughter as a feminist.
  6. 13 Reasons Why. You’ve binged-watched the show and have read everyone else’s opinion, so why not dive into the novel from Jay Asher that started the phenomenon?
  7. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter. The title of Scaachi Koul’s novel gets right down to the point, doesn’t it? This series of essays about anxieties surrounding life – as well as Koul’s own experience as a woman of color and Indian immigrant emerged in western culture – offers a stark reexamination of what we consider to be societal norms.
  8. Startup. This smart novel from Doree Shafrir follows tech whiz Mack McAllister as he tries to turn his app into a billion dollar business and the personal and professional pitfalls that follow.
  9. The Good Girl. Trust us – the shocking twist of this chilling tale from Mary Kubica will leave you speechless as she takes you through the disappearance – and eventual discovery – of Mia Dennett. We won’t give it away, but you won’t regret bringing this to the beach!
  10. The Vacationers. This easy read from Emma Straub details one family’s two week trip to the island of Mallorca and all of the drama that broils from friends and family.

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