Happy National Book Lovers Day!
To celebrate our love of books and stories, here are 5 of our staff picks for you to check out and possibly add to your summer reading pile:
1. The Island by Victoria Hislop
Leprosy, love, and family secrets. Victoria Hislop’s book evocatively whisks you away to the Grecian island of Crete and the isolated island of Spinalonga, also known as the Leper Island.
Alexis Fielding uncovers the secret past her mother has always hidden from her, as the history of her grandmother’s family unfolds, revealing secrets of love, war, disease, and their deep connection to the island. “The Island” is an enthralling beach read you’ll hang onto long after you leave the beach.
2. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
“The half-life of love is forever.” Diaz fearlessly writes, using uncensored language from the perspective of Yunior, a man who has no male role models in his own life who have not cheated on their partners. An interesting book that will tug on your heart-strings, Diaz tells several short stories about love that everyone can relate to, touching on themes of passion, infidelity, cancer, and the one who got away.
3. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Have you ever wondered about how romance has changed over time, especially in the age of internet? Aziz Ansari humorously narrates as he explores modern-day romance based on his extensive sociological research of relationships using focus groups in Los Angeles, Tokyo, Wichita, Monroe (New York), Buenos Aires, New York City, Paris, and Doha.
Don’t be scared off by the research; this is no college textbook. Ansari delves into the knitty-gritty of dating and love, paying mind to varying cultural customs and providing thought-provoking ideas and commentary about how society got from opening doors and pulling out chairs to sending sexts and hooking up using Tinder. Hilarious text conversations and pick-up lines included.
4. Why Not Me? Mindy Kaling
Indeed, why not? Mindy Kaling is back, inviting readers to dive into her newest book, a collection of honest and humorous essays, including an inside look at life as a 30-something, transitioning through old and forming new (albeit short-lived) friendships, falling in love in the workplace, struggles with image and weight, and being “just famous enough” in Hollywood, where she doesn’t look like anyone else in the industry.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it? – Mindy Kaling
Why Not Me is more like a casual conversation with your sweet and funny best friend than a book, complete with hysterical anecdotes about Hollywood beauty rituals and Kaling’s personal list of 4 a.m. worries, because who hasn’t been kept awake by the idea that an internet troll might actually be someone you know personally?
5. Chasing Destiny by Eric Jerome Dickey
Eric Jerome Dickey does it again with a mysterious and thrilling drama about Billie, a gorgeous biker with a secret love affair that rides through an unplanned pregnancy, potential divorce, and a teenager on the brink of breaking bad. Dickey’s dialogues are pitch-perfect, capturing the perspective, tone, and essence of each of his characters.
Chasing Destiny takes the reader on a wild ride through the noise and streets of urban Los Angeles and settles right into the guilty pleasures column with themes of revenge, manipulation, complicated relationships, and lost dreams. Make time for this read, because you won’t be able to put it down.
What are your favorite summer books? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!
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