Summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in a good book. Whether you’re playing catch up on your nightstand’s stack or looking for something to bring along to the cabin, we wanted to share a few of our team’s favorite recommendations. We hope you’re able to read these on a beach, traveling the world, or killing time between meetings in these next months.
Spicy book alert! Leilani explores the life of a twenty-something black woman who gets involved with a middle-aged white man in an open marriage. The main character is quirky, sensual, and has a beautifully honest perspective on being a young black woman in America. You’ll tear through this novel in a week, tops.
Be warned: you won’t put this one down. Emma Cline brilliantly reimagines what it would have been like to be a female follower of Charles Manson in the height of his power. Reading this felt like we were wandering through San Francisco in the height of the ethereal Summer of Love.
This has an HBO series written all over it. Good thing it’s in development! Bennett’s first book in 2017 was magical, and The Vanishing Half didn’t disappoint. Follow two twins who live vastly different lives contemplating their race and standing in Southern society, both approaching it in entirely opposite, secretive ways.
The world Straub creates of a dreamy Brooklyn in the summer transported us. Although the story was mildly predictable, its tales of romance and relationships made for a great, easy summer read. If you like this book, her others are perfect vacation companions, too!
Calling all poetry lovers! Baer’s poetry was made famous first on Instagram when she cleverly called out her trolls in DMs. Her first book arrived this year and addresses the tenderness of womanhood in youth, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. Even if you’re poetry-averse, this is a great place to start.
In a summer that is undoubtedly busier than ever, we hope you carve out time in your day to relax and be still. No matter what you’re reading, enjoy a moment to slow down and lose yourself in another world. Most importantly, what are you reading this summer?