“Girl Boss” by Sophia Amoruso
At 29 years old, Amoruso is the founder, CEO and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailor that sells high-end fashion to the masses. Her story is extraordinary considering she chose not to go to college and instead to live a life of dumpster-diving at age 17. This is a great summer read which will help you learn how to become your own #girlboss. “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.” -Sophia Amoruso
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han
Vicariously live through Han’s beach read as you lounge in bed until 4 p.m. This young adult novel tells the story about a teenage Belly, who spends her summer at the beach with two family friends, Jerimiah and Conrad. This is a novel about first love and a summer adventure that changed everything.
“Preparing my daughter for rain: notes on how to heal and survive” by Key Ballah
If you’ve been looking to delve into poetry, Key Ballah’s works are the perfect introduction. A book filled with short notes and prose poetry to her future daughter to prepare her for the weight of the world.
“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” by Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling from “The Office” and “The Mindy Project” invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship and Hollywood. This book is a light read filled with humor that will have you laughing out loud. You’ll wish Mindy was your best friend by the time you’re done reading. Her second book “Why Not Me?” is also out now and worth picking up if you aren’t tired of reading Mindy Kaling’s writing. (Hint: you won’t be).
“The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Rubin
We often don’t take the time to truly enjoy what we’ve been blessed with. Each month, Gretchen writes how she pursues a different set of resolutions — go to sleep earlier, tackle a nagging task, bring people together, take time to be silly — along with dozens of other goals. “The Happiness Project” is the engaging, relatable and inspiring result of the author’s 12-month adventure to becoming a happier person. Written with a wicked sense of humor and sharp insight, Gretchen Rubin’s story will inspire readers to embrace the pleasures in their lives and remind them how to have fun.
“Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
Ah, the perils of the dating scene. We meet people, date, get in and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. In “Modern Romance,” Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Voted Goodreads’ “Choice Mystery of 2015”, this thrilling novel is a debut psychological story that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. Are you ready for a faster-paced, creepier version of “Gone Girl”?
“The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
“The Kite Runner” tells the story of the unforgettable, heartbreaking friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, and is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that’s in the process of being destroyed. A sweeping story of family, love and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of Afghanistan over the last 30 years, “The Kite Runner” is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a one-of-a-kind classic.
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Between the World and Me” is written as a letter from Coates to his 15-year-old son, trying to come to terms with what it means to grow up as an African-American male in 2015. Coates talks about his childhood, his education, his early days of trying to find work as a writer, the fears he has as a parent and the underlying, prevalent issue of race. Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling
If you’re anxiously awaiting the release of Rowling’s latest film coming to theaters Nov. 18, you might as well take the time to read the book the film is based on. Discover the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.