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Mary K’s Summer 2019 Reading List

Every season, I’ll post a new reading list. Not only is it great for sending friends recommendations, but it also keeps me accountable to read the books I want to read.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? I can’t believe this was published over A YEAR AGO. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last year — I appreciate you more than you know! I’m officially working on my second book, which is totally different. Fiction is hard, but I can’t wait!

I read a lot this spring and you can find the entire list here, but here’s the best of what I read the last couple of months:

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

I read this for my friend IB’s book club (all authors of color because she keeps us woke) and it was tough. It’s very emotionally heavy and took me longer than most books, but I think it should be required reading for everyone. It’s all about the injustice of death row. So hard, but so important!

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

This was absolutely hilarious. It’s mocking the fitness industry we know and love in such a fun way. If you’ve ever drunk the kombucha of a boutique fitness class, you’ll enjoy this.

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

This book is all about the AIDS epidemic in the gay community of Chicago during the 1980s. If you live in Chicago, you’ll especially love it, but it’s such an important story that I’m glad the author researched to share.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

Everyone’s been talking about Theranos, so I was thrilled to finally read this. It’s as fucked up as you would imagine.

Attached by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

My therapist recommended this as the SparkNotes of attachment theory, and I recommend it. I like that it doesn’t limit attachment styles to be static, negative parts of your identity. It helped me look a lot closer at my last relationship and realize how it differed from the rest, and why it’s best to avoid certain attachment styles in the future to avoid those kinds of conflicts. Alexa, play Triggered by Jhene Aiko!

Do What Feels Good by Hannah Bronfman

I received this from a Chicago Ideas event (7am dance party with Mel Safford, panel with Hannah Bronfman, and then she signed my book). I would like her more if she wasn’t soooooo privileged, but hey, she’s using it for good. This was a good coffee table book that I could read intermittently and enjoy thoroughly about all things health and wellness.

People ask me every week why I don’t keep highlights on Instagram, and this is my formal response. 1. I read too much that no one will want to tap through all of them. 2. Once Instagram highlights are no longer a thing (it’s inevitable), how am I going to index all of my reads? 3. They are not optimized for search!!! Also if you ask me to cater my content to YOUR individual, special soul and you haven’t written me a book review… NOTED #sorrynotsorry 🙂

Now, this is what I plan to read this summer. Send me all your recommendations!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I know, I know. I’m behind.

The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

A fiction recommendation from my coworker who loves this author.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

All about data bias in a world for men. Like why tf there aren’t more pockets on everything!

The War for Kindness by Jamil Zaki

I listened to his interview on the Goop podcast, and it’s all about the increasing need for empathy. I’m a major empath, so I’m excited to read how I can use my superpower for good instead of just crying all the damn time. Lol but also not kidding!

The Body Keeps Score by Bessel van der Kolk

This is all about the greater effects of trauma than most people realize. I’ve been on the library waitlist forever, so I’m hoping it’s good!

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Again, a recommendation from my coworker who claims this is the best book in the world. I don’t take words like that lightly.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

This is the same author as the Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Bring on those tears.

Pivot to the New by Omar Abbosh, Paul Nunes, Larry Downes

This was published by three authors from my employer, Accenture, so I have to read it!

No Visible Bruises by Rachel Louise Snyder

Light topics? Nah.

Out East by John Glynn

“Memoir of a Montauk Summer” will totes be a summer vaca read.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? By Mindy Kaling

I’ve been binge-watching the Mindy Project, so now I need to catch up with the rest of the world and read her books!

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

As a book club read, this is another psych thriller about a plethora of social issues.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

The library wait list is forever long, but it’s about 1940s showgirls and I’m excited.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

I love Elizabeth’s writing style, and this book is like a sequel to Eat Pray Love.

This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick

All about creating a home wherever you are, especially for those who find themselves homesick for an unknown.

What’s on your summer reading list? LMK!

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