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!
I know, I know. I’m behind.
A fiction recommendation from my coworker who loves this author.
All about data bias in a world for men. Like why tf there aren’t more pockets on everything!
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!
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!
Again, a recommendation from my coworker who claims this is the best book in the world. I don’t take words like that lightly.
This is the same author as the Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Bring on those tears.
This was published by three authors from my employer, Accenture, so I have to read it!
Light topics? Nah.
I’m on the pre-order list for this at the library. It’s a pretend-memoir about a popstar, and it sounds great.
“Memoir of a Montauk Summer” will totes be a summer vaca read.
This just came out this year and is already getting fantastic reviews as a fiction novel.
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!
What’s on your summer reading list? LMK!