My 2015 Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List KP Fusion

This Summer, I’m planning to find a little more balance between work, blogging, and play, and one of the ways to do that will be catching up on my reading. Reading for pleasure is a chance for escapism, a way to use your imagination to paint a mental picture with someone else’s words, and I really miss doing that. I miss being so engrossed in a novel that I tune everyone out and completely lose track of time.

I fell in love with reading as soon as I learned how to (age 4). At the time, it was the little golden books (you know the ones with the gold spine!) and as a preteen I was mildly obsessed with The Baby-Sitters Club + Sweet Valley High series (where you a Jessica or Elizabeth??), so I’ve always loved reading for pleasure, but I kinda shifted away from it a few years ago. I stopped picking up fiction books and went more for any and everything related to business/marketing, sociology and psychology, with the random lifestyle/decor book here and there. I’ll still be picking those up, but I need a little break from all of the seriousness!

Plus, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing read in the sun, so after a few recommendations from other reading lists and friends (thanks Kelly!), I’ve finally made a list of books I want to read this Summer. Some are new, some are old, but they all seem pretty interesting:

Clever Girl Tessa HadleyClever Girl by Tess Hadley
Set in 1960s Bristol, follows the story of Stella from childhood to middle age. Deals with relationship, drama, missed chances in life, etc.

The Girl on the Train Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
Every day Rachel sees a suburban couple breakfasting on their deck during her commute to work. She starts to feel like she knows them, and one day in less than a minute, she witnesses something, goes to the police, and becomes entwined with everyone involved.

Primates of Park Avenue Wednesday Martin  Primates of Avenue Wednesday Martin
A funny, almost anthropological look at Wednesday’s assimilation into life on the Upper East Side.

Where'd You Go Bernadette Maria SempleWhere’d You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple
As a family plans a trip to Antarctica, the notorious Bernadette Fox (voluntarily, it seems) disappears.

Crazy Rich Asians Kevin KwanCrazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan
New Yorker Rachel Chu decides to spend the summer abroad in Singapore with her boyfriend, who failed to mention that he comes from an extremely wealthy family and is considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Eek!

Yes Please Amy PoehlerYes Please Amy Poehler
Not quite a memoir, but filled with essays, poems, pictures, and anectodates from Amy. Amy is hilarious to me, and no matter what role she plays, she will always be Regina George’s mom (Mean Girls).

People I Want to Punch in the Throat Jen MannPeople I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots and Other Suburban Scourges Jen Mann
A collection of essays based on Mann’s blog by the same name, I want to read this purely based on the title, lol.

The Woman I Wanted to Be Diane von FurstenbergThe Woman I Wanted to Be Diane von Furstenberg
Diane tells the story of how she became the woman she is today, both in business and in her personal life.

The Vacationers Emma StraubThe Vacationers Emma Straub
A two week vacation on the Balearic island of Mallorca with friends and extended family to celebrate the Post’s 35th wedding anniversary turns into a trip filled with drama, secrets, and lies.

Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica KnollLuckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll
The story of Ani, a woman who reinvented herself after a humiliating experience in high-school, but who’s past is now back to haunt her. Will revealing her secret cause her to lose it all (glam job, killer wardrobe, rich fiance’)?

All The Lights We Cannot See Anthony DoerrAll the Lights We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
I saw my friend Kelly reading this, and then literally saw it on 3 different must read lists within the same week. From Amazon: the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

My Paris Dream Kate BeltsMy Paris Dreams: An Education in Style, Slang and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine Kate Belts Coming of age story of a fashion journalist set in 1980s Paris.

Funny Girl Nick HornsbyFunny Girl Nick Hornsby
Story of ingenue Sophie Straw set in the swinging 60s in London.

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are Anne Berest Audrey Diwan Caroline de Maigret Sophie MasHow to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas
Varying views on Parisian lifestyle from 4 different women. As a fashion blogger, I feel that I need to have this if for no other reason but to add to the 1,000 of IG posts featuring it in some way, shape, or form, lol.

Leave Your Mark Aliza LichtLeave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It In Your Career. Rock Social Media. Aliza Licht
Know as @DKNYPRGirl, this is one part advice guide, one part bts insight on working in the fashion industry. If you follow Aliza on Twitter, you know she’s an ace at both professional and personal branding.

Most of these have pretty interesting covers (that’s typically what first draws me in), so I hope that they’re good. The first book I’m reading is Clever Girl, and then I’ll pick the others up from there.

What are you reading this Summer? How do you pick out your books?

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7 thoughts on “My 2015 Summer Reading List

  1. Thank you for this post! I’ve always loved reading books as you, since I was a little child, been doing it for years, but then there was a period when I lost time for that – I was reading mostly for school, because I had to. Of course, there was some titles which I read, because I wanted, but quite few, much fewer than used to be. Recently I’ve discovered Goodreads, finished school year and I feel I have finally enough time to come back to normal reading. There are so many books that I don’t know what I should pick out first (around 244 titles, still counting…) You seem to have a good taste, do you have a GR account? I’m going to buy some of your summer choices (because I’d rather had my own books on a shelf than borrowing them), firstly “Crazy Rich Asians” as there will be released Polish translation in the beginning of July, but I’m thinking about buying an original version of “My Paris dream” or “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are”, I love everything what’s related to French lifestyle…
    Anyway thank you once again, your blog is very interesting, I found it today on Tumblr and definitely I’ll be coming back to see your posts, especially those bookish ones!

    Greetings from Poland! 🙂

    1. thank you so much Karolina! I don’t have a GR account but I was just thinking that I need to start one. Someone just told my on IG that “My Paris Dream” is really good so it’s between that and “Crazy Rich Asians” for my read after Clever Girl. Can you send me the link for your GR lists? I’d love to see what’s on your list.

Thank you for reading-your comments are appreciated!