Monday, June 9, 2014

The Lazy Girl Guide to Summer Reading

I'm an English major, so it's a given that I love to read. My list of books to read is so long that even if I read like, a book a day for life, I don't think I could ever finish. But at least when summer rolls around we have a shot at making a dent, right?

Reading is meant to be fun, but sometimes it can feel tough to get through a book with everything else going on: work, class, family, a social life. That's why sometimes, some accountability can give you the extra push you need to make reading a priority–– that's where book clubs come in.

So gather a group of friends and get comparing reading lists. The books don't have to be academic classics, they just have to have some common thread you'll all enjoy. Maybe you want to tackle some light beach reads, or read a few books before they're set to become movies. Whatever the case may be, at least you're reading!

Once you've got the group, all you need is a place to meet (you can rotate between different members' places), some snacks and some wine. Below are some suggestions for your own book-blub-starter-book:

For the academic crowd... 
In a general sense, it's a book about the Biafran war in Nigeria in the 1960's. But Adichie manages to tell the story in a way that uses character's personal lives as an allegory for a much larger conflict. The book will definitely have your group thinking, and the ambiguous ending leaves a lot of room for discussion. For an added group activity, you can watch Adichie's ted talks on feminism and the danger of a single story.

For the chick-lit lovers...
Emily Giffin is the author of the hit Something Borrowed (and don't worry, the book was much better than the movie). She's written a number of other books as well, but The One & Only is her most recent. Friday Night Lights fans can get excited, because according to critics, the book combines conventional rom-com conventions with Southern football culture.

For the young at heart...
Chock full of all the best YA conventions like romance and a dramatic plot twist, this book is aimed at a younger crowd but can pull just about anyone in. I read it for a Young Adult Fiction class I had to take in college, and I was so enthralled by the lovable characters and unexpected story that I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a quick but good read, this is worth a look.

For the politically minded...
The subtitle on this one says it all: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. Matt Taibbi, a journalist for Rolling Stone, tackles the heavy issue of the justice system's lean toward punishing the poor. It'll definitely provide a lot of group discussion, just make sure the group is a safe place–– political arguments among friends can turn sour quickly. The NYT best-seller is bound to illicit some strong opinions.

For the comedy nerds...
Jenny Lawson, also know as "The Bloggess," is famous for her humor writing. Reading her blog feels like talking with a particularly funny friend, which is probably why her book of stories is such a hit. Plus it's been compared to the likes of Tina Fey and David Sedaris, which is no small compliment. If you and your friends are looking for an easy read and a good, stress-reducing laugh, this is the one for you.


  1. love this post! i want to read "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" so badly

  2. these look interesting! i need so much more time and money to buy books/read!!