Must Read Books for Summer 2018 – Books for Roadtrips and Poolside Vacations
Hello Wanderlost Souls! This post was supposed to go up a while back, but a ton of things came up and this post… well it just sat here. I just couldn’t handle my excitement anymore; I needed to post this. A couple late nights later, I finally gathered all my thoughts and am ready to put out the best work I can.
Summer, for me, is the season for reading. With all the trips and vacations that happen, there is no better time to kick back a pick up a good piece of literature. Also, a ton of great summer must-reads come out during this season. However, if you are also like me, it can be tough to find a good book. Well good news! I did all the hardwork for you. Here are my top recommendations for your next summer reads, all of which are perfect companions for any beach-side lounge chair.
Hypnosis: Part One by Arvind Jay Dixit
Have you ever had one of those nights were you just can’t sleep because your mind is racing with all kinds of thoughts and ideas and concepts? This book is the physical collection of that moment. Avi’s collection of poetry dives into science, love, and everything in between.
Every single poem is eloquently written. When you read this, it will feel like you’re flowing through a continuous stream of thoughts, jumping from one thing to the next and then making a full-circle to where it began. I could relate to nearly every poem in this collection. The feeling behind the book is illuminated in a way where everyone can pick it apart and find something that is unique to them.
In one of his poem’s, Avi Jay wrote “art is a collaboration”. I couldn’t agree more. Speaking of collaboration, I’d like to give a huge thank you to Avi for sponsoring this post and letting me explore the book for myself. It is honestly the best collection of poetry I’ve read in a long time. If you want to purchased this book (which I highly recommend), you can find it exclusively on iBooks. BUT DON’T WORRY! The audio book (which is currently being released in parts) are on Spotify, Tidal, and iTunes. There are so many ways to access this wonderful book so be sure to check it out.
iBooks Description: “Hypnosis: Part I is a project of heart – a culmination of art and effort, told in both flash fiction and poetry. Within it, readers are given a fresh glimpse into often overlooked topics, spanning from science to soliloquy, and are taken on an unrestrained ride inside the author’s stream of consciousness.”
The Millennial’s Guide to Changing the World by Alison Lea Sher
I love this book because Sher tells it exactly how it is: the world is full of real f***-ups. Growing up, we have been raised to believe that the world can only exist in one way. Times are changing, but people aren’t always willing to change with it. Sher addresses common problems young-adults and new adults alike face entering into the workforce, politics, and ethics. I highly recommend reading this if you are currently heading into college for the first time, applying for your first job, or are stuck on what you want to do for the rest of your life.
Amazon Description: “What does it mean to be a millennial in this chaotic world? Beyond Snapchat and Tinder, the consumerist culture we’ve inherited, and quarter-life crises, can a millennial aspire to more? Alison Lea Sher argues, yes, we can!
Packing herself up in an RV, Sher embarks on a road trip in hopes of starting a conversation about what it means to grow up in America, post-Great Recession. Interviewing 150 of her millennial peers as they begin their adult lives―from kids heading straight to Wall Street after college to those sleeping on it―Sher asks: “Who are you; what should you do; and how can you step into your destiny as a stakeholder in society?” ”
The Universe is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler (Sequel)
If you haven’t read the first book, you need to. This will be your “heart-felt story” of the summer. These books are amazing and made me cry. The main character, Virginia, is I’ll have you laughing from the first page to the last. Mackler dives into a journey of self-acceptance, and she takes the readers along for the ride. I’m going to link both of the books in the series underneath.
Goodreads Description: “Virginia Shreves’ world implodes again in this long-awaited follow-up to Printz Honoree The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things. Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.
But just as she adjusts to her new normal, her world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy fade, her best friend bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron. As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Nate, an artist with his own baggage. The pair vow not to share personal drama. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs could ruin everything.”
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
This novel gives me “Sherlock Holmes” vibes, and I’m here for it. The description of this mystery instantly caught my eye. Nothing is better for road-tripping than I a good book that keeps you hooked. This book will do exactly that.
Amazon Description: “One bright spring morning in London , Diana Cowper – the wealthy mother of a famous actor – enters a funeral parlor. She is there to plan her own service. Six hours later she is found dead, strangled with a curtain chord in her own home. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric investigator who’s as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case.
Hawthorne needs a ghost writer to document his life; a Watson to his Holmes. He chooses Anthony Horowitz. Drawn in against his will, Horowitz soon finds himself a the center of a story he cannot control. Hawthorne is brusque, temperamental and annoying but even so his latest case with its many twists and turns proves irresistible. The writer and the detective form an unusual partnership. At the same time, it soon becomes clear that Hawthorne is hiding some dark secrets of his own.”
Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
This psychological thriller is on my TBR list. I’ve heard that his book has a shocking ending, and I can’t wait to find out what it is. If you have already read this book, let me know your thoughts in the comments below; I haven’t met many that have read it yet, so I’m looking for a good, honest review of it.
Amazon Description: “Suzette is unable to form a bond with her seven-year-old daughter, who cannot―or will not―speak. Ever since Hanna was a baby, she felt rejected by her. It’s as if the child hates her, leaving Suzette very frightened. Alex wants to believe his wife’s accounts of their daughter’s cruel and unusual behavior, but he’s never seen anything but her love. Is Hanna just a naughty girl whose antics reveal intelligence, creativity, maybe even charm? Or is she actually trying to kill her mother?”
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