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Summer Reading List: 10 Books to Read This Summer, By: Courtney Crites

May 23, 2023 11:30 PM
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Ah, the sweet freedom of summer! Whether you’re lounging by the pool, embarking on a road trip, or simply wanting to catch up on some reading (for fun or for learning… instead of for your level 4 chemistry class), I’ve curated a summer reading list just for you. Here are 10 recommendations based on what type of book you might be looking for! 

If you’re looking for… 

  1. A light read at the beach or the park: Happy Place, by Emily Henry: A contemporary romance novel that follows the story of two best friends with opposite personalities, embarking on an annual summer vacation tradition. With its charming characters, witty banter, and heartfelt exploration of both friendship and love, this book is the perfect choice for a summer read, especially for those who enjoy a mix of humour, nostalgia, and tender moments. I love heading out to a nearby park on my lunch break during the summertime, so this is a great option for a book to read while out in the sun! 
  2. Discovery of a debut Indigenous author: Becoming Kin, by Patty Krawec and Nick Estes: This book is a powerful collection of essays that explores Indigenous struggles for justice, land, and sovereignty. This book offers personal narratives and insightful analysis, shedding light on the ongoing fight for Indigenous rights, challenging structures, and envisioning a future rooted in solidarity. For anyone interested in understanding Indigenous perspectives, I know you’ll find this book to be a very thought-provoking read. 
  3. A classic to binge-read: Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison: This is a groundbreaking novel in American literature that follows the journey of an unnamed African-American narrator navigating the complexities of racial identity, social invisibility and personal discovery, living in the United States in the early 1900s. Any readers interested in a profound exploration of the African-American experience, the effects of systemic oppression, and the quest for individual identity will absolutely find this book to be a compelling and enlightening read. 
  4. A change of perspective: 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think, by Brianna Weist: One of my personal favourites, this a thought-provoking collection of essays covering a wide range of topics including personal growth, spirituality, relationships, and self-reflection. The writing really challenges you to question your beliefs, expand your perspectives, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. This book is perfect for quick reading, and for individuals seeking inspiration and to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.
  5. A title that is trending on #BookTok: The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller: The amount of times I’ve seen this book talked about on TikTok is enough reason to go out and read it! It’s a captivating retelling of the mythological story of Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, from the perspective of his companion and lover, Patroclus. Any readers who enjoy Greek mythology, beautifully crafted narratives, and emotionally resonant storytelling will find themselves encapsulated by this book and its extremely vivid portrayal of ancient legends. 
  6. A book to help you learn something new: Why We Sleep, by Matthew Walker: This is a fascinating exploration of the science behind sleep and its crucial role in our overall health and wellbeing. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the science of sleep, improving their habits, and prioritizing the vital role of sleep in our lives. It provides educational and eye-opening insights that will inspire readers to reevaluate their sleep routines and make positive changes for better overall health. 
  7. A cookbook for your free time: Half Baked Harvest, by Tieghan Gerard: Half Baked Harvest has been the talk of the town these days! This is a cookbook filled with delicious and accessible recipes that emphasize simplicity without sacrificing flavour. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this is a super great resource for anyone who wants to explore new flavours and enjoy homemade meals in their free time!
  8. Some advice to follow: Atomic Habits, by James Clear: If you’re looking to optimize your productivity, improve your habits, and make incremental but meaningful progress towards your goals, this is the book for you. It is a transformative guide that explores the power of small habits and their compounding effects on personal and professional success. This book offers practical and actionable strategies and advice for building positive habits, breaking bad ones, and creating an environment that supports lasting change. 
  9. A thriller you may not have heard of: When No One is Watching, by Alyssa Cole: This gripping thriller explores themes of gentrification, racial tensions and psychological suspense, following Sydney Green, who suspects a sinister conspiracy brewing in her Brooklyn neighbourhood. This book is both a compelling and thought-provoking read that delves into issues of race, community, and secrets, making it such a great choice for fans of psychological thrillers and social commentary. 
  10. A biography by an iconic role model: The Light We Carry, by Michelle Obama: This is an inspiring and insightful biography offering practical wisdom and powerful strategies for navigating uncertainty and staying balanced in today’s world. Through fresh stories, personal reflections, and candid discussions, Michelle Obama addresses important questions about building relationships, finding strength within differences, and overcoming self-doubt. It is absolutely a must-read for those seeking guidance and inspiration - her confidence, determination, and worldview are bound to inspire you as a reader and as an individual.