I always get excited about the summer because: 1. the beach and 2. reading at the beach. This is my current summer reading list — with books I’ve read (and want to read again) and what I’m planning to read over the next few months. All of these books are not the same, meaning they’re all different kinds because I like to mix it up. I’m always looking for recommendations, so please pass any along 🙂

Here’s my summer reading list:

Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation
by Sheila Weller

I’m reading this one right now, but technically it counts because I feel like it is summer now (because it’s already been hot af). It’s a biography of three of my favorite female musicians and I’m so obsessed with it!! I bought this book after I saw Beautiful the Musical (about Carole).  I so wish I’d been alive in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. I’m learning so much about the music I love from that time and how it was made and Laurel Canyon and Greenwich Village and James Taylor and Bob Dylan. It’s so, so good! And all three of these women are so inspiring!

Heart Talk
by Cleo Wade

I love all her quotes on Instagram and I’ve heard really good things about this book! I love books like this that make me feel very inspired to be a better person.

The Favorite Sister
by Jessica Knoll

I’m not usually a murder mystery fan, but this one is about a bunch of women who agree to be on a reality show in NYC and one of them ends up dead. Because I (shamefully) watch Bravo, I feel like I’ll really like this book. And the author is hilarious and I’m already a huge fan of her. And Reese Witherspoon is making a movie of her first book, Luckiest Girl Alive.

Look Alive Out There
by Sloane Crosley

I loved her first book of essays (I Was Told There’d Be Cake) and her new one is getting really good reviews! I really like the author’s sense of humor and I love how the book is a bunch of essays because it’s quick and easy to read. Guarantee I read it in one sitting. I can’t wait!

The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way: On Writers and Writing
by Charles Bukowski

Obviously, Charles Bukowski is no longer with us, but this is a new collection of his writing and I’m very pumped about it. He wrote my favorite poem of all time (The Laughing Heart) and I really just like everything about him and his writing. This one is definitely going to be a treat!

The Lost Lands
by Lucy Cavendish

This one is a little out there, but whatever, I’m into it. I’ve always been super curious about Atlantis (like where is it? Did it really exist?) and this book came highly recommended. There’s also mention of dolphins in it, so I’m already sold. And will probably want to go on a trip looking for Atlantis after I finish this.

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

This one is a Pulitzer Prize winner so I have to believe it’s really good. I ordered it a few months ago and am definitely going to read it this summer. Nothing like a light read on slavery to pass the summer days. But I’m genuinely looking forward to this and know I’ll probably love it.

Bernie Sanders Guide to a Political Revolution
by Bernie Sanders

I started this one, but I had to put it down because it was so bittersweet to read, given who won the last election (still in shock and hoping this is all a bad dream). There seem to be rumors that sweet Bernie might be running again in 2020, so I can probably handle finishing this one now! Fun fact: Bernie Sanders and Larry David actually are related!

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

I’ve probably already read this one like 5 times, but there’s a new TV series and movie this year, so I feel like it’s time to go back to it. I feel like Louisa May Alcott was very ahead of her time, and I love all the sisters, but especially Jo (and Marmie). My favorite quote is: “I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen.”