With a commute like mine, I’ve been reading about a book a week. From poetry to nonfiction to an office survival guide, I’ve gotten my hands on tons of books this summer. There are only a few weeks left before an endless barrage of Foucault, Rousseau, and Marx take hold of my free time so these are my must reads.
It’s hard to find time to read for fun during the school year. After a long day of required readings and countless hours in the library, sometimes all I can do is watch another episode of a sitcom as I get ready for bed (I just cried over finishing Friends).
When vacations and summer come around, it isn’t long before the binge watching sessions get old and I crave the pages of a book in my hands. This summer, I’ve taken this to another level (to the point where my boss now asks which book I’m reading every Monday morning).
These are the 7 best books I’d recommend reading before the summer ends.
Feminist Fight Club
I first heard about Feminist Fight Club
My favorite chapter was “Know Your Enemy,” where Bennett describes typical sexist actions by men in the workplace and describes ways to combat and avoid situations like those. I laughed constantly while reading it (but was also shocked how applicable it has been in my life).
I recommend this to every (soon to be) working woman.
When the Attention Span is Lacking
I started a second job a couple weeks ago, and have been a little scatterbrained so I turned to books in short essay format. The first I grabbed was fellow blogger Samantha Irby’s book We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
This might be one of the funniest books I have ever read. I’ve laughed on the bus, in front of strangers, waiting for the Pink Line, and even in bed (when my neighbor knocked on the wall to let me know he could hear me cackling). Irby is witty and poignant, and every page is a surprise. Just make sure you aren’t reading this next to your coworkers because the language is a little rough and often in all caps.
After reading The Second Sex
The Poets: Rupi Kaur and Iain S. Thomas
I try to read some poetry as often as I can, and I fell in love with Rupi Kaur’s Instagram posts so I picked up Milk and Honey
I found I Wrote This For You
I recommend Milk and Honey, I Wrote This for You, and No Matter the Wreckage to anyone who thinks poetry isn’t for them.
Finally Some Fiction
I couldn’t make it through the summer without at least one good dystopian novel, so I snagged The Handmaid’s Tale
Generally, I’m not a huge fan of movie and TV adaptations of books, but I shut my laptop and went to the bookstore. It was an easy read, and a nice change from all the nonfiction I’ve been reading this summer.
The thing with fiction is that once I get into a book, I dive in head over heels and don’t sleep much. I probably won’t pick up any more fiction until my internship ends to avoid the toll great stories take on my life.
The Iconic HRC
That quarter system helping me out again this year as Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened
I’m really looking forward to this book, especially as I’m taking an Introduction to Nonfiction Writing course this spring. After what I expect will be a couple weeks filled with fiction (I’m looking at you, World Without End
Realizing how many books I’ve read this summer really made me grateful for that commute time. I can’t wait to see what the next couple of weeks of books will have in store for me.
What have you been reading this summer? Are you excited for What Happened?
Tell me your recommendations in the comments or send them to me on Instagram @xoxorosana.blog!
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