Summer means slowing down, long days spent enjoying the great outdoors, casual evenings laughing with family and friends, and time to catch up on my reading list.
It’s always a good time to curl up with a book, but lazy days by the pool or at the beach make reading feel more decadent. The weather has turned warmer in my corner of the world, so sunscreen at the ready, here are my picks for summer 2014–15.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
I knew nothing about Nasty Gal or Sophia Amoruso three months ago. Then Penguin released this book and bam! My Instagram feed filled with images of its cover, Amoruso and the hashtag. The blurb was all it took to convince me to buy a copy. A story about an (un)ordinary girl who built a fashion empire with cult status, Amoruso is smart. Her success is a direct result of working hard, trusting her instincts and staying true to herself. My kind of woman. This book is so good I want to read it again.
All Good Things: A Memoir by Sarah Turnbull
Almost French changed my life. I read Turnbull’s debut novel twelve years ago and fell in love with her story. She brought Paris and France to life for me, and her book was solely responsible for inspiring my trip to the city of love two years later (you can read about that here). Almost French was my introduction to travel writing, which has since become one of my favourite genres. The experiences she penned about her work as a freelance writer stirred the creative in me, and set me on the path to start writing again. I checked in over the years to see if she had released a second novel. It’s here, and it begs to be read in a hammock in the heat of summer with a cool drink in hand.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
My introduction to the Fitzgeralds was Zelda Fitzgerald’s biography. The glimpse into their lives that this book offered was fascinating. I’ve yet to read anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but Carey Mulligan’s performance in the 2013 movie version of The Great Gatsby has pushed this book back to the top of my reading list.