Summer Reading List

A little late but check out what I’ve been reading this summer!

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Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

I was hesitant to pick the novel up due to the amount of press it has garnered since its release (I try to seek my books out of authentic interest and not to fall into the trap of the well-marketed “Best Seller”). Though, this book lives up to the hype in the numerous reviews. I was drawn in by the plot of a 20-something’s first year in NYC, and was captured by Danler’s poetic and honest writing style.

The Bed Moved: Stories by Rebecca Schiff

Schiff fed my love for short stories with The Bed Moved. It was a pleasantly smart read on a plane ride back to North Carolina this summer. The collection is literary yet light and not short on laughs – I give bonus points to any author who can make me chuckle in public.

The Namesake by Jhupa Lahiri

One thing I’ve always loved about books is the way you can get sucked in and become part of a character’s family – Lahiri is a master this. Although Interpreter of Maladies will remain one of my favorites written by Lahiri, The Namesake was a nice read about family, the quickness of life, and the evolution of culture.

The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman

I was first introduced to this classic while in an undergraduate African-American literature classes. I ran across the book again in my room, forgetting I had packed it when I moved to New York a year ago. I was eager to read the book again while not being strung out on Starbucks coffee and living in a closet-sized college dorm room.

I’m a firm believer that your environment affects the relationship you have with a book. By reading the novel out of the academic setting I was able to connect to the writing on a more personal level. I love that Thurman leads me to think about my identity as a black female in America.

Tell me what you’ve been reading lately! 🙂

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