Summer Reading Recommendations
Last updated August 17, 2023
Summer is a great time to read some of the books that you didn't have time for during the chaos of school, Covid, and finals! Want to get into reading but aren't sure where to start? Try these titles!
One of Us is Lying
Entertainment Weekly called this teen thriller “ Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club.”
The Other Black Girl
Zakiya Dalila Harris
It's about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet in New York City book publishing. A television series pilot based on the novel is planned for Hulu.
Bobby "Logic" Hall
A darkly funny psychological thriller about a 20-something-year-old, recently-dumped, aspiring writer with some mental health issues.
Everything I Never Told You
This novel is the debut thriller of Little Fires Everywhere author. It's about a mixed-race Chinese-American family whose middle daughter Lydia is found drowned in a nearby lake and that tells a profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing.
The House of Impossible Beauties
It is loosely based on the real-life House of Xtravaganza, the first all-Latin house that emerged on the New York City underground ballroom scene in the '80s. "Infused with glitz as well as heart, the story explores life as racial and sexual minorities—the pains and the triumphs, the grit and the thrills—in a way that feels personal, even for those who never walked the ballroom scene." -Harper's Bazaar
The Code Breaker
"The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies." - Amazon
"It is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is."-Good Reads.
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster
In this urgent, authoritative book, Bill Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical—and accessible—plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F
The author argues that life's struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful.
Ashley C. Ford
"Layering in the complexities of her relationship with her mother, her changing body and a boyfriend who grows abusive, Ford offers a heart-wrenching coming-of-age story." ―Time
Home body is a collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself - reminding readers to fill up on love, acceptance, community, family, and embrace change with the author's own illustrations.
The Hill We Climb
The internet-breaking poem read at the 2021 president inauguration by first ever National Youth Poet Laureate.
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