The Twenties Club’s Summer Reading List
After posting a picture of the book I’m currently reading last night on Instagram, I got a lot of messages from you guys asking for a few more recommendations so I’ve made a little summer reading list for us! And I say “us” because this is a list of both books I’ve read recently and those that I want to read this summer – I wasn’t lying when I said I’m the world’s slowest bookworm.
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I can’t wait to read this book this summer after my sister Issy has finished reading it! Described as, ““Not one book, but many. What Happened is a candid and blackly funny account of Hillary Clinton’s mood in the direct aftermath of losing to Donald J. Trump.” It’s the first time since the election that Clinton has been able to say how she really feels. Her memoir takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules.
I read this book about half way through the year and changed my mind about it roughly six times. I couldn’t decide whether I enjoyed it or not, but I could always see why poet and essayist Jenny Zhang was getting such praise for her first book – her talent as a writer is phenomenal. Vanity Fair describes Sour Heart as, “A book that gracefully traces the multifaceted intersections of several Chinese-American girls growing up in ’90s-era New York City.” The book is darkly funny, very personal and often shocking, and if you’re a second-generation child I think you’ll relish in it.
If I could only recommend one book to you this year, it would probably be this. In 1931, Virginia Woolf ended her entry in A Writer’s Diary with the words “too much and not the mood.” She was describing how tired she was of correcting her own writing to please other readers, wondering if she had anything at all that was truly worth saying. That sentiment inspired Durga Chew-Bose to write and collect her own work. The result is an emotional and insightful collection of essays, letters and poetry about self-identity called Too Much And Not The Mood.
One of the best articles I have ever read on The New York Times is by a writer called Mandy Len Catron called “To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This.” That same author later published a book with a similar name that takes her beautiful article a step further. “How To Fall In Love With Anyone is an insightful, charming and absolutely fascinating memoir that explores the romantic myths we create and explains how they limit our ability to achieve and sustain intimacy.” If you want to start with the original article, click here.
Erin Chack is a senior writer at BuzzFeed and her book This Is Really Happening is a collection of essays documenting her late teens and early twenties. I came across it on GoodReads.com where it got a 4.1/5 rating from over 500 reviews. Described as, “In turns hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, Erin recounts everything from meeting her soul mate at age 14 and her first chemotherapy session at age 19, to what really goes on behind the scenes at a major Internet media company.”
The most impactful, special book I read in my late teens was a book by John Green (the same author of The Fault In Our Stars) called Looking For Alaska. I’ve read it 9 times. So I’m excited to read Green’s latest YA book, Turtles All The Way Down, which follows sixteen-year-old Ava and her best friend Daisy on an “adventure filled with love, resilience and the power of lifelong friendship.” It sounds cheesy, I know, but I love that sh*t.
This is the book I am currently reading and I knew from the very first page that I was going to fall in love with Scaachi Koul’s debut novel – which only came out about six months ago. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter is a collection of laugh-out-loud funny and incredibly sad stories about Koul’s journey navigating the complexity of being a deeply sensitive child of highly anxious parents. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears of her mother and father. You. Must. Read. This.
Rupi Kaur is arguably one of the most gifted poets of our generation. Her book, Milk and Honey, is a collection of poetry and prose about experiences of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. The book is split into four chapters and each serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain and heals a different heartache. For fans of Kaur, this book is a no-brainer for summer reading.