Summer vacations include swimming, building sand castles, and relaxation. In your haste to be out in the sun, don’t forget to grab that book you’ve been promising to read and finish this summer!
Don’t have summer reading material in mind? Well, we’ve got your back! Dig through our Summer 2013 Reading List and pick from classics all the way to biographies.
Let us know which book you’re looking forward to reading this summer in the comments section below!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Known for its iconic lead characters, Ms. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is timeless. Grab this Austen standard and prepare for a series of laughs, lessons, and of course love!
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison In the immortal work, Invisible Man, author Ralph Ellison uses an unnamed African-American protagonist to explore various issues including black nationalism, identity, and the socioeconomic ideals facing African-Americans in the early twentieth century— and today. Invisible Man is a must-have for every at home library!
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald With the release of the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Mcgauire, it’s time to brush up on your Great Gatsby knowledge. This is a great, summer read for those lengthy car trips.
Native Son, by Richard Wright Often considered controversial, Richard Wright authored several works that were paramount to race relations in America during his time. Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son is an influential representation of one black man’s quest for self-actualization in a racist society.
Passing, by Nella Larsen I recently completed this literary triumph by Nella Larsen. Published in 1929, Passing tells the tale of Irene Redfield who through a chance encounter reunites with childhood friend, Clare Kendry. Clare, who is currently passing as white, draws Irene into her world of deception and as their lives overlap conflict arises. Passing is a lovely piece of literature with picturesque language and bold vision.
Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway As Hemingway’s second short collection of stories, Men Without Women is a nice compilation of fourteen short stories dealing with everything from infidelity, divorce, and death.
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison A personal favorite, The Bluest Eye was penned by Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. A spellbinding narrative encircled by rich details, strong themes, and plush storytelling. The Bluest Eye is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl who develops an inferiority complex due to her eye and skin color.
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini If you loved The Kite Runner, then you’re in for a special treat. Hosseini’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel deals with the intricacies of families.
The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah Cool off with this contemporary piece of literature. Written by outspoken activist Sister Souljah and published in 1999, The Coldest Winter Ever is a coming-of-age drama that follows Winter Santiaga, a headstrong, street smart teenager as she navigates a cold New York City landscape.
Live Your Dreams by Les Brown Feeling low or simply unmotivated? Live Your Dreams by Les Brown is the perfect book to help you get over those melancholy moments. Live Your Dreams is a practical read that is both entertaining and enlightening!
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown Currently a staple in my morning routine, Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly is a vibrant exploration of how the courage to be vulnerable can and will transform our lives. Brown encourages readers to live fearlessly by debunking the myth that vulnerability is weakness and embracing the truth that vulnerability is in fact an authentic measure of courage.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Named one of the best books of the year, The Power of Habit, details how a change in behavior could be motivated by a change in lifestyle and choices… or could it be the other way around?
Start: Punch Fear In The Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters by Jon Acuff As a Wall-Street Journal best-selling author, Acuff gives you his guide to digging ourselves out of the holes we’ve dug in our career and more importantly, life.
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow Always wondered how you could eat healthy and still have fun eating your meal? Actress Gwyneth Paltrow shares her secrets to eating an enjoyable yet healthy meal without crossing the line and indulging in processed foods.
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis Who knew that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic? Well after witnessing 2,000 patients regain their health after cutting wheat from their diets, author William Davis did. Enlighten yourselves this summer with a book that is sure to get you in shape for that beach body!
Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover by Mandy Ingber Jennifer Aniston has one of the most envious bodies of women in their 40s, and now we know her secret — her yoga instructor Mandy Ingber. In this book, you get all the secrets to a solid and strong core that’ll have you feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.
Biographies & Autobiographies
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells of the author’s life from early childhood to the age of seventeen. Published in 1969, the work is an illustration of how determination, moral fiber, and an admiration of literature can help one overcome the most dismal of circumstances.
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty For all you sports lovers out there, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success is perfect summer reading! 11-time NBA Championship coach Phil Jackson talks about his history with each team, his background, and some of his most inner-most thoughts in this new sports biography.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family, by Alex Haley Many are familiar with the popular television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots. Based on Haley’s own family lineage, both the book and movie have received a tremendous degree of success. Largely regarded as an inspiration in African-American literature, Haley received a Pulitzer Prize in 1977.
I hope you enjoyed our newly revised summer reading list! Let us know what you think. With so many great authors out there we couldn’t include everyone. What book/s would like to see on our list?