We’ll admit, summer so far has been pretty busy for us over there at The Hollyday HQ (you know, finally launching our website, throwing ourselves a party, etc.). So we haven’t exactly had our nose in the books. But there’s still plenty of summer ahead, which is why we’re finally compiling our summer reading list. It’s full of comedies, tragedies, laughter and romance, and we can’t wait to delve in starting this weekend.
1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
Comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg teamed up to bring us Modern Romance, a book that looks into the dating world of our times and the impact that technology has on modern romance. Whether you’re single and in the thick of the crazy dating game or you’re married with three children, this book seems as though it would be hilarious no matter what your relationship status because inevtiably, we’ve all been there. And Ansari takes it far beyond the rants of his own experiences. He and Klinenberg conducted a massive research project with interviews and focus groups held all over the world, the results of which were analyzed by leading social scientists to form the theories behind this book. Ansari’s comedic delivery is the cherry on top.
2. The Girls by Emma Cline
This is Emma Cline’s debut novel and we keep hearing the same reactions – its phenomonally written and will suck you in with its plot until you read the last word. It’s about a California girl in her teens who becomes enthralled with a group of older girls who are part of a Charles Manson-esque cult. We’re already dying to know what happens.
3. First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
We’ve grown up reading Giffin’s books, from Something Borrowed to The One and Only. Her most recent, which been out only a few weeks, is a story about two sisters in their thirties and the distance their different paths have put between them. No matter what situation Giffin’s books present, it seems that we can somehow always identify with the sagas her characters go through. And no matter what happens throughout Giffin’s various plots, things always seem to work out in the end, leaving the characters, and you, feeling good about life as it is. This seems like the perfect read for our flight out to L.A. next week.
4. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Yes, we might be a little late to this one (its been on our list for a while) but now that we finally have some free time, we’re ready to see what all the fuss is about. Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Girl on the Train, seems like the perfect summer thriller about a woman in London who’s seemingly mundane life suddenly turns into anything but. It’s been compared to Gone Girl, which we loved. Plus, its apparently soon to be made into a movie, which means we better be reading it before it hits the theatres, because no matter how good the movie is, the book is always better.
5. Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand
Three women, all who’ve been married to the same man at different points (and who all dislike each other for that very reason), are brought together when the man tragically dies on the island of Nantucket and leaves his island home to the three women to share equally. Sounds entertaining, no? Makes us think of Mamma Mia! meets The Other Woman. We’re dying to visit Nantucket, and Hilderbrand’s novels are known to inlude colorful and detailed descriptions of the island.
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