Summer Reading List

24th July, 2014

Growing up, I was one of those nerds who got really excited about being assigned a summer reading list, and to this day I kick off each summer by stocking up on stacks of paperbacks to pour through. Now that we find ourselves about halfway through the season, three favorites have so far crept to the top of the heap. Check them out and let us know what books you recommend in the comments! We’re always in the mood for a well-told tale. ReadingList2TENDER IS THE NIGHT: So you’ve read The Great Gatsby, seen the movie (both the 1974 & 2013 versions!), ogled the fashion story and still you’re craving more F. Scott Fitzgerald? Enter Tender Is The Night. As in Gatsby, we oscillate here between the intrinsic attitudes of the idle rich and the upwardly mobile ~ but with even more intrigue between party lines. If Daisy Buchanan represented the author’s wife Zelda’s better years, Nicole Diver (one of this story’s leads) imitates her historically infamous, darker turns. In typical Fitzgerald fashion, theres a lot of living and little salvation in these pages ~ and the storyline is all the more compelling for it.ReadingList3THE INTERESTINGS: What starts as a summer camp camaraderie flourishes into a 30-year journey laced with friendship, romance, family, crime, betrayal, massive success, crushing failures and an endless, delicious litany of pop culture references that spans the Moonies to the Simpsons. My social life stopped from the moment I picked this book up till I reached its final page ~ I literally could not put it down.ReadingList4THE FLAMETHROWERS: A floridly-written story set between the 1970’s New York City art scene and the gilded palazzos of old-money Italy, this true-to-life portrait traces one young artist’s adventures in following her instincts. Throughout this compellingly written saga, this intuition takes her from the salt flats of Utah to the lofts of Soho to riots on the streets of Italy ~ and somehow also nowhere at all.

  • Thanks for this list…I need to get into the swing of reading…you can’t beat the feeling of paper…no offence to kindle!!

  • Ago Prime
  • Added to my Goodreads! I love how well-loved these books look 🙂

  • Julia

    I’m the exact same!! I packed about 6 books for Europe, and after two weeks have already gotten through five. My personal favorites so far have been Just One Day, and You Before Me. I’m starting on Gone Girl now, can’t wait to see how it turns out! 🙂

  • Nice post! Thanks! I’ll try Tender is the night…I loved Gatsby!!


  • I want to check out the flamethrowers:)

  • Lindsey
  • Justine Beaudry

    I am 3/4 of the way through The Interestings and love it! I can see it as a great movie if done correctly!

  • Ah! I love me some Fitzgerald. This summer I’ve dedicated my Kindle to the “classics” (most of which are free kindle books)… Jane Austen, Tolstoy, and, speaking of Fitzgerald, I’ve just begun reading This Side of Paradise!

    <3 dani

  • Violet Rylo

    Hey Kelly, thanks for the list! I am reading RED, HOT and HOLY by Sera Beak and boy is it good. It is about the divine feminine and it made me think of your work and what you bring fourth….I call it the visual healing effect 🙂 Either way I think you will like it

  • Nico

    Great lust, I love books!

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  • Thank you, thank you! I am always looking for new reads and these look wonderful. Again, thank you for sharing 🙂

  • I love that you’re a reader too Kelly! From your librarian friend in Hong Kong! Ann
    P.S. I actually have had such trouble finding a good book this summer, so thank you!

  • Denisa
  • shawna

    Two of the best books that I have read thus far this summer…Life Drawing by Robin Black and The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob.

  • Great list! I have ‘The Conscious Parent’ on my list. It’s supposed to be an interesting read even if you’re not a parent. I recently finished the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty as well and loved it. It’s like Judy Blume for grown ups!

  • Thanks for this reading list, I definitely want to get some reading in this summer.

  • Ashley Marfori Lutton

    So far this summer I have read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, “All Fall Down” by Jennifer Weiner and “Weird Arizona” (because I live in AZ and it lets me know all the cool places to visit in my state). All have been fabulous, such great reads.

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  • Tara Edie

    I’m dying to read The Interestings, it’s been No. 1 on my list for ages!! So excited to hear it’s a good read!

  • Thanks for sharing this list!

    xx Jessica

  • Juliet Clark

    Thanks for the suggestions, I will for sure be looking into reading these soon!!!

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  • Amandah

    I recommend seven types of ambiguity by Elliot Perlman for an interesting take on love and obsession. Thanks for the tips, looks like the flame throwers is next on my list of books to read

  • kp

    I just added The Interestings to my list. Thank you!

  • Tender is the night is interesting to read each two-three years in order to see how your now perception of the whole story change.


  • Tender is the Night might be my next novel…it sounds perfect!

  • Meredith M Howard

    For some reason, every summer I tackle a huge classic. Just started “Les Mis”. It’s long but every page has been interesting so far. Only 1120 more pages to go…

    – Meredith

  • MissGoDarkly

    ‘Redeeming Features’ Nicholas Haslam..worked for Diana Vreeland…came to NY from London with Bailey & Shrimpton…The best written memoir I’ve read yet Glamourai. MissGodarkly

  • Loved the magic realism of Winter’s Tale. Note: the film is awful, of course, but the novel itself and is rich, beautiful, and chock full of characters I wished I could meet. Just finished The Luminaries while traveling, and couldn’t put it down–
    usually I prefer sci-fi or classics, but this gold rush murder mystery
    was a page-turner. Lastly, if you’re into YA fiction like I am, read Graceling. It’s the jam.

  • Maggie

    Thanks for the post. I always love knowing what others are reading. Here’s my list:

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