Fun fact about me, I love reading….that revelation sounded a lot more interesting in my mind. Awkward. Sorry, lol. I was that child who actually didn’t mind summer reading and book reports (except for the summer after 9th grade when my history teacher, Mr. M, required our class read Brave New by Aldous Huxley, Night by Elie Wisel, and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Actually, I didn’t mind Invisible Man that much in hindsight). I still haven’t forgiven him. That summer was rough man.
With my annoying commute to and from work every day, I saw it as an opportunity to get back to doing what I love most: minding my business and reading books; but sometimes the struggle to find new and exciting books is beyond real. I’m constantly searching for something to read; oftentimes spending way too much time on the internet searching for anything remotely interesting to get me through my morning and evening rush-hour commute. In short, I don’t have that kind of time. So, I decided to use my train ride to work as my “internet.” Instead of spending hours researching books to add to my list of potential reads, I started taking mental notes of the books other passengers are reading and googling them later to see if it’s something I would want to read as well. Is this method slightly invasive and borderline stalkerish? Possibly. Maybe. Well, it really depends on who you ask. But I see no problem with it. If the book you’re reading on full display for the whole 6 train to see, my dear, it’s fair game.
Surprisingly, it’s actually been really helpful. A good number of books on my summer reading list this year is are a direct result of my stalking lol. With my self-proclaimed success, I felt it my personal responsibility to share with you guys what has been keeping me company this summer since the men dem wan act up. Check out my full list below. Drop me a comment if you’ve read any of these books or would like a full review on any of them. Enjoy! Until next time, xxx ღ
BTW: this list is in no particular order. Click on the title of each book for links to its description. bisous!
- The Accidental Diva by Tia Williams
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
- The Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
- Je Voudrais Que Quelqu’un M’attende Quelque By Anna Gavalda (for my French speakers/readers)
- The Hotel Riviera by Elizabeth Arder
- Futureface by Alex Wagner
- Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
- The Honest Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
Honorable Mentions: By The Book by Julia Sonneborn and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho