Summer Reading

IT’S HOT. Not only that, but I am officially done with college and soon moving from NYC to Los Angeles, California where my immediate plans including laying on the beach until my skin is leather. In order to stave off the inevitable existential dread that comes with any newly-printed degree, I am focusing less on the “career” path and more on the “reading all the books you have put off for the last four years” path. 

My dad has an amazing habit of sending me books he reads about in the New Yorker e-mail newsletter (classy guy!). But as a result, I have amounted a vast collection of books that I’ve been forced to watch gather dust while I drag myself through The Canterbury Tales for the fourth time (no ouffense, Chaucer). 

This summer, I want to read books that will make me a more curious and adventurous reader and writer. Of course I want to get hip to the likes of Elena Ferrante and Yanagihara, but I can’t wait to dig into Uprooted, which has been recommended to me more times than I can count; or On Writing which is the concrete source of 99% of literary advice I’ve ever received. I’m also eager to dig into some Raymond Chandler, who Murakami regularly cites as one of his greatest influences. Plus new Roxane Gay? See y’all in the fall. 

What are you reading this summer?

 

 

 

currently reading + knitting + doing

Reading:

  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: I received this book as a birthday gift months ago and had avoided starting it. After all, the concept of reading yet another WWII story can be a bit daunting after experiencing the American public school English curriculum. Nevertheless, something compelled me to open this book about a month ago and I have never torn through something so quickly. Every page was beautiful, romantic, mysterious, and elegantly written. It’s a completely unique story set against a familiar backdrop. I’ll stop all of this embarrassing gushing now–just go read it!
  • Yes Please by Amy Poehler: A cute, quick, and not-too-involved memoir(ish). Perfect for the train.
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick: Void of sensationalism and opinion, this book is the most honest take I’ve ever come across regarding the history of modern North Korea. It follows students, doctors, relationships, mothers, teachers–each of their experiences unique.

Knitting:

  • Ski Mask: After the (possible spoiler?) Pussy Riot cameo in the new season of House of Cards, I had to. The yarn looks like vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and is squishy beyond compare. I have to finish up the eye hole area and of course add a redonkulous pom-pom, but after that–who’s down for a free pattern?
  • Baby Blue Pullover: Basically a conglomeration of various goofy 90’s Drops patterns–I was trying to formulate the perfect cropped, loose fitting jumper. I still have to sew it up and add the collar, so who knows what kind of results we’re talking.

Doing:

  • Glossier: The other Friday night, I was blessed enough for my bestie to come over with a brand new box of Glossier beauty products. We did the full facial routine and I think it’s safe to say we both felt like goddesses.
  • Bob Dylan Live 1966: My dad has a habit of mailing me CD’s of music he’s currently listening to. Earlier this week, I got this set in the mail without explanation. I’ve seen Bob Dylan in concert once, about five years ago, and I honestly couldn’t figure out a single song he was playing (except for at one point when someone threw a leopard skin pillbox hat onto the stage. Nice.). His early performances though? A++.

What are you into?

xxoo