We’re bookworms year-round, but once the mercury starts rising we’re especially keen to crack open a good read and soak up the sun. Add in the fact that June, July and August are often vacation times for team eXO and you’ve created the perfect setting for some serious summer scholarship. Ahead, we’re sharing what we’re most looking forward to devouring this summer. Read on!
We're ready to hit the pool with a good book . . . how about you? Photo via fashion me now
Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
If you’ve read any of Kwan’s two previous novels – the laugh-out-loud funny Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, then you’ll understand why we’re so excited to read the third volume of his hilarious skewering of Asian uber-wealth. Rich People Problems follows one family as they vie for their sick grandmother’s massive fortune – and if it’s anything like his previous two, we’ll be cackling the day away at the beach.
The Rules Do Not Apply – Ariel Levy
Recently devoured by eXO’s CEO Cat Enright, this select is decidedly different than your typical beach read. Ariel Levy is an accomplished New Yorker author best known for her brutal essay “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” where she details out her harrowing miscarriage at 19 weeks. In her memoir, she speaks to this experience, as well as the devastating break-up of her marriage. Tough stuff, but sometimes beach days need to be injected with a bit of sobriety.
Pizza Camp: Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia – Joe Beddia
Who says you can’t read a cookbook by the pool? We’re all about that life and we’re very, very excited to read Philadelphia pizza master extraordinaire Joe Beddia’s guide for making a delicious pie at home. Mark this as the summer where we swap grilled hot dogs for grilled pizza…
The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
We wouldn’t have a proper summer reading list without at least one throwback on here, and James’ masterpiece does the trick. The story of American Isabel Archer abroad is one of romance, conflict, betrayal and self-actualization. It’s also a powerful reflection on women’s independence, the influence of money and the realities of living with the decisions we make, all told in James’ technically brilliant, stream-of-consciousness writing style.
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign – Jonathan Allen
Given that the current Leader of the Free World is a temperamental reality TV star (sorry!), we’ll read this one with a bit of morbid fascination. After all, how did the 2016 election actually happen? Allen’s book delves into the many issues plaguing the Clinton campaign – from relying too much on data to ultimately lacking a strong core message. Make America Great Again? Sigh.