Reading is a personal moment when you are not only enriching your brain but entertaining yourself. It's relaxing too, whether you do it poolside or tucked under the covers. There's nothing quite like knocking out a few books over the summer and even though we're about half way through, here are 5 quick recaps to help you choose your next summer read.
Brain on Fire is the maddening memoir of a successful young woman whose brain breaks down due to an extremely rare disease. Outbursts at work, seizures in her new boyfriend’s bed, and violent behavior causes Susannah’s team of doctors to label her psychotic and on the brink of committing her to a psych hospital. But her parents press for answers against the easy way out. Susannah pieces together her experience with memory and facts delivering a true story that will have you wondering if you could survive a brain on fire. As a #1 New York Times Bestseller and recent Netflix movie, be sure to read before watching. This will change the way you view mental health diagnosis.
Classic Beach Read:
Okay so we haven’t read it yet but it’s on the nightstand and there is much anticipation. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger is the spin off to Devil Wears Prada! This novel follows the assistant we secretly loved, Emily Charlton, after her days at Miranda Priestly’s office. She is joined by a cast of characters all fighting their way through some serious drama and apparently we get a cameo of Miranda herself. This sounds like the perfect mix of fashion, mystery, and sass that cooks up the most delicious beach read.
Twerking on Yourself:
The Self Help category needs a new name, any suggestions? Regardless, we love the cult classic You are A Badass by Jen Sincero. This honorary babe serves up some clutch wisdom and knowledge surrounding how to live the life you want. Although many authors and speakers have tackled this subject, Sincero offers applicable information using real world examples from her own life and others. This is a great audio book option because the chapters are short and easy to pick up from where you left off. Feel inspired driving to work, shopping for groceries, or with your eyes closed in a hot bath. You’ll thank us when you’re slaying life with ease.
If you’re looking for something a bit more challenging than your typical “who dun it” novel, Love and Other Ways of Dying by Michael Paterniti is a great choice for spreading your literary wings. This essay collection is written with intention and grace allowing your mind to wander the unusual which just happen to be real. Paterniti writes about the human experience with focus and abstraction while his language tickles your taste buds. Buckle up because while this is ultimately an uplifting collection, your emotions will be tested.
Available at Brightside:
If you didn’t know, we carry some rad books at Brightside both in stores and online. Though novels aren't necessarily our forte, we have some awesome cookbooks, beauty books, coffee table books, and more. A few of our titles include Around the World in 80 Cocktails, Legendary Ladies, What's Your Poo Telling You, and Eat Pretty. Quite a variety, right?