Of course we asked the girl who started the @coolgirlbookclub to shout out a few of her favorite reads and tell us just why we should read them. Here, Summer Dawn Miller, babe in the flesh and bookworm at heart, does just that. We’ve already added them all to our Amazon cart with Modern Love topping our list.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: (Trigger warning: this book contains subject matter on child abuse and rape.) “This is the book that I read before everyone. I preordered it from Barnes and Noble and waited by the phone until they called me and told me that I could come pick it up. There are some survivors of abuse who find comfort in reading other’s stories, even though this is a work of fiction. I’m one of them. This book was a wake up call to me that I have a lot healing to do and that I have to spend the rest of my life doing so. This is a book that reminded me of who I am and what I’ve been through and that people will love me, cherish me, and protect me regardless.”
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf: “This book follows Alexander von Humboldt throughout Latin America and Europe. Andrea writes about Humboldt in a way that makes him seem so modern. This is an important read if you live in New York or another big city. It’s an escape. When he’s collecting plants near Chimborazo I think ‘What am I doing here?’ I want to be where he was.
Goodnight, Beautiful Women by Anna Noyes: “A collection of short stories that are all related — delicately. There’s one story in here that is unlike anything you’ve ever read and you will feel so different once you read it. You’ll know when you get to it.”
Seascape with Sharks and Dance by Don Nigro: “This a play and it’s my dream role. You can read the whole thing in an hour and you will feel lighter afterwards, maybe even sexier. This is for you if you don’t enjoy reading. If that is you, reading plays might change you.”
The Summer Book by Tove Jannsson: “The book that I never wanted to end. This book is magical, sunny, slow. Sophia is a patient six year old in Finland and she’s spending the summer with her grandmother. ‘On an island, everything is complete’.”
Scenes from a Childhood by Jon Fosse: “A book that I picked up because it’s been praised Karl Ove Knausgaard and I’ve read two of his volumes from My Struggle and his book called Summer. It’s a book of short stories that are all easy enough to follow, but it’s the last story that will make you feel like you’re going crazy. ‘And Then My Dog Will Come Back to Me’ is so haunting and strange and feels like a dream.”
Modern Love by Constance de Jong: “The ideal book to carry around and read and reread all summer at the park. It’s romantic, dirty, unique.”
Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong: “Bari escapes North Korea during a famine in the ’90s and somehow manages to make it to London as a refugee where she begins working as a masseuse. When you think she’s happy and safe she suffers another loss. It reads like an ancient myth.”