Summer lovin’ + readin’

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It’s spring – finally. (Actually it’s basically summer given the meteoric rise in mercury this week and last, but we digress.) The cherry blossoms are at their peak bloom, the Met Museum rooftop is open, and rosé is officially our go-to drink at happy hour. With summer vacation in sight, now’s the perfect time to introduce some great reads. We asked some of our favorite gals what’s on their summer reading lists and got quite the list of titles. From cookbooks to classic American Lit, we’ve got our beach reads teed out for us. Book club anyone?

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls  – David Sedaris
Known for his down-right hilarious short stories and comedic essays (Raise your hand if you laughed until you cried at Me Talk Pretty One Day?), and his latest is no exception. Grab this because sometimes you just need a really good laugh.

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are – Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mars
Our obsession love affair with Paris continues. Tips on how to have an affair – or at least make your partner believe you are – stack your books perfectly, apply mascara and parent. (Yes, parent.)

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Let’s be real, the last time you picked up this book you were probably in middle school, it was required reading and you wanted to be at the skating rink rather than at home actually reading it. Time to revisit this classic, especially with the news that Harper Lee is publishing a new book (after 55 years!). You’ll be glad you did.

Just Kids – Patti Smith
Rock stars and New York City in the 70’s – are there any better subjects for a biography? Patti’s poetic writing makes us fall in love with New York (and Robert Mapplethorpe) all over again.

Still Alice – Lisa Genova
SPOILER ALERT: There will be tears. Do yourself a favor and read this book before watching the film. It’s a beautifully written and heartfelt account that will shed insight on what it’s like to live, and love, someone battling Alzheimer’s.

Best Food Writing of 2014 – Holly Hughes
It’s no secret we’re obsessed with all-things food and pin-worthy food photography (Wright Kitchen we’re looking at you), so it’s only right this landed on the list. We dare you not to venture to your local farmer’s market, pick up exotic-to-you ingredients and cook like the pros. Added bonus: you’ll discover new foodie bloggers to follow.