Summer may be the season of blockbuster movies and leisurely hours spent flipping through magazines pool-side, but there's something about the long days and relaxed vibe at this time of year that makes me crave a good book. And by "good," I mean entertaining, light, and eclectic—as evidenced by the 6 books on my must-read list this season.
1. How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits distills the essence of chic Parisian living into a series of aphorisms, anecdotes, and mini essays. The book tackles everything from style and skincare to socializing, entertaining, leisure, and dating à la Parisienne. Worth reading and savouring (and then Instagramming on your nightstand).
2. I've been anticipating China Rich Girlfriend since reading Kevin Kwan's OTT debut novel Crazy Rich Asians last year. If the sequel is anything like its predecessor, expect a dishy look at Asia's wealthiest denizens, plenty of luxury brand name-dropping, and a sly skewering of the class-ism and prejudice that exists among overseas Chinese.
3. Sophie Kinsella's books are one of my major guilty pleasures: they're light and frothy and compulsively readable, with storylines that echo the 90s heyday of romantic comedies. Finding Audrey—about a fourteen-year old dealing with an anxiety disorder—is Kinsella's first foray into young adult fiction.
4. There has to be a bit of work mixed in with the play, right? Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management is tailor-written for millennials like me who find themselves ascending the first few rungs of the corporate ladder and in leadership and management positions overseeing peers of all generations. The book has solid advice for sharpening communication and leadership skills, as well as understanding how different generations interact and conflict in the workplace.
5. Like many girls my age, I can quote large chunks of Clueless dialogue off the top of my head, so it comes as no surprise that As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew made the list. (Here's an inside look courtesy of Vanity Fair.)
6. From Gossip Girl to The Nanny Diaries, New York's Upper East Side remain a source of fascination for us plebeians. Now in Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin once again puts this world under scrutiny, this time with a pseudo-academic/anthropological twist. (Here's a sneak peek courtesy of the NY Times.)
Your turn! What's on your reading list this summer?