It may be smack in the middle of summer, but it’s never too late to curl up on a piece of pool furniture and dig into a good book. It’s these warmer months that always fuel one with a new-found wave of motivation. It may be that it marks the mid-point of your year, or there’s a freedom to it that let’s our mind wander, but we want to give you the female-penned reading materials to light that mental fire.
The following are not only a carefully selected six from women who inspire us, but also brand spanking new, so that you’ll be up on your book club convo and ready to impress with your literary findings. Let’s get to it, these books won’t read themselves…
The Idiot by Elif Batuman
Back to a time before Millennials roamed the Earth, and email was just a budding concept, The Idiot plays out a summer scene of virtual pen pals, and finding love in a European landscape. While this sounds exactly like what we’ve been dreaming of all year long, you’ll have to discover the novels main character Selin’s experiences all on your own. Sometimes first love isn’t as free-spirited as it seems.
The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
For our fellow true crime junkies this is the story that will have you cancelling aperol spritz happy hours, and opting for consecutive nights in while you devour your new read. Though it may peek your investigative interests, be warned this is not an easy subject matter. It is however, the beautiful journey of a young junior lawyer, and her digestion of acts of evil, and forgiveness.
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
After getting our hands on Gay’s first book of essay Bad Feminist, we submitted ourselves to the category of die hard fans. Her ability to magnify personal, and cultural experiences of women has a talent not to be taken lightly. Difficult Women is no different. The world that Gay unfolds for us allows us to bridge social class, race, and even try on others traumas. It reminds us that the facts of one woman is the facts of all.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller
What’s a steamy summer reading list without the thrilling mystery? Main character Ingrid lays out an investing plot in which she writes her husband letters about her truest feelings, and proceeds to hide them within his extensive book collection, all before disappearing into thin air. Getting Gone Girl Vibes? We think this ones’ even better as its cast sets out years later on a scavenger hunt of sorts to find out what happened to Ingrid. We’re thinking a good one to read aloud over the campfire.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Women by Anne Helen Peterson
Cue the spotlight on pop culture circa right this minute, as Peterson’s new book will analyze even your own unintentional slut shaming. We are a culture obsessed for both good and bad with the celebrity, and this new-found voice of the brazen woman has caught our attention. The book pin-points what it is we love to hate about women in the limelight, and turns the lens back on us.
Sour Heart: Stories by Jenny Zhang
Just barely hitting shelves umm… 48 hours ago, this freshest of fresh reads is yours to consume. From the eyes and mind of a Chinese immigrant growing up in America, Sour Heart is the story of a girl defining herself on new soil — or the roach infested asphalt of New York City. Summing up an onion-like journey through confusing, comedic, and strengthening moments of womanhood (Zhang holds nothing back and that’s why we love her) — those ones that make us the dynamic individuals become.