Photo illustrated by Ndidi Nwosu
Photo illustrated by Ndidi Nwosu
By Sara Davidson 04/19/22 11:35 PM
With summer fast approaching, many students’ brains will finally have room for something other than organic chemistry or the latest coding problem to solve. Take this time to read again for fun. Here’s a series of summer recommendations perfect for spending time on a plane, by the pool, or just on your couch. All fit into the journey in one way or another, and each has its own adventure that will leave you wanting more.
1. “Summer at Tiffany’s” by Marjorie Hart
This memoir, set in New York in 1945, tells the story of Majorie Jacobson and her best friend Marty Garrett, who work at Tiffany & Co. during the summer and are the first women to work in the sales room. . They wear lavish dresses and rave to their other friends about the glitz and glamor at one of New York’s most famous institutions. This book offers nostalgia for times past in the best way, girls having fun adventures around the city, while being a timely piece that shows the end of WWII from the perspective of two women starting out in the world. . Definitely a great light book for relaxing by the pool, and one that will make you want to explore the ins and outs of a city at a turning point in history.
2. “Where did you go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple
This comedic story is told entirely through emails, bills and school memos to tell the story of Bernadette, her daughter Bee and her husband Elgin, who together solve the mystery of Bernadette’s disappearance. The concurrent themes of families coming to terms with who they are and a daughter’s unconditional love for her mother are explored. The hilarious characters each have distinct motivations, inspiring comedy and drama that takes the characters on an adventure all the way to Antarctica. Bernadette is a character who, despite her flaws, everyone can relate to and is sure to keep readers on their toes.
3. “Mixed Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by EL Königsburg
This slightly older book aimed at a slightly younger audience (recommended reading is for ages 8-12) is also a fun, light and easy-to-read book, perfect for a picnic or a day out. idleness. It follows Claudia, who flees with her brother to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. They solve a mystery within the museum, while managing to live in a functioning museum. This tale is sure to have you laughing and rooting for the two young leads as they make their way through the Big Apple. This story also includes a mix of letters and various files thrown into the normal narration, allowing for a more immersive and fun reading experience.
4. “People We Meet on Vacation” by Emily Henry
Did you really think you’d make it through this list without at least one sappy, cute, and funny romance novel? Think again girls. This romantic comedy is about two best friends who become lovers. A slow burn, as well as a good holiday read, given the title, it’s perfect for anyone who wants to lose themselves in a romance book and enjoy some incredible humor and great writing. I can’t promise it won’t be like all the other slow-burn friends-to-lovers books, but I can promise it’ll be a good time.
5. “Last Summer at the Golden Hotel” by Elyssa Friedland
This book is set in the Catskills of New York, a place anyone familiar with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” or “Dirty Dancing” will recognize. It revolves around the Goldman and Weingold families and their annual reunion who together run the magnificent “Golden Hotel”. Secrets, family dramas and financial scandals have come to light after a tempting offer is made to the families, and they must work to save their hotel before it is lost. This novel has drama, luxury and nostalgia for a vacation in the beautiful Catskills of upstate New York, another perfect book to get lost in.