Summer Reading List

Hi everyone! Carolyn here. I am currently knee-deep in packing for July 4th in Nantucket, and one of my favorites parts of prepping for an upcoming trip is selecting the books I am going to bring (nerd alert). To me, there is no greater pleasure than cracking open a good book on a beautiful day and taking it in with my surroundings. So I am going old school here and putting together a summer reading list for you Elana Lyn bookworms, and trust me when I say that there is something in here for everyone. Happy summer reading!
Summer Reading List

Summer Reading 2016

For the Self-Proclaimed Foodie

Summer Reading List: The perfect beach reads for summer.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan: Foodies, be prepared to geek out as you walk through human beings’ history of cooking. Pollan organizes this epic by element, so you will get a window into man’s harnessing of the grill (fire), braises, soups, and other stove-bound feats (water), the art of baking bread (air), and the science behind fermentation (Earth).

Read this if you liked The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (also by Pollan).

Summer Reading List: The perfect beach reads for summer.

For the World Traveler:

Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: Strap yourself in and prepare to be transported to Ukraine, where our hero blindly journeys with nothing but an old photograph in search of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. While the subject matter seems heavy on the surface, this is actually one of the most quirky and unconventionally comedic books I have read in recent years, while still remaining wholly touching until the end.

Read this if you liked Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (also by Foer).

For the Chick Lit Lady:

Summer Reading List: The perfect beach reads for summer.

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub: If the wildly colorful cover doesn’t get you, the endearing female characters will. Modern Lovers tells the story of two Brooklyn-based women as they find themselves confronting middle age, children growing up way too fast, and the ever-present struggle between career and home life. It is the quintessential “beach read” and could not have been more entertaining to breeze through.

Read this if you liked The Vacationers (also by Straub).

For the Dreamer With Her Head in the Clouds:

Summer Reading List: The perfect beach reads for summer.

On Such a Full Sea: A Novel by Chang-rae Lee

Set in a futuristic world that is anything but Utopian, this novel follows the journey  of Fan, a gifted diver who sets out to leave her isolated community in search of her vanished significant other. Both mind-expanding and oddly familiar, this read is a departure from the ordinary and an incredible chronicle of Fan’s adventures beyond the walls of her home.

Read this if you liked The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

Summer Reading List: The perfect beach reads for summer.

For the Memoir Maniac:

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: A stunning picture of loss, grief, and regeneration, this book completely blew me away. Magical Thinking chronicle’s the loss of Didion’s husband of nearly 40 years, and how she experienced sorrow in the wake of this great tragedy.

Read this if you liked Play It As It Lays (also by Didion).

For Those of Us Reminiscing About Our Childhoods:

The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank: This collection of short stories is both laugh-out-loud funny and universally takes you back to memories from girlhood, both the painful and poignant kinds. Regardless of when, where, or how you grew up, there is a piece of the narrative in here that is relatable for everyone.

Read this if you liked I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays by Sloane Crosley.

For Myself – The Books on My Personal Summer Reading List

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Jazz by Toni Morrison

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories  by BJ Novak

E. E. Cummings: A Life by Susan Cheever

We are always looking for good book recommendations! What do you recommend? 

By Carolyn Stine: Carolyn is the Commerce Experience Manager at Club Monaco, but her heart (and stomach) lies firmly in the food and travel universe. Despite working on the digital side of the fashion industry by day, you can most frequently find her in search of the best new restaurant, knee-deep in planning a trip to a far-reaching locale, or at her local branch of the New York Public Library. Follow Carolyn’s adventures on Instagram at @carobaker1.

Images via Carolyn Stine and Make Life Easier.

17 Responses to Summer Reading List

  1. Greta says:

    I’ve been looking for some new reads. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Greta |

  2. Tori says:

    Great list! I’m always looking for new books to read.


  3. Gabby says:

    This was perfect, as I am trying to get back into reading for pleasure and not always just for school {chemistry textbooks can only take you so far!}Thanks for this great post!

    xo, Gabby

  4. Audrey Stowe says:

    omg adding Modern Lovers and On Such A Full Sea to my list!!! thanks for the recommendations!

  5. Alix Maza says:

    Currently reading “The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprex Sweeny and loving it! “The Vacationers” was my beach read last year and I loved it also!

    Alix |

  6. Jasmine says:

    Great list! I definitely have Modern Lovers on my TBR list on goodreads. I did a summer reading list post myself and I totally agree – there’s nothing quite like opening a good book, especially during those lazy beach days.

  7. I am proud of myself to have read all these book! You will enjoy them!

    xoxo, Candice

  8. I’ve been trying to get more into reading, so thank you for these book recommendations. I just finished Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins and I highly recommend it. I’ll definitely be referring to this post for my summer reading!

  9. Alex says:

    I have been really slacking on my reading list lately. I need to add these to it!

  10. Kayleigh says:

    I need to check these out! Have a great time in Nantucket!

  11. Amy says:

    These sound like awesome reads! Need to check these out!
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  12. Annaliese says:

    I’ve been reading so much this summer and I’ll have to check these out!

    xoxo A

  13. I’m always looking for new books to read! Thanks for sharing these!

  14. Michaela says:

    So many great picks. I’ll have to add the few that I haven’t read to my future reading list.


  15. I’ve heard great things about modern lovers! Will definitely be pulling this back up later when I’m looking for a new book. Thanks for sharing!

    Pick Your Beau

  16. Amanda says:

    I love reading in the summer and I’ve been looking for some new reads. I can’t wait to check out a few of these books!


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