This is not a drill. It’s here. It’s finally here. Summer has finally arrived.
Now that we’ve made it I think it’s important we treat ourselves to spending hours reading by the beach, by the campfire, in your tent, on a plane. Wherever you’re going this summer, this reading list has you covered. All books pair well with iced drinks and straw hats.
Technically it’s not a book, but it’s definitely something that should be in your beach bag. Aesthetically pleasing, entertaining, and informative, it’s the magazine for people who also smoke weed. Within the pages you’ll find a guide to CBD, a series of how to’s, an investigation into the lifestyle book industry, and my personal favourite, a beautifully designed Dyson ad. As a plus, the magazine looks great in Instagram pics so what more could you ask for?
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
If you haven’t read this book, do yourself a favour. If you read the book as a child, but haven’t rediscovered it as an adult, you’re welcome.
Halfway through his wizard training, this is Harry’s coming of age story. This book takes you deeper into the characters’ minds and the darkness of the wizarding world. Death eaters, house elves, merpeople, absolute chaos and sexual tension. If that’s not enough to intrigue you, it’s also the Triwizard Tournament. It’s not often that as adults we get to use our imagination and let our inner child come out to play. I urge you to give it a try, and this book is the perfect conduit.
House in the Sky
The true and vivid memoir of Amanda Lindhout beautifully written as a novel that is captivating, heartbreaking, and full of courage. After years of waitressing in Calgary, saving up enough money to travel the globe, she backpacked through America, Bangladesh, India, and Laos. With each adventure she let her curiosity take the lead. In August 2008, she traveled to Somalia, “the most dangerous place on earth,” and on her fourth day, was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road in the middle of nowhere. This is her detailed experience of being held hostage for over 400 days and everything it took to stay alive.
Make sure to carve out a few hours for this book, it’s nearly impossible to put down.
The Minds of Billy Milligan
The true story of the first person in U.S. history acquitted of a major crime by pleading multiple-personality disorder, claiming that two of his personalities committed the crimes without him being aware of it. With 24 personalities, the life of Billy Milligan is as tragic as it is fascinating. This book brilliantly captures how far the human mind will go to protect itself.
Hot tip: get a library card. The average library will let you take out 100 books at a time, give you three weeks to read them, and they’re free! Which means more money for things like new essentials oils or fresh flowers for your apartment.
Summer on my friends, summer on.
Words by Chloe Popove. Image via Pinterest.