We all say to ourselves and each other, “I love to read, but I just never have the time”, well now’s the time!
Now that summer is here, you can laze around in the sun at the beach, with a book in hand.
Here are Hunter and Bligh’s top summer reads:
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
If you’re fans of Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally, and Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman, then you’ll love this book on their epic romance. Written like a script, and filled with good laughs, this book will provide you with a series of intimate conversations between the couple, including photos, anecdotes, and the occasional puzzle.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
This is an oldie but a goodie. Comedian, actress, writer, producer and playwright, Tina Fey, brings to you her life, so far, in a nutshell. Full of motivation, good advice and real talk, Tina tells us about her youthful days as a nerdy teenager, her tour on Saturday Night Live, her romantic experiences and her life as a mother.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
New York Blogger and author, Mark Manson, brings us a self-help book for those who hate self-help books. The Subtle Art is a brutally honest guide on how to have the right outlook to be successful in life. Touching on views from psychologists, Mark explores themes of happiness, passion, goals and relationships, while reflecting on his own life in an easy to follow narrative structure.
Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi is a cookery writer and chef-patron and is known for his award-winning recipes. SIMPLE features vibrant, Middle Eastern food made easy, perfect for those lazy Summer days where you want to make something nice and healthy, but don’t want to put in too much effort. The book contains a lot of diversity, including many vegetarian recipes.
Stealing the Show by Joy Press
Veteran journalist Joy Press looks at how female writers, directors, and producers have transformed the television industry in recent years. She talks about how women like Shonda Rhimes, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer and Mindy Kaling shook up the entertainment industry, but explores how the road to equality was never easy, and that there’s still work to be done.
How to stop time by Matt Haig
Similar to the story of Benjamin Button, this novel features a protagonist who looks like an everyday middle-aged man, but is actually hundreds of years old, having lived a full, wild life populated by some of history’s most famous figures. Be sure to join the adventure with him!
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
This year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows Arthur Less, a 50 years-old gay man and failed novelist who embarks on a trip across the world in order to avoid his own problems back home. This satire about an American trying to find himself abroad is worth the read!
The controversial, never-before-told story behind the royalty Hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan is written by one of its founding members, Lamont “U-God” Hawkins. This book is unfiltered, and explosive but also captures in detail, the making of one of the greatest acts in American music history.
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Set in 1988, author Rachel Joyce writes about a passionate music store owner, Frank, who has a woman, Ilse Brauchmann, walk into his music store and ultimately his life. She asks him to teach her about music and his instinct is to drop everything and run, worried the old wounds will be re-opened, but still there is something that draws him to her. Who doesn’t like a romantic comedy?
Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon by Iris Apfel
Iris Apfel is an inspiring American businesswoman who is considered one of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles, and interior design. If you’re not familiar with her, you may recognise her as the grandma who always wears eccentric clothes and over-sized round glasses. In her book, she talk of finding fame at 83 and provides musings, anecdotes and observations on all matters of clothing and life. A positive read to start the year with!