Whether you’ve just graduated from high school or you’re in between semesters in college, it’s important to keep reading. A study at Emory University showed that becoming immersed in a novel actually improves brain connectivity and problem-solving skills. Reading was also found to improve emotional intelligence and, interestingly, empathy. Readers are more likely to be able to put themselves in the shoes of others! So, reading keeps you sharp and helps you become a better person.
I’ve put together a list of ten books that I think are great summer reads.
Did we miss something from your list? Add your suggestions to the comments section below!
1. The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy
Journalist Ariel Levy tells the story of her adventurous career and then unimaginable loss in “this year’s must-read memoir” (W magazine).
2. Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan
If you’ve read Crazy Rich Asians, then Kwan’s next book is a must-read, detailing the life of a family dealing with extravagant money problems.
3. The Terrible, Yrsa Daley-Ward
This memoir tells the story of poet Daley-Ward’s magical childhood in England and the road to finding her poetic voice.
4. Red Clocks, Leni Zumas
Red Clocks has been recognized as our generation’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as it follows the lives of five women living in America, where abortion has become entirely illegal.
5. This Is Me, Chrissy Metz
If you’ve seen This Is Us, then you know of the emotional journey that Chrissy Metz’s character, Kate Pearson, endures. Metz writes about her story and what it takes to play a character with that much emotion and honesty, ultimately instilling a sense of inspiration and perseverance in the reader.
6. Still Me, Jojo Moyes
In the third book in the Me Before You series, Louisa Clark continues her romantic adventures, this time in New York City.
7. Brave, Rose McGowan
At the front of the #MeToo movement, McGowan has risen above the Hollywood status quo to share her story and identity with the world. Brave continues to share this story while calling others to action.
8. How to Murder Your Life, Cat Marnell
Marnell worked at some of the top fashion magazines in the country – all while living a life of addiction, chaos, and danger as a young woman trying to make it in New York City. She tells of her constant battle between addiction and aspiration in How to Murder Your Life.
9. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan Peterson
A novel for the curious, 12 Rules for Life lays out 12 rules that educate and transform the ideas of readers, ranging from lobster nervous systems to Egyptian worship.
10. The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
The Immortalists follows five decades of life of four children living on the Lower East side of Manhattan after they learn the dates of their deaths. Benjamin manages to ask the question, if you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?
Now that you have the ClassTracker list at your disposal, go out there and find your books!
You can locate your local library using this handy site: If you’d rather read online, Bookbub has hundreds of books for free and available to download. Personally, I love owning my own books (seriously, my bedroom is a fire hazard thanks to the endless stacks of books). I highly recommend hunting down a used bookstore or searching your local thrift shops. And if you’d rather shop online, Thriftbooks, Abebooks, and Amazon are great sources for used books.
Have a wonderful summer, ClassTrackers!
Additional Reading Lists:
- Refinery 29: Best Books
- Refinery 29: Best Books of 2017
- NPR's Best Books List
- Goodread's Top 100 Books to Read Before College