5 Summery Books to get You Through the Winter

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So, winter has officially made its comeback and while many of us can’t wait to take an early morning on an empty slope, we also can’t wait for summer. Seniors are impatiently (but also fearfully) awaiting the end of our high school career, the 11th graders awaiting their scarier-than-it-actually-is final year, 10th graders awaiting the beginning of the cool bit of high school, and finally the 9th graders wondering if their prayers to the coffee machine gods will be answered in their second year. To get through the tedious and partly painful wait for summer we need a saviour. This saviour takes shape in the most unexpected form… a book. These next few lovely pieces of written artwork will not only transport you far from the icy mountains and coffee-machineless high school cafeterias but they will make the aforementioned wait a little more bearable.


If you need a bit of a summer fling feel:

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

Review: “In the title novella, a young woman named Nell plans a romantic weekend trip to Paris only to find out that her boyfriend made a last-minute decision not to accompany her. Although Nell typically plays it safe, she eventually decides to enjoy her time in Paris alone. Her newfound sense of adventure allows her to enjoy the romance and excitement of the city (and a new man). Most of the short stories here follow a similar format: a woman who is unsatisfied with her relationship stumbles into a new situation or makes an out-of-character decision. One woman runs into an old lover at a party, one wears another woman’s shoes and experiences surprising results, and another ends up involved in a bank robbery. Women try out new identities, styles, and relationships and then either make triumphant changes or realize how wonderful their lives really were in the first place. This leads to a series of stories that can feel a bit homogenous, but Moyes’ engaging writing keeps things enjoyable. While there’s nothing earth-shattering in this collection, it’s a pleasant and charming read”.



My Commentary: This book will transport all my Parisian wannabe girls and boys to the city of lights and love. You can be anywhere while reading this, smell the yummy croissants (if you’d like this *sans a book, sit in the school cafeteria) and hear the sounds of a fun French city.


For those who just need the salt of the ocean and the long lazy days of summer:

Summer Days and Summer Nights by twelve authors (listed below)

Review: “Punk-romance regret reigns in Francesca Lia Block’s rich-yet-minimalist “Sick Pleasures,” while the pressure of making life-changing choices underlies Libba Bray’s hilarious zombie horror “Last Stand at the Cinegore,” Veronica Roth’s “Inertia,” and editor Perkins’ heart-smart “In Ninety Minutes, Turn North.” In this summer companion to Perkins’ previous winter holiday romance anthology, My True Love Gave to Me (2014), characters are universally deftly drawn, and the language is typically distinct and compelling. Repeated themes include struggling with well-being, witnessing separation or divorce, or being left by one or more parents, as well as the impacts of those experiences on building trust and new relationships. While the collection holds variety in setting and genre, as well as in sexual orientation, the racial and ethnic diversity of characters isn’t as broad as one might hope. Yet this is a star-studded lineup that doesn’t disappoint, wisely capped by Lev Grossman’s brilliant “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things,” in which the protagonists experience time repeating in an endless loop—until it doesn’t.”


My Commentary: This book has the word ‘Summer’ in its title twice…if that’s not enough to get you through the harsh winters of our beloved Schweiz then I don’t know what will (actually scratch that, hot chocolate is a pretty solid way of keeping out the cold).


For those of you who believe, just as I do, that the scandals in the news are a call to action:

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman by Anne Helen Petersen

Review: You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated, too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of unruliness to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.

My Commentary: Who run the world? GIRLS!


Searching for your oasis in the desert? I know just the book for you:

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


Review: Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.

My Commentary: Just the best book ever. I’ve read this at least seven times in the past year.


And no reading list would be complete without a bit of Poetry:

The Sun and her Flowers by: Rupi Kaur:

Review: From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry.  A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself. Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

One of the poems: 
this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept 
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year 
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom

My Commentary: Edgar Allan Poe who? Rupi Kaur has just become the most important literary influence in my life. Calling on the English Department, this collection of poetry is a must read!!


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