In need of a good summer read? Our friendly, lit-lovin’ employees are here to help! Whether you’re looking for the intrigue of a mystery book or the startling honesty of a memoir, we’ve got book recommendations aplenty.
See which books we fell for, and let us know your recs. Impromptu book club time!
“This summer, I’m tearing through Kerry Greenwood’s Phyrne Fisher Mysteries. Phyrne’s a glamorous, intrepid lady detective in Melbourne in the ’20s; think Miss Marple with a bob and a wardrobe by Chanel.” – Martha, Social Media Editor
“I just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman — it definitely inspired me to take a roadtrip and visit lots of kitschy roadside attractions!” – Susan, Co-founder and CCO
“The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, is a great beach read for people who think of themselves as too intellectual to have beach reads (cough, cough). Though it’s got a great plot (you find out on the first page that a group of friends have committed a murder together), you’ve also got tons of Classics references, Greek, a thinly veiled hoity-toity college, and prose that’s nothing to sniff at. Go read it.” – Esme, Fashion Writer and Editor
“I love Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg. It’s such a feel-good novel. The main character is so positive and has such a jolly outlook on life. It makes you want to enjoy every moment of life. It’s a super easy read, but not too fluffy.” – Helena, Designer Relations Associate
“Feminist Ryan Gosling.” – Julianne, Social Media Writer
“Reading memoirs by smart, funny women feels as indulgent as an afternoon of Real Housewives, but, unlike the constantly-catty stars of reality T.V., really recharges your faith in female awesomeness. I’d highly recommend Bossypants by Tina Fey and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling.” – Anna, Fashion Writer
“I really dug Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice. The main character is a cool guy detective who operates out of a surf shop, and you get whisked right into the summery, 1970s LA setting.” – Cindy, Writer/Content Strategist
“Nerd alert! I like the Nate Heller Detective series. They are pretty entertaining, and spot on for historical fiction.” – Alisa, Customer Care Advocate
“Not exactly breezy reading, but I tackled the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo one summer. I always like undertaking a seriously big book, preferably a classic. 1,500 pages, and it was fantastic!” – Hannah, Writing Development Editor
“I love Chuck Klosterman’s writing. Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas is probably my favorite; his voice is really dry and sarcastic, but the people he interviews give such interesting stories.” – Erynn, Graphic Designer
“The Dangerous Angels series by Francesca Lia Block! Weetzie Bat‘s and Witch Baby‘s eternal LA mellows you out and makes you feel magical.” – Lauren, Executive Assistant
“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed! The perfect book to inspire adventure and introspection.” – Maggie, Head of Community
“Last summer, I enjoyed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, which takes place on a beach and, thus, was quite fitting to read in sweltering weather. Plus, Fitzgerald just rocks in general.” – Christen, Fashion Writer
What books are you loving right now? All us bibliophiles here at ModCloth would love to hear your recs!