What Books Are InStyle Staffers Reading at the Beach This Summer?
You may be stuck turning pages in a packed subway car rather than lounging poolside, yet a good read offers a quick escape from reality-harsh air conditioning and looming deadlines. We asked InStyle’s staff to divulge what’s on their must-read list for this summer, and received some surprising results.
Many strayed from the standard fluffy beach reading, opting instead for topics varying from advice to cooking, such as Anthony Bourdain’s account of his food-scouring travels. Unsurprisingly, three staffers proposed the newly released The Vacationers, The New York Times bestseller about a family vacation to Mallorca wrought with dysfunction. No matter what you're in the mood for, we've got you covered.
Katie Donbavand, Associate Producer, InStyle.com
Selene Milano, Senior Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
Sharon Clott, Senior Editor
You can't help but get involved in their business (barnesandnoble.com)!
Nika Vagner, Senior Social Media Editor
I've long admired Arianna Huffington, she launched HuffPo. I first read a quote from her book (barnesandnoble.com), how you should "sleep your way to the top"?meaning "get enough sleep and you will be more productive, more effective, and more likely to enjoy your life"?and I thought that's the book for me. It talks about how to strive at work, but shows how it's important to lead a full meaningful life?a balanced life. Call it a self-help book for the digital age.
Mari Kasanuki, Associate Editor, InStyle.com
Another novel I can't wait to dig into is Casebook by Mona Simpson (barnesandnoble.com). In an attempt to save his crumbling family, a young boy starts spying on his parents but his glimpses of the adult world end up unveiling more than he anticipated. (Author fun facts: Homer Simpson's mother was named after her and she is Steve Jobs's biological sister.)
Marianne Mychaskiw, Assistant Beauty Editor, InStyle.com
I’m late to the game since it came out a few years ago, but I’m finally reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)(barnesandnoble.com). I’m such a fan of Mindy’s and the book has me laughing out loud almost as often as a viewing of her show. Her personal anecdotes are so relatable, and the tone is so on-point. I read it in her voice, and it’s almost as if she’s one of your girlfriends casually having a conversation with you over a glass of wine, which—throw in a few bottles of nail polish for a DIY mani—would be my absolute dream.
Adrian Moreno, Art Director, InStyle.com
There's a certain sexiness that goes along well with the "nerd factor." It calls for good conversation when something so formulaic can bring a wittiness to such a topic as "solar drama." (barnesandnoble.com)
Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
I love stories about new beginnings and the romanticizing that comes along with it. The story has a similar spins that mirror with my move to N.Y.C. The ups, downs, and the reality. It's always nice to connect with a character and have those "right?!" moments. (barnesandnoble.com)
Reporting at Wit's End
This book is next on my hit-list. It sparked my curiosity with its tease into the raw world of journalism. I love a good period piece and this seems it may just bring that along with a quirky BTS factor. But in all honesty, I just saw a cute guy on the train reading it which sparked the impulse buy. Guilty! (barnesandnoble.com)
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
I also plan on re-reading LAMB by Christopher Moore this Summer. Was a hilarious book. Except this time I'll pretend Susan Sarandon is narrating it. Would add a cheeky twist, no? (barnesandnoble.com)
Kim Do, Senior Project Manager, InStyle.com
I was a little intimidated by the heft of this book (barnesandnoble.com), but this unique story about love, loss, crime, and art history was worth the read!
Jennifer Davis, Assistant Editor, InStyle.com
Leah Abrahams, Site Producer, InStyle.com
Judy Meepos, Editorial Assistant, InStyle
Courtney Munn's debut novel (barnesandnoble.com) really delves deep into the intricacies of marriage and cheating, with humor and told with a real human emotion. Richard Haddon, a British artist, lives with his wife and daughter in Paris. When his mistress unceremoniously dumps him, Richard's sudden meltdown causes the loss of his family. Can he pull himself together and win his wife back, and even more telling, can he figure out the real meaning of love in the first place?