So I love to read. I read around a book a month while I'm in school, but I can read faster if I'm really focused and have plenty of free time. Today, as requested by my good friend MacKenzie, I'll be sharing some reading recommendations for your summer reading lists.
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
This book gives an inside look at Sophia Amoruso's rise from homelessness to CEO of the popular Internet store Nasty Gal. Though the store itself may be questionable at times, Amoruso's rise to success is inspiring for anyone, especially those looking to break into the fashion industry in a rather untraditional way.
The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever by Teri Agins
For those of you interested in fashion, marketing or retail, this is a great non-fiction read about how the rise of advertising, fast fashion and department stores brought down the fashion industry as we once knew it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
There's no denying that I'm an introvert... and trust me when I say that I'm often misunderstood due to my lack of speaking. I often get told I have resting bitch face (I'll admit this is true), but there is power in being quiet. Susan Cain talks about how introverts are just as powerful as their extroverted counterparts in several ways. If you're introverted like I am, this is the perfect book to add to your summer reading list.
It by Alexa Chung
The popular fashion icon, Alexa Chung, discusses her inspirations for everything from music to fashion. If you're not a fan of long reads, you're in luck. Chung uses lots of visuals in her book to fill up the pages.
South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
Didion's latest novel compares her travels through the South with her life in the West. This was the first Didion novel I've read, but I plan to add more of her popular books to my reading list this season.
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris by Alicia Drake
After reading this, I wanted to go back to 1970s Paris during the rise of both Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. Filled with sex, drugs, and competition, this accurate account of the times will leave you wondering how these people survived a decade filled with sin and insane fashion.
The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Fürstenberg
Another story behind a famous designer. I personally love Diane and her brand, and this book is an inside look of the former princess and her rise to wrap dress fame.
Night by Elie Wiesel
Ignore my name written on the cover, but this is a book I continue to read over and over. I know that it's sad and haunting, but Wiesel's account of life inside Nazi concentration camps is a must read for everyone.
The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
One of the best books I've read in awhile, Levy's memoir is both sad, funny and beautiful all at the same time. I promise that you won't be able to put this book down once you start reading it.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I can see why everyone loves this book — Kaur's poetry is hauntingly beautiful, and everyone can find one poem in here that speaks to them in one way or another.
Champagne Supernovas: Kate Moss, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and the '90s Renegades Who Remade Fashion by Maureen Callahan
The final book on my list is about another group of people and their rise to fame. Designers Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen and model Kate Moss round out this list with another alcohol soaked, drug ridden rise to popularity in the decade we all know and love.
Next up: Marlena by Julie Buntin
On recommendation from the Instagram book club by Emma Roberts, I'm about to start Marlena. I'll be sure to let you all know how it is and if you should add it to your summer reading list.
These are all books that I've read and loved, so I hope you love them, too! Please leave any of your recommendations in the comments so I can add some books to my list this summer.