One of the best parts of summer is sprawling out near a body of water and indulging in a juicy piece of literature. Here are five titles that you will wish had been on your high school summer required-reading list – one option each for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Travel Memoir, Spiritual, and Autobiography.
The Map of Time, by Felix J. Palma (fiction)
The infamous H.G. Wells is our main protagonist in this three part time travel journey, taking place on the cusp of the 20th century. The book, broken into three parts, uses Wells as a common denominator between all of the characters we meet and the bold adventures they embark upon through time to search for truth in the future and to erase the mistakes of the past. It’s a great period piece that explores the concepts of time travel before the element of modern day technology. It’s a brilliant journey that will expand your mind on the concept of time travel in every sense of the word.
Moonwalking With Einstein, by Joshua Foer (nonfiction)
The power of memory is an exceptional skill that, according to Joshua Foer, is something we all have the capacity to utilize. It’s just a matter of how? Foer takes us on his journey into the underground world of the United States Memory Championship. His story starts as a journalist recording the event all the way to his insatiable hunger to compete and take home the Championship himself. It will completely change the way you see and understand Western Education as well as cue you in on some of the secrets to practicing and bettering your own memory.
Machu My Picchu, by Iris Bahr (travel memoir)
If you’ve got a travel bug but don’t quite have your next vacation planned, Irish Bahr’s “Machu My Picchu” is a great vicarious read to calm that itch. With a David Sedaris tone, Iris takes us on her journey through Peru, Ecuador and Columbia as she searches for sex or a soul mate; whichever comes first. Her lack of censorship, hilarious references to her past and witty yet traumatizing anecdotes make you feel as though you are sneaking a read out of your best friends journal.
Spirit Junkie, by Gabrielle Bernstein (spiritual)
Spirit Junkie is a great read for any of you caught in the middle of your Quarter Life Crisis. Author Gabrielle Bernstein tells her story of going from her darkest years of drugs and partying to transforming her life into becoming a spiritual guru. She teaches how to change your perception of yourself and those around you in order accept, love and heighten well-being. If other spiritual books have been to hippie or granola for you in the past, Bernstein’s edgy and applicably modern perspective will be a refreshing addition to your home library.
Wonderful Tonight, by Pattie Boyd (Autobiography)
Ex-wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, Pattie Boyd has one of the most sincere and fascinating stories to tell about her time with some of rocks biggest legends. As the muse for hits like Clapton’s “Layla” and Harrison’s “Something”, Boyd writes intimately about her time with the artists during some of their hardest and darkest years. It’s a beautifully raw and charming manifest of secrets Boyd and the city of London shared during the sex, drugs and rock and roll era of music.
By Lori Gottlieb