Summer means shutting off the iPhone, turning on the vacation alert email and heading off to the nearest relaxation destination. Our number one companion? A really good book to get lost in on those warm and lazy afternoons spent stretched out on a chaise longue. From perfume tales and memory loss to the journeys of a single girl, these summer reads are guaranteed to satisfy the novel cravings you’ve had all year.
Before it becomes a Movie:
How to be Single by Liz Tuccillo
Tired of being asked by every family member, co-worker, neighbour and nail technician why you’re still single? Julie Jensen knows what that’s like. Inspired by the dating lives of her New York friends, she decides to explore how bachelorettes around the world deal without a significant other. Drew Barrymore is set to direct a movie by the same name based on the book, but no word yet on a release date.
For the Beauty Buff:
The Perfect Scent by Chandler Burr
Burr is a New York Times perfume critic (hello dream job) following the creation of two industry-defining perfumes in Paris and New York. This behind-the-scenes look at the science and art of the virtually unknown perfume industry will surely train your nose to appreciate the beauty of the perfect scent.
Not your standard chick-lit:
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
One morning you’re sweating it out at the gym, the next you’re unable to remember the last decade of your life. Alice Love wakes up thinking she’s a happy 29-year-old newly wed and mom-to-be, when in fact she’s 39, a mother of three and in the midst of a bitter divorce. A witty and emotional story about life and relationships, Moriarty asks us to look at our lives through the eyes of our younger selves.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
You might have caught one of the two films, but there’s a good chance you still have Nabokov’s most famous and controversial novel on your “To Read” list. Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged college professor infatuated with the pre-teen Dolores Haze. Why not nominate this eyebrow-raising love story for your book club, and discuss Humbert’s doomed passion over bottled Coke and lollipops.
Get that pocketbook in shape:
Does This Make My Assets Look Fat? by Susan L. Hirshman
This J.P. Morgan financial adviser pairs the rules of dieting with finance to breakdown the basic financial and wealth management information every modern woman should know. Investing, like fitness goals, requires discipline and patience, but with Hirshman’s “financial diet” plan you can learn how to get on track for a successful future that still leaves some funds for Starbucks and shoe shopping.
Daniela DiStefano is a Toronto writer, editor and blogger. Follow her on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/ddeestefano and her blog http://www.danieladistefano.com