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You know we love a good read here at The Social. We’ve covered more than 50 books at The Social Chapter and we always have amazing authors on the show. But how do you find the perfect summer read? There’s a lot to choose from and it can be a little overwhelming…until now.
This summer, we’re hoping to take your reading game to the next level with The Social’s Summer Reading List. Every weekend, all summer long, we’ll reveal a specially-curated book list that will keep you occupied through the BBQs, the bonfires, the picnics and family fights. From the best beach reads to the most riveting true crime, we’re gonna do all the work for you. Who knows—maybe our resident book nerd, Jess Allen, will also throw in some of her summer picks!
This week, we’re celebrating all things fiction. Happy reading!
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
The Dial Press, 2019
If you love Sophie Kinsella, you need to add her latest novel to your list. It’s an irresistible story of love and empowerment. Fixie Farr has a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one”, and an IOU that changes everything. Jodi Picoult has called I Owe You One “a gem of a novel”, and if it’s good enough for Jodi Picoult…
BUY NOW: Indigo | $15
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Knopf Canada, 2019
This millennial love story is set in Ireland, but it’s one all generations can relate to. It’s about two friends from two very different backgrounds who eventually become lovers, but their relationship is constantly tested by social pressures, politics and class barriers. Ever since the book came out, it’s been winning major literary awards—including Book of the Year at the British Book Awards. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift are raving about it, too, so it comes as no surprise that the book will be adapted into a TV series set to air next week. Oh, and it’s our current Social Chapter read! (Be sure to tune into The Social the first week of August to hear what our hosts had to say about it!)
BUY NOW: Indigo | $18
Swap Club 3: The Climax by Lauren Wise
Del Ciotto Publishing, 2019
Some of us look for new ways to spice things up in the bedroom, but would you ever consider swapping partners with other couples? The hit trilogy by Wise involves just that. Described as Bridget Jones meets 50 Shades of Grey, Swap Club explores the sexual awakening of a stay-at-home mom who joins a swingers’ club with her husband, where they have consensual sex with other couples. Wise has a background in comedy writing, and there’s no shortage of laughs in Swap Club.
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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Doubleday Canada, 2019
From the moment this book hit the shelves, people have been obsessing over it. The book is all about a 70’s rock group called Daisy Jones and the Six and the story follows the highs and lows that come with living in the spotlight. At the heart of iall is the intense relationship between the two lead singers, Daisy and Billy. The two butt heads and fight for control, but there’s a lust for one another when they share the microphone. It’s a story that’s loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and it’s written as an oral history, so it’s like reading a tell-all interview. Basically, it’s the perfect page-turner!
“I’m obsessed with [this book]. I’ve already read it three times. During each reading, I keep picking up my phone and Googling or trying to go on YouTube to listen to the songs. These people felt so real to me. You can’t write a book like this, or enjoy it, without appreciating that gossip, and writing “gossip-ly”, is a reflection of what art can be.”
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Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017
Ali always dreamed of being a writer but life happened and, instead, she focused her energies on becoming a teacher and a mother. Until TK, that is. She recently released her first book, a young adult novel about a Muslim teen named Janna, who’s navigating life’s little things—like impressing her high school crush—and life’s big things—like surviving an attempted assault.
BUY NOW: Amazon | $16
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Balzer + Bray, 2017
This is a young adult novel about a 16 year old named Starr Carter, a black girl who is forced to navigate two different worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she lives and the predominantly white school that she attends. Starr’s world is shaken when a police officer shoots and killers her unarmed friend during a roadside stop. She witnesses the event and has to determine how much to tell and how that information will impact her community. This is Thomas’ debut book and it’s been called the YA novel of the decade. It spent more than 23 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, has been published in more than 20 countries and, here at The Social, we loved it so much we made it one of our Social Chapter picks!
“I saw myself in the main character, Starr. She lives between two worlds; the black world and the white world. My daughter does the same and we try to have those words co-exist. [The book] gave us time to share my experiences as a young girl growing up with her and her sharing more of her life with me. I love it for so many reasons.”
BUY NOW: Indigo | $22