5 Must-Read Books // Summer 2016

Summer is perhaps the most perfect season for reading. School is out, offices are closed and work is done (for most of us): time to grab some books, find a nice place in the sun and start reading! This season I have chosen some really nice reads, because I recently picked up a book that brought back my love for reading and inspired me to go to the bookstore and invest in some great reading material.

// “On Life” – Anna Nooshin

on life

The first book on my list is one I got for my birthday last June and it’s written by a woman I admire a lot. Anna Nooshin is a hugely successful online entrepreneur, blogger, vlogger and author. In 2015, Anna published her first book, called “On Top”, which focuses on her career path and offers a so-called handbook for online success (you can write my review of her book right here). Her second book “On Life” is, as the title already suggests, more focused on Anna’s personal life story and experiences.

The book is published in a pocket size, which is ideal for traveling. You can easily put the book in your bag and take it with you wherever you go. “On Life” is more than a just a nice read, it’s filled with style and career tips, and beautiful photos of Anna and her loved ones.

// “The Girls” – Emma Cline

the girls

One of the most talked about debuts of 2016 is “The Girls”, written by Emma Cline. The young author received a staggering 2 million dollar deal to write three books, of which the first is already a worldwide bestseller. The novel is based upon the notorious Manson Family murders in California in the late 1960s. Charles Manson was the leader of a hippie commune, consisting out of young boys and girls who had ran away from home. In the Summer of 1969, Manson and his so-called family committed a series of murders, including the one on actress Sharon Tate and her son. The murders and those responsible were much featured in the media and in the countless police reports, non-fiction books and films which were published after.

Now it is Emma Cline who touches upon the story of the Manson Family. In “The Girls”, fourteen-year-old Evie Boyd falls under the sensual spell of a group of young women, wearing filthy dresses, no shoes and braids in their long, unwashed hair. These girls are part of a cult formed around the charismatic Russell, who puts dreams of changing the world in the heads of Evie and the girls. But these dreams are not as peaceful as they seem to be and Evie gets finds herself caught in a dangerous spider’s web.

// “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” – Alice Hoffman


Reading Emma Cline’s “The Girls” brought back my love for reading and almost immediately after finishing the book, I went out and bought another. I chose “The Museum of Extraordinary Things” by Alice Hoffman, because at first the cover caught my attention and after reading the plot summary, I was hooked. The story focuses on two main characters, Coralie and Eddie. The first lives in the Museum of Extraordinary Things, set in Brooklyn in the tumultuous first decades of the twentieth century. The museum is owned by Coralie’s father, who collects the strangest and most grotesque objects and creatures. The other main character, called Eddie, is a Russian immigrant, who broke free from his family and his religion and now works as a photographer. When Coralie takes a midnight swim in the Hudson river, she stumbles upon the young photographer and from that moment onwards, the two are linked. The author takes her readers on a whirlwind across romance, history and adventure.

// “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” – Ransom Riggs

miss peregrine

This book has been on my to-read list for quite some time, but it sparked my interest again when it was announced that the novel would be adapted onto the silver screen and whimsical director Tim Burton would be the man to do it. I’m a big fan of Burton’s style and choice of stories to adapt, so my interest for “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs was sparked once more. The book is a combination of a story and a collection of photographs, which were collected by the author himself. The story focuses on a young boy, who finds himself at an orphanage for peculiar children following a tragic accident. The orphanage is owned by miss Peregrine (played by the amazing Eva Green in the upcoming adaptation), who offers the young boy a home at the orphanage. But when boy’s tragic past comes back to haunt him, miss Peregrine’s home might not be safe anymore…

// “Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World Of A Fashion Icon” // Megan Hess

Coco Chanel

The last book on the list is also one I got for my birthday and it was kind of the perfect present. My friend Yonna (you can read all about the story behind her wardrobe right here) gave me “Coco Chanel: The Illustrated World Of A Fashion Icon” by Megan Hess. This is the perfect present for me, because I love fashion, stories and illustrations. And the illustrations in this book are incredibly beautiful, feminine and infinitely detailed. It’s such a joy to flip through the book, look at all the gorgeous images and read about Coco Chanel’s life story. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in fashion and illustrations, because it’s simply beautiful.

And those are the boks that are on my to-read list this season and I’m super excited to sit outside in the sun and devour them all. In the upcoming weeks, you can expect reviews of the books mentioned above, so keep an eye on Almost Famous Writer if you’re curious to read what I thought.




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