I'm sure plenty of you will recognize the bookstore in the photo, Shakespeare and Company. It's an Instagram favorite, and you've no doubt seen it before accompanied by bad poetry about wanderlust. But as someone who's been there in person, I have to admit it lives up to the hype. There's something magical about how you can disappear in there and just get lost amongst the books. There's a tiny room with a typewriter in it, where you can sit down and write little notes. There's a couple of cats roaming around too, because what bookstore isn't complete without cats?

If you've been following me for a while, you know by now that I love books. I spend a lot of time in bookstores, and I wear horn-rimmed glasses and stay up late writing. I'm basically every terrible writer cliche rolled into one. I even drink whiskey on the rocks. So this summer I thought I'd indulge in one more cliche: a reading list. I've never done one before, mostly because Netflix was invented and that's pretty much how I spend my summers. But I really want to try one this year because I'm always telling myself that I'll read more but I never do it. 

So I did a few polls on Instagram and through those results as well as my own research I got a TON of responses, which was wonderful. So I've narrowed them down to 10 books, which I'll list below. All the books are written by women, which I figured went along with the theme of this site. If you'd like to read along with me, I'd be delighted - I'll post updates as I go along, and you can track my progress that way. But I just thought this would be a great exercise in making a list and sticking to it, and I can't wait to broaden my scope with these books.

I'm sure you'll have heard of some of these books before, since some are well known, but others are more off the beaten path so I think there should be a nice mix here with something for everyone. So without further ado, 2018's summer reading list:

Men Explain Things to MeRebecca Solnit

The Sound of Gravel - Ruth Wariner

Just Kids - Patti Smith

How to be a Woman - Caitlin Moran

White Oleander - Janet Finch

You're not Edith - Allison Gruber

West with the Night - Beryl Markham 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion

A Place for Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza

Who is Vera Kelly? - Rosalie Knecht

And that's it! So follow along if you wish, or make your own reading list inspired by mine. I've always wanted to do this, so wish me luck, and maybe I'll do one in the winter as well. I LOVED reading all of your suggestions - it was amazing seeing what you came up with. Happy reading!



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