Summer Beach Reads For The Career Girl

Summer beach reads for the career girl 

summer reads for the career girl

Don’t listen when anyone says summer is almost over. Even though we are deep into July we still have another solid month of fun in the sun. This means there is plenty of time to catch up on your summer reading and we have a few suggestions that will keep you entertained and enthralled.

“The Vacationers”  by Emma Straub

The VacationersWhat’s better than going on a vacation? Reading about a vacation! Author Emma Straub writes about one family’s two-week trip to the island of Mallorca and all the craziness that ensues.

“Friendship” by Emily Gould

You may recognize the name of the author as she is a former Gawker editor and super duper blogger ((“Emily Magazine,” “Heartbreak Soup”). The book looks at the complex relationship between lifelong female friends trying to carve out careers in the crazy world that is New York City. According to Christian Science Monitor writer Grace Bello, “Gould’s strengths as a writer lie in her ability to portray contemporary women. Both main characters, who moved to Manhattan – well, Brooklyn – in order to conquer it often end up defeated. ”

“Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell

Sometimes it is nice to read about an office (especially when you are far away from yours on a beach). Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments follows the email correspondence between two female co-workers gabbing all about their relationships. Eventually an internet security officer falls for one of the women based on her private exchanges with the other woman. Fun stuff!

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is having her it moment and for good reason. “Wild”, which will come out as a movie this fall starring Reese Witherspoon, is about one woman’s incredible journey (that is a true story) to find herself again. At the age off 22, Strayed lost her mother, her true rock, to cancer. Overcome with grief she falls into a devastating downward spiral which leads to the dissolution of her marriage and drug abuse. She ends up deciding that the way to get her life back on track is to hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, a challenge for even the most skilled of hikers. It is an incredible journey for both her and the reader that challenges every bone in her body (you may never complain about uncomfortable shoes after reading this) and confronts all her emotions.

“Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery” by Robert Kolker

If you like a thriller during the summer than this is for you. This is a true-crime novel about five online escorts found murdered and cast across Long Island.

“The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz

body-bookThis is more than just a coffee table book. Cameron Diaz really does know her stuff and she is going to teach you all about your body and how to make sure it is functioning right. She will also inspire you. She writes, “You will be the most beautiful and healthy and confident woman that you can be, and you deserve that, because YOU ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU HAVE EVER IMAGINED. Whether you wish you had longer legs or smaller hips, bigger boobs or less pointy ears, this book is for you. It’s a guide to accepting what you have and loving it with everything you’ve got, to appreciating how incredible this physical vehicle is. It’s a guide to maximizing your strength and endurance so that your body can take you everywhere you want to go in life: to all of your success, to the love of your life, to your passions and adventures.” Plus, it does look nice on a coffee table!

Meredith Lepore

Meredith is the former editor in chief of the women's career site, The Grindstone. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire @ Work, The Jane Dough, DailyWorth,, Business Insider and Learnvest. She earned her Masters in Magazine, Newspaper and Online journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Meredith resides in New York full time and enjoys reading, jogging, SoulCycle and playing with her small dog, Otis.