June 23, 2016

Pnut’s Summer Book Club’s Must Reads

Tyler Bloom

Look, we get it. Summer is a busy time for everyone, and this year is certainly no exception. But between the weekends of beaching and binging endless amounts of TV, we like to try to fit in a book here and there to remind ourselves that we can read. So for those of us who don’t have much to do this summer (*COUGH* Russian Track and Field Team *COUGH* Failed Republican Presidential Candidates), here’s an admittedly eclectic list of great summer reads:

Looking for a page-turning thriller from one of TV’s most sought-after creators? You should read Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

For the summer days that you zone out imagining becoming a thought leader in your industry, look for Originals by Adam Grant.

More interested in LeBron James’ sneakers than his NBA Finals performance? If you said yes, you should read Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.

If you’ve been looking for another perspective on the Vietnam War, then you should read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Trying to convince your friends that you’ve seen Hamilton on Broadway? You should probably start by picking up Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Thinking of a summer getaway in Eastern Europe? Get up to speed by reading Landscapes of Communism by Owen Hatherley.

If you’re the friend that asks the barista where your coffee comes from, then you should check out Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik.

If you’re like us and can’t imagine the election season going on for another five months, then it’s worth revisiting Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson.

If you live vicariously through watching Narcos and Breaking Bad, then you should read Narconomics: How to Run a Drug Cartel by Tom Wainwright.

For the summer nights when you find yourself asking big questions with no immediate answers, check out But What If We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman.

If you’re looking for a book to read while you wait in line to for Suicide Squad tickets, you should look for The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon.

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