What We’re Reading This Summer

Every summer there’s at least one book that deserves the dedication of our time to be read from cover to cover. However, with so many titles available to pique your interest, it can be hard to discern which one to choose from. So, in order to help with this dilemma, we picked our fabulous contributors’ brains to see what they fancy reading this season – whether it be on a sun-soaked holiday or simply taking a much needed escape from our fast-paced world during the work week – to help provide you with the best suggestions this side of the WWW.


Contributor: Gracie StewartThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist tells the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest leads him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
Contributor: Lucas Samoza – Crazy Rich Asians
While on summer vacation, I love to indulge in an easy read – something escapist, glamorous, and totally unserious. Crazy Rich Asians (aside from having a great, attention-grabbing title and a dazzling gold book jacket) is a hilariously opulent and over-the-top peek into the Chinese high society of Singapore. This is the perfect engrossing beach read for those who like fashion and the soap-opera-level antics of the rich behaving badly.
Contributor: Sarah Bertness – Confessions of an Art Addict
I have this thing with memoirs- writers, artists, musicians, designers – there’s something so intimate and inspiring about getting inside a fellow creative’s head and reading about what makes them tick. I never hit the beach without a stack of them along with a pencil to take notes, and this summer I’m re-reading Peggy Guggenheim’s “Confessions of an Art Addict.” Chronicling her life championing some of the most important artists of the 20th century, as collector, curator, lover and friend, Guggenheim went against the grain of the namesake New York City family art museum to support modernism and European avant-garde movements long before they were accepted by the establishment. Just be warned, you’ll be booking a trip to go see her collection in Venice before you make it through the pages.


Contributor: Andrea Mestrovic – Still Here

I just finished reading Still Here by Lara Vapnyar. It’s a glimpse into the complexities of cultural adjustment in the age of one digital society.  It dabs into provocative concepts around life after life ends and the realness of what role virtual reality might play in our future.


Contributor: Julia Urgel – Andre Agassi Open: An Autobiography

A friend (@crisruizmontesinos) recommended the book in her Instagram account and I usually trust her suggestions. I love Agassi’s honesty about his life and lifestyle. Incredible autobiography!


Contributor: Lacy Redway – The $100 Startup

I’ve been reading a lot of self-help books lately. It’s really inspiring me to look at business in a different way and teaching me that you don’t have to have a lot of money  upfront in order to make your business successful.

About the Author

Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m