Poolside, on a plane, on a train, in the grass – it seems like during the summer there are endless places to cozy up with a book and make good on that New Year’s resolution to read one per week. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of good reads out now (and a few older ones we’re finally getting to or taking out of the library for the umpteenth time).

While we’re reading From the Corner of the Oval for book club, here’s what the GNI Reads team is reading outside of book club this month:

Book 1
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
"Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls" is a coming-of-age memoir about a biracial queer woman, growing up weird in the weird that is Florida – and the ways in which each of her parents affected her. Madden is a fiction writer and professor, and you can see it in her lyrical prose and the book’s structure, told in three major parts but weaving and threading like memory. Famously sold partially on the merit of a single essay "The Feels of Love," which I've read ritualistically every few months about four times now, this book sneaks up on you, in part because you can read each essay as a standalone, but put put together you get a staggeringly beautiful, thoughtful, and honest story. She writes like a dream and shows us what a memoir is like at its best. Also, just look at that beautiful cover! Look at it!! - Raquel Breternitz, GNI Reads DC Host (@raqraqraqraqraqraq)
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Book 2
With the Fire on High
"I've been anticipating this book for so long! Elizabeth Acevedo's first novel, *The Poet X*, made me fall in love with YA all over again and I can't wait to read and connect with her latest foray into the genre. I'm especially interested in this one because it explores the Puerto Rican experience, young single motherhood, and the magic of food – all of which are topics close to my heart!" - Tyler Calder, GNI HQ Team (@tylerkcalder)
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Book 3
Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
"This book exposes the implicit discrimination and misogyny that thrives within Silicon Valley. Given her profound journalism background, Emily Chang beautifully recounts the evolution of the tech industry and how we've arrived at the "bro-culture" that persists today. It's a heartbreaking but necessary read for those who want to transform and elevate minorities in the technological landscape." - Mady Maio, GNI Reads LA Host (@madymaio)
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Book 4
The Great Believers
"A chance encounter with Lisa Lucas (Executive Director of the National Book Award, for which this book was shortlisted) led me to *The Great Believers*. The book deftly moves between narrators and time periods telling the story of a group of friends, mostly gay men, in Chicago in the mid-to-late 1980s, and about one of the friends (now an adult) in 2015 who has gone to Paris in search of her estranged daughter. I've never read such a moving and honest portrayal of the terrors and tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, from its early days to its repercussions over the decades. While tears are a given, Makkai weaves in surprises and sweetly comic moments that temper the pain of the inevitable." - Cass Johnson, GNI Reads Brooklyn Host (@cassandramjohnson)
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Book 5
Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered
Murderinos, listen up! It's finally here – the book born from popular true-crime podcast, *My Favorite Murder.* Full of life tips and friendly tangents (and not really all that much murder), this book is like reading a memoir built for two as hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark trade life lessons in their signature keep-it-real and tackle-the-tough-stuff style." - Katrina Kagan, GNI HQ Team (@katrinakagan)
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Book 6
Daisy Jones & The Six
"This was like a book version of an episode of VH1’s *Behind the Music* and I couldn’t put it down! While the band in the story may be fiction, the emotions you feel for them are real and the rollercoaster ride they’re on will make you want to buy their album (even though it doesn’t exist!)." - Cara Meiselman, GNI Reads Programming Lead (@caraizzle)
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Book 7
Red, White & Royal Blue
"Imagine an alternate version of present times where a divorced Democratic mom from Texas wins the 2016 US presidential election. Then her half-Mexican, cover-of-GQ-gracing son falls in love with the Prince of England. Just go with me here... this book is perfect to read on a beach and reminds you of the excitement of first love. You'll want to hang out with Alex, Henry and their crew and wish you lived in this reality!" - Mallorie Valentine, GNI Reads Manhattan Host (@mallorierose)
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Book 8
Normal People
"Sally Rooney continues to write literary fiction that eerily showcases the actual lives of young adults of today. *Normal People* explores the relationship between Marianne and Connell, from adolescence to young adulthood — it's painfully real, and reflects experiences you or your friends could have lived. It's a love story that will slowly tear your soul into pieces, not so much from heartbreak but from memories of how you were "at that age." Read it under that shady tree in the park, or in a coffeeshop with people bustling about — you'll feel the need to connect with people around you, even in a solitary way as you read." - Eunice Bae, GNI Reads Operations Lead (@eunibae)
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Book 9
Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language
"WOW, I loved this book so much. If you've been on the internet in the past few years, you've probably read a thinkpiece on the way women speak. Our society is so hyperobsessed with policing vocal fry, upspeak, and whether women say 'sorry' too much that sometimes we don't stop to ask why it is that we're critiquing women so harshly. This quick read is a surprisingly academic exploration of gendered language, voices, and how some of the most illicit words in the English language came to be." - Tyler Calder, Editorial & Content Lead at GNI (@tylerkcalder)
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Book 10
The Cuckoo's Calling
"J.K. Rowling dons pseudonym Robert Galbraith to illustrate a fictional London in the aftermath of a beloved model's death. Detective Cormoran Strike works tirelessly to determine a cause of death with his temp turned new hire, Robin, whose fiancé is less than thrilled by her new job. I downloaded this book on a whim and after only a few pages, I was quickly looking forward to the next day’s hour-long commute. Even if mystery isn’t normally your thing, give this one a try to keep you (quite literally in my case) on the edge of your seat!" - Jordan Peterson, GNI Reads Boston Host (@jordangpeterson)
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What books are you into right now, and recommend for the summer? Let us know in the comments below.