When you’re not reading Pulse Magazine, what are you reading? If you’re still not sure (we couldn’t put down the June issue either…), here’s what writers and even some Pulse staffers are bringing to the beach. Because who better to get advice from?
Bhagavad Gita–it’s a yogi must read.
–Lilien Perito, associate publisher
Looking forward to reading Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest book, the memoir In Other Words. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian American author moved to Rome and decided to write her new memoir in Italian. Her original text and the English translation are on facing pages as if it were a work of poetry. It’s about searching for new beginnings, a new identity.
–Lisa Heffernan, contributing writer
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo. It should take about three hours to read and perhaps six months to apply in practice. The complete eight-volume compendium Handbook of Wood- and Metalcuts of the 15th-century by W.L. Schreiber, written between 1926-1930 and entirely in German. Much like a religious scholar tackling the Bible, it’s an eventuality that one must sit down and plod through the whole thing, word for word. And so I’m biting that bullet.
–Robert Ross, contributing writer
If I am not reading things about DIY projects, I am big into fiction. Two of my favorite authors are Haruki Murakami and Banana Yoshimoto. There is something so magical and emotive about their writing that instantly transports you to another strange and mysterious world. On my list is The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto, and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.
–Mariko Zervos, assistant art director
All the Single Ladies, All the Difference, To the Lighthouse
–Beth Ann Clyde, social strategist
The Perdition Score by Richard Kadrey is at the top of my summer reading list. Action, intrigue and dark urban fantasy. It’s the perfect pulpy summer read for me.
–Alex Costello, contributing writer
I will be reading The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz. He is a pastry chef from the award winning San Francisco restaurant Chez Panisse that dropped everything and moved to Paris. It’s a fantasy for me along with cooking every recipe in the book by summer’s end. And Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie—I read her award winning Americanah in two days. I saw a little bit of myself in her experiences, and she also takes me to a place I fantasize about going to: Nigeria.
–Shandi Alexander, contributing fashion stylist
I have heard good things about The Girls by Emma Cline, so that’s on my list!
–Kristen Bolton, account executive
While soaking in some rays at the beach I will be rereading classic novels such as Lord of the Flies by William Golding and Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. These novels are fantastic and still have relevancy. I always discover something different and fascinating about human nature every time I read them.
I also plan on getting a jump start on my own required readings for a graduate class I am taking in the fall. One of the novels on the syllabus is Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Borrough, published in 1914. This original version propelled an extensive series of Tarzan books and film adaptions, and I am excited to see where the story began.
For leisurely reading, my personal summer pick is A Thousand Splendid Suns, a fictional account of two Afghani women who are dealing with the effects of war, together. A friend of mine recently recommended the novel to me, raving about the story and saying it is her all-time favorite. When I realized that the author was Khaled Hosseini I was sold! During the winter, I read Hosseini’s controversial bestseller, The Kite Runner, and couldn’t put it down. It was that good.
–Kim Marie, contributing writer
Tell us: what are you reading this summer?