Summer is right around the corner, which means that we’ll soon be lounging at the beach, catching rays and catching up on some much-needed reading.
Whether you’re into novels, essay collections, or autobiographies—MILLE rounds up five of our favourite books to add to your reading-list.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between The World And Me
Published in 2015, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between The World And Me became an instant best seller. The book was inspired by a meeting Coates had with former US President Barack Obama. It’s his autobiography, written as a letter a father writes to his teenage son, where the writer discusses the black experience in America—covering every aspect from his feelings, to symbolism and the everyday realities of being African American.
The Unexpected Love Objects of Dunya Noor – Rana Haddad
This satirical, coming of age story is Haddad’s first novel—and one that’s sure to keep you engaged up until the very last page. The journalist-turned-author writes the tale of Dunya Noor, a Syrian photographer whose rebellious nature causes her a lot of trouble in 1980s Syria. She is then sent to live in England where she eventually meets and falls in love with Hilal – and they make the decision to return to Syria where they begin a poetic, life-changing journey.
To Save Everything, Click Here – Evgeny Morozov
If you’re interested in the effect technology has on the world, then this is definitely the book for you. Award-winning author, Eveny Morozov, lays out how technology interferes with our public lives, and puts on the table the threats the digital age can pose.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture – Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay’s latest book, Not That Bad, definitely deserves a spot on your summer reading list. The book is a collection of essays about people who’ve had encounters with rape culture.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – We Should All Be Feminists
Best-selling novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists is an essential read for everyone. The book provides a unique definition of 21st century feminism—a brand of feminism that is above all – inclusive. She details all the different ways women are discriminated against and marginalized all over the world, often drawing from her own experiences, and providing a perspective that sheds light on the female experience today.