Summer is coming, and there are a few things sacred to the season that even the strongest virus can’t cancel. Namely, summer reading, eating and jamming out to new music. We’re officially putting a stop to the bedtime scroll with new (and not new) fiction, memoirs and thought-provoking essays; trying out grownup recipes; and listening to a single album on repeat. Here are our recommendations for some sweet summer distractions.


Rediscover your love for Italy with the classic beach read Beautiful Ruins; step into Jia Tolentino’s ever witty world with her collection of insightful essays in Trick Mirror; witness the birth of the New York mob in The Last Pirate of New York; read Ann Patchett’s latest novel The Dutch House (and then call your siblings!); relive your early 20’s in Such a Fun Age; get your small town gossip fix in All Adults Here; vow to save the trees after reading Lab Girl; find good ol’ fashioned family drama in The Most Fun We Ever Had; get deep with Malcolm Gladwell’s latest Talking to Strangers; find out why Sally Rooney is the literary world’s little darling for her quick wit and deep understanding of all things millennial in Normal People and Conversations with Friends; and travel the world falling absolutely in love with Less.


With our social lives at a standstill, we’re taking drama where we can get it, and Alison Roman‘s spicy interview has us whipping up dishes from both her and Chrissy Teigen. We’re loving Vodka Watermelon SlushiesRaw and Roasted Kale with Pistachios and Creamy Pecorino, Mexi Baked Sweet PotatoGrilled Scallops, Cheesy GuacamoleSticky Roasted Carrots and Blackberry-Tarragon Paletas (ie. fancy popsicles). Also, take all the fresh herbs from that garden you started in March and make this amazing Green Sauce, then put it on everything, including these easy Crockpot Chicken Tacos or Yummy Salmon Burger.


If Fiona Apple’s  Fetch the Bolt Cutters isn’t your quarantine soundtrack, it’s time to get on the bus. No music has ever sounded quite like it. For more, download our Summer 2020 playlist on Spotify.

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