The weather's warming up, and you're going to need a whole lot of books to read on those beach trips, plane rides, and warm, sunny days lazing in the park. Before you head to the bookstore and wade through the staff recommendation shelf (or, ok, pick from the bestseller table based on the book covers), Emma Roberts already has it figured out for you. Our girl laid out her 12 summer must-reads on Instagram yesterday, and oof, you've got work to do.
With a great mix of buzzy must-reads, like Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch and Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the list also has more than a few classic tomes you should have read in college but probably didn't. Among them are Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract, Proust's In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way, Volume 1 and Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. They're not your typical beach reads, but they're certainly a great way to keep your mind sharp in the warmer months. To put it in Voltaire terms, being smart and being a beach babe is the best of all possible worlds, right?
To make life even easier, we've laid out the Roberts' entire reading list below. Your next three months are just a few clicks away, and trust us—you need to start now.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract, $27.99, available at Amazon.
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life, $12.27, available at Amazon.
Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, $10.40, available at Amazon.
John Keats, Of Time and an Island, $15.80, available at Amazon.
Joan Didion, Play It As It Lays, $9.37, available at Amazon.
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, $10.50, available at Amazon.
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey, $6.99, available at Amazon.
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch, $12.28, available at Amazon.
Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way, Volume 1, $11.47, available at Amazon.
C.E. Morgan, The Sport of Kings, $17.47, available at Amazon.
Elizabeth J. Church, The Atomic Weight of Love, $15.57, available at Amazon.
Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, $10.30, available at Amazon.