In addition to working, this summer I will be completing the literature review portion of my master’s thesis, so I will be reading a ton. I am super excited because I tend to prefer nonfiction lit, anyway.
My research examines the media’s effect on the fashion industry and consumer spending habits, a major area of interest for me. So, I’ll be devouring both Reading Sex and the City (Reading Contemporary Television) by Kim Akass, as well as Fashion Media: Past and Present by Djurdja Bartlett (which includes contributions from Anna Konig, one of my favs).The only book I have on my list purely for pleasure this year is South and West by Joan Didion, a new release. I’ve never read Didion before, so I am so excited to start this summer. South and West is a compilation of two excerpts from Didion’s never-before-seen notebooks; one of which chronicles a road trip through the Deep South the author took with her husband John Gregory Dunne in June 1970.
The other, the “West” portion of this book, “began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976,” according to its description on Amazon.
“Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts and her own upbringing in Sacramento.”Next on my list are three informational, work-related books. Making the Case: How To Be Your Own Best Advocate by Kimberly Guilfoyle, one of my favorite Fox News personalities, is a relatively quick read that received amazing reviews from topnotch sources (including President Trump!).
The Inevitable: Understanding The 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly is slightly outside my comfort zone, but according to its description, full of super important information for anyone in the workforce–especially those interested in the tech side of things.Of course, I am also dying to read Women Who Work: Rewriting The Rules For Success by Ivanka Trump. I read her first book (The Trump Card) last summer, and since then Ivanka has been one of my major role models. So, I’m really looking forward to reading what she has experienced and learned in the time since The Trump Card was published nearly 10 years ago.