HelloGiggles Team
Updated Jul 01, 2014 @ 4:34 pm
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Here’s the deal: Summer TV is kind of meh. The fate of Nick and Jess/Mindy and Danny will not be revisited and resolved until fall (seriously, counting down), all the Thrones have been sorted out on Game of Thrones until next year, and we’ve run out of Orange Is The New Black (greedy us). On top of this, the only bearable time to exercise is first thing in the morning before the temperature reaches triple digits and you can forget about baking anything ever in your kitchen heat. So what is a human to do with summer’s free time? READ, that’s what. Whether you love the season’s hot days or find them mildly tolerable, we can all agree that knocking a couple of novels off of your Book-It bucket list or getting down with some great self-help is a smart way to spend your time. Are you looking for some stellar summer reads? Here’s what the HelloGiggles staff and contributors are obsessing over and excited about right now.

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing byMira Jacob

Mira Jacob is one of those writers who lives so deeply inside everything that it is to be human and whose eye and ear for perfect details will make you laugh and nod and cry and just feel the feels like a giant breathless wallop to your heart. In this, her big, sprawling debut novel, Jacob explores one family’s journey from ’70s India to ’80s New Mexico to ’90s Seattle and everything that happens to all of them in between. It is a story about bonds and family and love and death and it is a story you should definitely read. (Out today on Amazon.)—Jennifer Romolini

JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well