Rust’s Summer Reading List

I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but I did make one “resolution” this year, which I like to refer to as more of a personal challenge (because challenge just makes it a little bit more competitive, ya know?).

That challenge? To read a book a week. So ideally, 52 books in 2019, give or take. 

I’m proud (and a tad smug) to say that I completed my challenge ahead of schedule, currently sitting at 57 books and counting.

Which is why I wanted to create this summer reading list. I’ve got all of these amazing recommendations and no one to share them with, so we’re killing two birds with one stone.

Brilliant reads for you, the gift of giving for me.

To keep things simple, I’ve broken down the list into categories so it’s easier to rifle through. And if you do happen to read any of these beauties, make sure to tag me on Instagram so we can gossip about characters and plot holes.

Non Fiction

Soul Searching

Risk & Resilience – Lisa Messenger

Light is the New Black – Rebecca Campbell

The Friendship Cure – Kate Leaver

The Universe Has Your Back – Gabby Bernstein

Letting Go – David Hawkins

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert


Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling

Island Home – Tim Winton

How to Fail – Elizabeth Day

I Miss You When I Blink – Mary Laura Philpott

Breaking Badly – Georgie Dent

Trick Mirror – Jia Tolentino

I Might Regret This – Abbi Jacobson

Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham

Chillpreneur – Denise Duffield Thomas (this one is more businessy, but still brill!)

True Crime

Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee

She Said – Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey

My Friend Anna – Rachel Williams



Normal People – Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney

One Day – David Nicolls

The Pisces – Melissa Broder

Promising Young Women – Caroline O’Donoghue

Heartburn – Nora Ephron


Words in Deep Blue – Cath Crowley

Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi

Light & Easy

Starcrossed – Minnie Drake

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

Playing with Matches – Hannah Orenstein

While You Were Reading – Ali Berg & Michelle Kalus

Great Books That Don’t Fit Into the Above Categories

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

Sweetbitter – Stephanie Danler

Skin – E.M. Reapy

The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolizter

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Expectation – Anna Hope

Outline – Rachel Cusk

Until the next brew,


Viv + Team Rust


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