The final days of summer are coming to a close and cooler weather is creeping in, so naturally it’s the perfect time to cozy up and get lost in a new book — and what better day to start than National Read A Book Day?! We’ve rounded up some classic and modern book suggestions that are favorites around the Lulus office for you to check out! (Or if you’re looking for something along the lines of some motivational reads to keep you productive, check out our Top 5 Mindfulness and Motivation Books to Read!) Read on to see what we’re reading for National Read A Book Day!
Set in post-war London’s East End slums, when healthcare was nearly non-existent, this memoir tells the story of Jennifer Worth and her journey to become a midwife under the guidance of – who’d have thought – a bunch of nuns! Although the story is not at all glamorous, it makes you appreciate the hard work and dedication she had to her patients, even when the situations were dire and unlivable. Heartbreaking, heartwarming, and everything in between, it’s sure to give you all the feels. After reading, be sure to check out the TV series adaptation, Call the Midwife. With six seasons available on Netflix (and a seventh season set for release on September 10th!) it’s the perfect binge-worthy option to get you through the chilly months ahead!
A classic that’s acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, if you haven’t already read it, you’re missing out! Get swept up in drama, romance, and tragedy as you follow Anna Karenina’s passionate love affair with Count Vronsky, and the tragic consequences she faces after leaving her husband during the 19th century in Russia.
This one’s for the Francophiles! This autobiographical story tells the tale of Romain Gary, a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator (who also just so happened to be married to Jean Seberg, one of our favorite French style icons?!). The dreamy writing and sometimes unbelieveable circumstances makes this read like fiction; however, it is the true tale of his upbringing in Russia, Poland, and the French Riviera, the intense bond he and his mother shared, and the adventurous time he served fighting for France in WWII.
If you’re looking for something that’s a light read with a lot of eye-candy, pick this one up! Fashion icon and television personality Alexa Chung fills this dreamy book with personal drawings, photography, hilariously candid thoughts, and even a bit of fashion advice. It’s just the thing to keep on your coffee table and pick up from time to time when life’s feeling a little drab, you need a laugh, or want some style inspo!
After Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet stole our hearts in the film version of this tale, it’s absolutely necessary to pay tribute to the original book from which it was adapted! We promise, this is one of those cases where you’ll love the book equally as much as the movie. Set in northern Italy in the ’80s, André Aciman tells the story of the tumultuous romance that buds between 17-year-old Elio and his father’s 24-year-old student assistant, Oliver, who comes to stay with Elio’s family for the summer. Themes of obsession, fear, fascination, and desire make for an intense read that is both dreamy and crushing at the same time. This is perfect for reading on gloomy days when you wish you were on a romantic Italian vacay, instead of curled up on the couch.
What are you planning to read for National Read A Book Day? Share your book recommendations with us on Instagram by tagging @lulus and #lovelulus or leave them in the comments below!