Don’t get too blogged bogged down by the forced immediacy of today’s constantly flowing tidbits of information. Remember to read. For fun. We might be “grown ups” now, but a summer reading list 2014 should still be a thing.

summer reading list for 2014

featured images of Westsiders Bookstore photographed by SHARON ZOBALI for SHK 

Did you hear about the NPR stunt on April Fool’s Day? It was perfect. In case you’ve yet to come across the prank, NPR posted this question on their Facebook page, “Why Doesn’t America Read Anymore?” But, if you actually clicked on the article, you’d find a short paragraph reading, “ Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools’ Day! We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven’t actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let’s see what people have to say about this ‘story.’”

And guess what? There was a shit ton of comments, some of which were super defensive, that were clearly generated and posted without the commenter having clicked through to the article. Is this really what it’s come to? Are we generating “philosophical” thoughts off of headlines alone?

No matter how much we want to deny it, reading has been transformed in the digital age. We’re constantly over stimulated by short, to-the-point thoughts, like laser beams from every direction. So although I’m all about embracing the new, there will always be something about the smell of a good book — new or old. Since it’s time to prep for summer, and hopefully you’re life will begin to slow down a bit, here are a few reads for some casual stimulation. Note: the books in this Summer Reading List 2014 aren’t all new, but they’re all worth it. If you have any suggestions you think we should add, please leave comments below.


a denim story book cover


Rooted in classic American style, A Denim Story (created by the masterminds of Current/Elliot) is a hardcover keepsake ideal for coffee tables from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Sure, we wear jeans all the time, but we often forget about the significance of their timeline, a structure that’s precisely curated throughout this Rizzoli publication — complete with awe-inspiring photography depicting icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Patti Smith, Jane Birkin, Kate Moss (all the gals we love) and more. Plus, mood boards and tidbits of info that will make you look at your denim wardrobe with a new eye of appreciation.

a denim story book images drew barrymore

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