Put a Little Bookish in Your Summer

We welcome guest blogger and friend Kristl Chavez as she enlightens our bookshelves and provides a much appreciated distraction from the lovely Phoenician heatwave we call summer. Crank the A/C unit, grab an iced beverage and enjoy one (or all!) of Kristl's recommended reads below.

Starting this Fall, Kristl will be fearlessly leading our new book club at Bunky Boutique! Perfect for aspiring book worms, novel OG's and anyone who enjoys good conversation. Interested in joining? Shoot us an email info@bunkyboutique.com

Depending on your stage in life, the words “summer reading” may either give you hives or giggles of delight. Relax! The summer reading I’m here to talk about is the delightful kind! We are deep into summer’s sultriest days and doesn’t an escape sound refreshing right about now?  Give your imagination a little vacation and get your hands on my recommended summer reading below.  Getting lost never felt so cool.

1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Delve into the complex life of a woman who wears so many hats no one is even sure who the real Bernadette is. When she goes missing, all of her worlds are left scrambling. This non-traditional novel is told by a number of voices and through emails and letters. Oh, and it is HILARIOUS.

2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Trailing on the coattails of so many funny people memoirs before it, Modern Romance pretty much rewrites the formula on what it means to be a celebrity and have an opinion these days. Comedian Aziz Ansari enlists the help of sociologist Eric Klinenberg to tackle the subject of love in this the age of sexting and snapping and swiping. The threat that our society is becoming lonelier as our interactions with other people are becoming less meaningful is a real one. Take on this timely subject with laughs to spare. Treat yo’ self.

3. Euphoria by Lily King

Young, brilliant and passionate, three anthropologists find themselves in a dangerous love triangle in 1930s New Guinea. This critically-acclaimed tale was based on actual events in anthropologist Margaret Mead’s life.  It’s romantic, suspenseful and electric.

4. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style and Bad Habits by Anne Berest

With July on its way out, are you already lamenting the fact that your summer vacations just weren’t what you envisioned they would be? Fear not! Berest and friends take turns painting their own Parisian realities so intimately that you can almost picture yourself alongside their daily adventures. This book is one that will force you to think about the way you see yourself and will inspire new ways for you to just BE for ultimate enjoyment. I’m already considering a second read-through.

5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fans of video games, 80s pop culture and life should read this dystopian story. The book is fast paced and brimming with details to geek out about.   

6. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

This oldie but goodie is always on my must-read lists. I figure one day I will catch all the people and the obvious end result will be world peace. Open up to this quick read and discover what it’s like to have the deepest corners of your soul acknowledged and invigorated. Did you already read it back in the day? Give it another turn. After all, you’re a newer, better you.


Kristl Chavez is a librarian, wifey and mama living in Central Phoenix. She enjoys writing snail mail, singing karaoke, throwing parties (often for no reason at all), and red lipstick. She suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust and can usually be found working on entirely too many creative projects at once (but it’s okay, because that’s how she rolls).




To check out a book visit your local library, the Burton Barr Central Library located at 1221 N. Central Ave., 85004.

To purchase a book swing by our local bookstore, Changing Hands Bookstore located at 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013.